We pledged to try to make Christmas more simple this year--to "unplug the machine" as it were. I guess we succeeded somewhat, but I still have a few cards to send, I never made that third variety of Christmas cookies that I promised my husband, and we missed a few parties due to other committments. It seems the holiday season has flown by much more quickly than before and I don't know why exactly.
We put our tree up later this year (Dec. 17th). I thought that might make the prevent "holiday creep" and inspire a greater spirit of the season, but it didn't work. The tree is still drying out quickly, and although I say I want to keep it up until after the new year, I'm not entirely sure that I'll be able to do it.
I spent this morning putting away Christmas clutter and it's not even Christmas yet. I think that the additional clutter of the holiday in a small house feel a bit confining. So we have pledged to declutter severly after the holidays. Stay tuned to see it that works!