What goes up must come down. The only problem with vast inside and outside Christmas decorating is that it is fun to put up but could definitely be labeled, “work” when it is time to take it all down.
In a conversation with my youngest, I realized the “letting go” is a problem for other people as well. She still has Christmas balls, lights, and other decorations that she inherited from my household when I went on the road as a full-time RVer back in 1986. Since I “let go” of all that stuff, my accumulating has mostly taken place since I settled on to my lot in Arizona a few years ago; consequently, my decorations no longer have sentimental value.
I did my best with taking a hard look at what I could put up on the White Elephant Table for somebody else to pack away each year. I did exceedingly well. A very heavy Christmas ball music box, a 14” Santa that no longer bends and laughs, and a few small village houses that didn’t quite fit, were taken from the WET almost before I set them down.
Although I snail-mailed the 2012 Christmas family montage and letter to that segment of friends and family who do not indulge in the Internet, I sent as many as possible via e-mail. A group of e-cards went to other friends who probably were delighted not to get the usual listing of all the endless family accomplishments. I probably received greetings in about the same proportions. I’ll take all the snail mail cards I received, cut the beautiful fronts off and also put them up on the WET for artistic people to create other cards.
And now it is time to start my one New Year’s resolution, to get back into walking each day. God Bless until next week.
Winter in the Wilderness, the first e-book novel published by Minshall, and her fourth edition of RVing Alaska and Canada are available through Amazon.com.
At 45, Widow Minshall began 20 years of solo full-time RVing throughout Alaska, Mexico, and Canada. Sharlene canoed the Yukon, mushed sled dogs, worked a dude ranch, visited Hudson Bay polar bears, and lived six months on a Mexican beach. She lectured at Life on Wheels, published six RV-related books and wrote a novel, “Winter in the Wilderness.”