It's the first day of the new year and I'm a little saddened that it's over. Christmas, that is. I am sitting in my office / dining room looking around at the emptiness. Just a few hours ago it was full of Christmas warmth. The trees, yes multiple trees, are slowly being undecorated. Nothing left but the lights. A stack of bins sit near the garage door waiting to be stuffed back in the attic.
There's only one Christmas item that stays out all year. It started as a Christmas explosion one year before I had our second son. A neat little wire reindeer was placed on the kitchen plant shelf above the island and forgotten. At a mid-summer gathering a friend noticed it up there and we laughed. Again a few months later it was brought up in conversation. Then finally Christmas came around and we liked not having to climb up on a chair or ladder to get it. So we left it. Our Christmas Year Round Reindeer has been a part of our everyday lives for five years and counting.