Betwixtmas, as I have recently christened it ... is that strange time between the festivities of Christmas and the start of the New Year.
The urge to un-decorate is great and the need to see space, clean, clear surfaces means that surreptitiously without sometimes even realising it things are removed and packed away. My one Christmassy area left is the top of the radiator cover, and with the fairy lights twinkling away still connected to the Alexa smart-plug it means that they come on first thing in the morning and go off last thing at night.
I will miss them when they go away tomorrow, but they are going away. Then I will re-oil the wooden top and during the twenty four hours of bareness while it soaks in, I will ponder what will sit there for the next few months. I don't like to chop and change for changes sake like I used many moons ago, I like to arrange a vignette of useful and beautiful things that make my eyes happy and my heart sing.
And a brand New Year seems like a good time to make your heart sing doesn't it.
The I got it back to how it used to be, with a couple of little additional extras.
One more area cleared and cleaned and one more little step back to normality.
This afternoon I will be raiding the Lodge for my various little money boxes, tipping out the old enamel teapot, emptying my purse and seeing what cash I have for next years Challenge. I know it will be in the hundreds as all through the year whenever I have used a 'hole in the wall' to get at my wages, I have quickly squirrelled away at least a quarter of the money taken out for emergency use. And as I have been pretty much unable to get to the charity shops and have therefore avoided the temptation to spend, there has been no need to dip into these savings.
Whatever I have will be divided into a weekly or monthly amount and be my only shopping money for next year. Not being able to shop and bring things into the Lodge seems like something to really look forward too after the excesses and treats of the Christmas season.
What are you up to during the last hours of 2021? Are you making plans and resolutions ... or simply breathing a sigh of relief at the prospect of a brand new year about to start. Either way let's hope for all of us it is a good one.
Sue xx 🎄