I love Christmas.  I love the gathering of friends and family and seeing those who you haven’t seen in months or years.  Most of all , I love the lights at Christmas because it reminds me of the verse…Jesus is the light of the world.  The exact verse is John 8:12 (ESV) “Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world.  Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

Since I love Christmas so much, I even shocked myself when I considered skipping the decorations this year.  Then Paige, my eldest daughter, reminded me that Christmas was at my house and Madison and Wyatt, my grandchildren, would be coming over.  For me the true meaning of Christmas is all about Jesus coming as the baby in the manger and eventually giving his life for us.  So after 33 years of Christmas, I chose to simplify Christmas and get back to the true meaning. I have found that lighted garland is my friend and I basically used that as a staple of decoration.

Christmas 2014
Christmas 2014

I even decorated the tree in non breakable ornaments.  I love a gold and cream tree.  My decorations are gold and cream silk poinsettias, gold poinsettias, roses, pinecones and berries.  I didn’t even realize that no ornaments on the tree were breakable when I decorated this year but it was very evident when the adults and children were hitting a plastic ball around the living room after all of the presents had been opened.  The ball accidentally hit the tree and I said, “No problem.  Nothing on the tree will break.”

Eventually the house was quiet again and it was time to clean up.  I thought to myself, I love the way the house looked this Christmas and how will I remember what I did 11 months from now. So I took pictures of each area and put copies of the pictures in the Christmas tubs.  I packed up the decorations by room and labeled trash bags. (see picture below)

Christmas Packing Hack 2014
Christmas Packing Hack 2014

Now, when I unpack the Christmas tubs, I will know exactly where the garland or wreaths go. It was the easiest after Christmas clean up in years.  My husband was elated.

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Be Blessed.


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