January 17, 2013. It’s been 23 days since Christmas and all through my house, I still see Christmas everywhere!
There is a tree up in the living room!
There is a tree up in my den!
There are five stockings still hanging from my mantle!
The plastic Charlie Brown decorations are still sitting by the fireplace!
I think there are a few unwrapped presents for my nieces under one of the trees!
I am not sure how much more I can take! I’m pretty sure our home is the only still fully decorated for Christmas in my part of the neighborhood!
Tonight my dinner was served on the Christmas dishes! My wife says they are “winter” seasonal dishes!
I have mentioned my concerns to my wife, but she doesn’t seem to care too much! I think if she had her choice, the Christmas holidays would last all year! I would try to take down the decorations myself, but I am not sure how she would react. I’m afraid I would be banished to the couch! She might even inflict physical harm on me!
I’m trying not to over-analyze this situation or blow it out of proportion, but I think my wife might have a problem. I understand why she likes the holidays, but can everyday really be a holiday? In her world, that maybe the case. I’m talking about a woman who still loves playing LEGO Harry Potter on the Wii – even though she’s already finished the game 5 or 6 times already. So what am I supposed to do about this Christmas situation?
The kids aren’t much help either. Every night when I get home from work, the lights on the tree are on, and they are still watching the Christmas movies they DVRed prior to Christmas – you know the old Claymation ones from the late ’60s and ’70s. What am I supposed to do?
My wife has threatened to leave the trees up all year and re-decorate them for Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, 4th of July, Halloween, and the kids birthdays. I’m not sure what to think about that. It would definitely make these occasions much more festive.
I’m not sure why I should be concerned! My parents leave their tree up and fully decorated year-round. When it’s not in use, it gets covered with a king size bed sheet. This is probably OK though since the tree is located in the living room that is never used except at Christmas. Personally, I don’t condone leaving the tree up year-round, but I understand why they do it. They do put up the other decorations though, however they have been known to be placed in a box and stored on the back staircase for long periods of time.
I guess I will have to take matters into my own hands this coming weekend! I hope I can enlist the help of one of my daughters. It may take some sort of bribe to make it happen! I’ll keep you posted. Wish me luck!