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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Capturing Time

 I was inspired by Jodie to play with my camera. I wanted to capture a bit more Holiday before it is time to pack it up for another year.

How long do you leave your decorations up?

Do you save some to leave scattered about for winter?

Do you wait for Epiphany to take down the Nativity if you have one?

Are you ready for a fresh New Year?

Or do you find it hard to say good bye to this season?

I think I feel a little bit of both.


I really will try to honor Christmas in my heart and keep it all the year.

Have a day of quiet joys, P.

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Anonymous said...

My decorations are in their boxes & will be stowed in the closet this weekend. Hubby always helps out with that chore...... What I was so anxious & excited to get out at Halloween I am now quickly dispatching to their storage. Why is that I wonder??? I really think it is because of the saturation of Yuletide Madness we are all exposed to... Sad.... Maybe next year I will limit myself to TV & radio more!!
Happy New Year!!


I have taken down the trees already and have started putting away the smaller pieces. I like to have some of the more festive pieces for New Year's and I keep most of the red decorations out to re-arrange and "redress" to use for Valentines Day.

Have a Happy New Year!


LuLu Kellogg said...

Lovely pictures!

I leave out most of my white things throughout the winter that don't scream "Christmas"....I love having pretty things out and around to inspire me. I love your bird cage.

Happy New Year,
LuLu Kellogg

Laura said...

Ordinarily I would have started putting them up by now, but I am waiting until right after the first.

I have been reading so many blog posts on how to do that efficiently. It is all so interesting.


happy New Year

Linda said...

I usually take down my trees on New Years Day but start on some of the other decorations before that. I try to decorate for another month or so in a winter theme...hard to put EVERYTHING away. Love your bird cage and the clip on bird on top!!

vintage girl at heart said...

Most of mine are down with a few Wintery and glittery exceptions. I did leave my birdcages dressed and a few other items but I really need to deep dust after our fire right before Christmas so this is the first year i have taken it all down theday after Christmas. My mantra this year is to organize and create and I am off to a good head start!!!
Peace and Love to you in the New Year!

Tristan Robin Blakeman said...

Your bird cage is so beautiful! ... and I love the grotto/cave that your nativity is arranged in!

I took everything down yesterday and packed it away. There are still lights around the windows...but I'm thinking I may leave them up year round this time. I like seeing little white faery lights in July and August.

The only other holiday I really decorate for is Halloween. The other holidays may get a nod here and there ... but no serious stuff LOL.

Happy New Year!

Debra @ Common Ground said...

Beautiful photos, Pam. I put up my "Christmas" things yesterday and left out the "winter" which is my mantle with greenery etc. I still like the glitter around until the New Year. Then I'm ready for a fresh start. Have a wonderful week and Happy New Year!

alice said...

At the moment I just really love to look at all my cloches. I will probably start sometime this week. When I was growing up we always waited until Epiphany. I am looking forward to a much happier year as always! I lost quite a few wonderful friends this year. I am missing them. Maybe you have inspired me to start on my new mantel look! Love your blog. Happy New Year to you Pam and your family.
Smiles, alice

Geralyn Gray said...

You did a great job capturing the beauty of Christmas decorations...when I was leaving for work one day my husband asked is it alright to take the decorations down----I looked and he said oh yeah we have to wait for the 3 guys to get there (3 wisemen) after 27 years he is finally catching on. He used to want everything down for the new year but I wait until the epiphany.....this year I looked at my tree Christmas day and realized I never made it back to the attic to put the angel up on the tree.....and I just thought one less thing to pack up....and I enjoy decorating....but, it would be better to have it up all year round.....the attic is cold to put everything back.....much more fun putting everything up.

Rochelle said...

Love your decor.....such a wintry fresh white look! I keep my decor up until January 5th. I work on it a little at a time as there is A LOT to put away!
Have a great New Year!

Jodie LeJeune said...

aaahhhh Pam, I just love your wintery floo floos (pretties). That's what my son calls all of the "things" that are not necessary around the house ;)
I didn't decorate this year because of our loss of our Dad but I really enjoyed your blog this holiday season. I loved to see the matchboxes being opened everyday and I loved to see your decorated home and your family enjoying this joyous holiday. I loved it and I lived my holiday "at your home". Thank you for making everything so beautiful (including me wearing my beautiful Lia Sophia jewelry!) and I'm looking forward to what you have in store for us to enjoy this coming year. Take your time in putting things away...I don't mind at all~
everything vintage

Jules of Whimsicalnotions blog said...

All down and packed as of a few days ago.I dont know after christmas day the magic is just gone.I love your birdcage but then i am partial to a birdcage or 3.
Happy new year.