Putting up a Christmas tree is a lot of work. Taking it down and carefully putting away all of the ornaments seem like even more work. Is it worth it?
That depends on you and your vision of what this Christmas season looks and feels like. For me, it is totally worth the effort. I love coming out each morning to my living room, turning on the lights of my tree, and enjoying that first cup of coffee. It centers me and helps me get ready for the day ahead. There was only one Christmas that I was just not going to mess with the tree and that was a year of deep depression. Fortunately others intervened and the tree went up. Almost every ornament on that tree has meaning and memories for me. I know though as I continue to age, it is getting harder. At some point I may need to look at options like hiring someone to help or downsizing the tree.
I have one client who is in the midst of decluttering her home. She has decided that this year she does not want to bring out all her holiday trimmings because she feels it will just set her back on her progress. I have another client who has several artificial trees. She has decided to go with just one of her smaller ones and concentrate on her yard ornaments. Some people are traveling most of the holiday season and plan to put out just a few ornaments around the house and a wreath on the door.
The important thing is to know your vision and your reasons. Don’t do things just because you always have done it or because others think you should. Do what gives you happiness and plan your time accordingly.
Jonda S. Beattie Professional Organizer