But actually...(you knew that "actually" was coming, didn't you?), I caught much JOY de-Christmasing this year. WHAT????? You say?
Ever since the three little pigs were old enough - 6 or 7 years ago - trimming the tree and decking the halls has been a less than JOYful experience. They want to unwrap,
has turned into a yelling, messy, picking up broken "things" kind of torture. Add hot chocolate on the rug and voila - my unJOY is complete. And the thing is, that I forget each year - kind of like labor - until the first Christmas Tchotchke is unveiled. Groannnnnn...
Tchotchke (//choch-ka) is a small bauble, doodad, doohickey, gewgaw, gismo, goolya, kitsch, knickknack, lagniappe, swag, thingamabob, thingamajig, toy, trinket, whatchamacallit, whosie-whatsit, widget, etc. Depending on context, the term has a connotation of worthlessness or disposability as well as tackiness, and has long been used by Jewish-Americans and in the regional speech of New York City and elsewhere.
Well not in the sense of this definition, I guess. I use the term Tchotchke really, to describe "stuff". (the word "tchotchke" dedicated to my friend Missy- BTW) Not necessarily "tacky" stuff. My tchotchkes are NOT worthless or tacky - trust me.
So the point is - I don't really get to oooh and ahhh anymore like I did when I was a DINK (Double Income No Kids?) as I forgot, and then remembered, each piece as it came out of it's basement cocoon. And then I'm taking everything down, husband and littles helping, and once again I'm yelling,
THIS year - I did the de-frock on a Wednesday. When everyone was back at school or work. Don't get me wrong, it was a longggggg day. But I finally got to oooh and ahhhhh. I lovingly took every ornament off the tree and actually squealed remembering who gave it to me and how beautiful, quirky or delicate it was. I experienced that lump in my throat, omg, moment when I walked over to a window to put away the hand made/painted Santas that my parents worked on, Christmas after Christmas, in their retirement. Each one unique and so much more precious, now that they are both gone. (Funny how that happens...)
I reflected back on Christmases past as well as this past season. I got to really enJOY some very special gifts I had not had a chance to truly appreciate yet. It was a wisp of the Christmas spirit still in my heart.
And My JOY gifts abounded!
There IS a certain JOY in putting my house back together after the holiday. Once I get over the depression of de-frocking and re-organizing, I look for JOY in bringing my house back to the nest I love so much.
In the process of decking the halls, I end up packing away a large number of "stuff" to temporarily make room for the glitz. When I say large - I mean large. Why do I have all this "junk" out??? Ok - it's not "junk". But at some point, a thousand framed photos gets lost in the sea of me. Do I even look at them any more??? Yea - I DO. When I am packing them away during the Christmas season - that's IT!
So this year - I am minimizing. Not all the tchotchkes are making it back out this year! So along with the boxes of Christmas glitz and Easter stuff and Halloween decorations, there will be even more tubs of "years gone by tchotchkes". Ahhhhh - the JOY of feeling lighter already and I haven't even started it yet!
Here is my favorite gift (next to the video my daughter made me for Christmas).
How cool are these photos??? Afterall - it's what it's all about, isn't it?