Taking down the decorations is never as much fun as putting them up. However for me, this year, it has been enjoyable. I was not feeling well enough to dress our tree as normal this year, so daughter Jess did. As she is celebrating a belated 21st birthday, in New York, this week, she is unavailable for the de - decorating chores. Luckily,in my gap between chemo treatments I’ve been feeling good, so have got stuck into removing decorations and lovingly wrapping them until next year.
Each group of decorations comes with a story, that I have enjoyed reliving as I’ve wrapped and stored each little treasure.
|The whole pile.......from the US, from Ireland, from Hungary, Prague, Mexico,India, Australia( note the Koala angel ! ) and various parts of the UK.|
|the Santa Collection...some of which were acquired from Kohls in Sheboygan in 1984....others were gifts|
|Americana....elephants, New England fishermen and red barns|
|graham crackers, chocolate & marshmallows........a reminder of a brilliant log cabin vacation in Door County when Jess learned all about smors.|
|Henry VIII & a few wives....and a Bishop....|
|Betty Boop....discovered in a TK Max sale bin in Huddersfield.... I was thrilled.|
|home made by the children at various stages|
|Gifts from friends in Wisconsin in 1984... we had a secret Santa ornament giving session between the staff at the school where I taught. These were my acquisitions, and remain two of my favourites.|
|I have a whole series of these beautiful wooden ornaments, celebrating Christmas in Kohler...every year since 1984.|
Anyway, they are all packed away again now.....carefully preserved in tissue paper, ready for next year.