The Last day of Christmas

As the last day of Christmas comes to an end I always feel sad.  I'm sad that Christmas is just about over; that the tree and decorations come down.  That my beautiful Christmas dishes go away for 11 more months, the stockings are packed away with our New Year's resolutions in them and my christmas cd's go back on the shelf.

Although this Christmas has been a little out of the ordinary I feel truly blessed with the love of family and friends.  My dear sweet hubby finally made it back home; my darling father in-law's health has greatly improved, my new heater is on it's way ;)

the boy made it home!

Well he's not our boy but it feels like it.  My daughter's cute and adorable boyfriend returned home from basic training.

So yes-sir-ee, life is good!  So although the tree in the living room goes back to the attic I still admire the one that stays up year round in the dining room.  And even if the christmas dishes are on the top shelf I can always get a climpse of them daily when I reach for the every day dishes.  Just because the calendar says Christmas won't be back until December I can always manage to keep it in my heart and in my home year round!

Merry Christmas!

~ participating in my first Ruby Tuesday ~


  1. Dear Sharon,

    I'm missing bits of Christmas now too. Each day when I get home from work, there are fewer decorations up. The MAN is at the tail end of his personal celebration as he first put up but now takes down the celebration that I think is closest to his heart.

    Welcome home to your loved ones too. Our daughter's boyfriend is also home for a while. It's hard being apart but separation has made them stronger. I wish the same for your daughter.

  2. Yes, we can keep Christmas in our hearts all year through. Looks like you have much to be thankful for as we start a new year. Blessings!

  3. Oh, those stockings look delightful!

  4. Happy Ruby Tuesday ! I'm glad you have so much to thankful for in the New Year. It sounds like you are keeping Christmas in your heart.

  5. Hi SHaron
    I'm happy for you that everyone is back home and I hope that 2010 will be a blessed year for you and your family.
    Hugs, Rhondi

  6. Actually Christmas is never over. I got this beautiful card from Annie, quoting Charles Dickens,"I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all year."
    Nice pictures of stockings and young love.
    From Felisol

  7. I want to see the one that stays up year round in the dining room!

  8. those stockings are lovely. Happy New Year!

  9. What a nice Christmas wrap-up post. I wish I'd been blogging back in the day when we did massive decorating -- writing about the mixed emotions that un-decorating brings would have helped. (Back then blogging hadn't even been invented ;>)

  10. I'm in the process of taking down the decorations, and find that is one of my least favorite jobs of the year. But I'm already making lists of what I need next year, and what I would like to do, so it keeps me from feeling too badly.

    I wanted to congratulate you too, on your recent award from Haunt Jaunt, for the Best Halloween Blog Party Hostess! It WAS a lot of fun, and your award is well deserved! CONGRATULATIONS!!

  11. what a delightful post, Sharon..i love those sweet stockings..thanks for visiting :~)

  12. Thanks so much for visiting Small Reflections. I'm playing 'catch up' today after falling behind. Love the cute stockings and today's WW photo too. Good to have family home at the holiday.
    Hugs and blessings,

  13. I always do a table for the Epiphany..kind of eases me into the realization it is over...and all the work that has to be done to pack it all up..
    It will be back before we know it..time flies!
    Now on to Valentine's Day!


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