January 6th. The last day I can keep my Christmas decorations up. I always hold off on taking them down until the last day when I can justify keeping them up. Some people rush to take them down as soon as possible once Christmas Day is over, some feel a need to take them down before New Year’s Day. I’ve never understood that impulse. I’m one of those that resists.
Once they’re down, I miss Christmas. Not just because I miss the lights and the decorations and the cheerful movies, but also because then it’s just winter.
It’s not that I don’t like winter. I do. I love snow and I don’t really mind the cold; it’s just that winter feels so long and in winter it feels like there is little to look forward to. I’m usually a pretty positive person, so I decided today to look for all the things I like about the post-Christmas winter season and post some of those things each week. I’ve found in my life that if you actively look for the positive you’re more likely to find it, so I’m seeking out the brightness of winter.