It's the last Sunday of 2012 and I am putting Christmas away. Packing it up and storing it safely away for another 300 days or so.
The slow removal of fragile golden ornaments is a quiet and contemplative ritual for me. I like to be alone while putting Christmas away. Everything has a special place and I am aware that the more carefully I put the decorations away, the easier and smoother it will be to decorate our home once again for Christmas 2013.
My new furry little partner this year has been banished to the backyard. She assumed the packing foam and shiny red tinsel was hers for the taking. I
shouted gently requested she "Drop it!" and her eyes flickered with excitement at the new game as she stared me down with packing foam and strands of tinsel hanging from her mouth.
So much for sweet moments of reviewing the years' end.
I walk all over the house looking for signs of the holiday that I may have missed. You get used to seeing Christmas everywhere and almost every year I find some small magnet or ribbon that is still up once the boxes are packed away into the garage. The house looks so bare once the greenery and colorful decorations are stripped away. My eyes have to adjust to the change over the next few days.
Good-bye Christmas 2012.
I've said too many good-byes this year and I am ready for some hellos.
Hello to new ways of walking with God.
Hello to contentment mixed with adventure.
Hello new writing jobs.
Hello new blog friends all over the world.
Hello to embracing the life that God has given me to live.
Hello to an open heart that is ready to go, do and be, where, what and who HE says I am.
I am putting Christmas away.
It's going into the box along side 2012, so I'll have room for 2013.
Hello 2013....I've been waiting for you!