I feel like it's somehow taboo to post pictures of Christmas stuff after Christmas, like maybe we're all sort of ready to move on. That holiday! - it's such a show-boat! We get caught up and it's so dang good, but then there's that tiny moment at the way-end where we breathe a quiet sigh of - not relief, just an Okay, that was good. But so is this. And so is what comes next.
Or maybe it's just me.
I'm so thankful for everything this season was, all the ways it made me dig deeper into truth, every bit of the festivity and reflection.
I'm also thankful that the gifts and glitz are over and I'm just left sitting here in my ordinary, stripey-pj-pants life, where Silas obsesses about "watching his songs" and Ruby stacks her neck 14-deep in rubber band necklaces. I like it here, in the place where I settle back into the slow and comfortable.
~ christmas cat ~
Today, this week, I see a pause. And I'm taking it.
Next year is close enough to touch. It feels full of right things and like we can't even fathom how good it's gonna get.
But it's still 2013, and I'd like to end well.
In that vein, you'll be thrilled beyond words to hear I put together a 500-piece folk-art puzzle entitled, "Winter Scene" by myself, in roughly14 hours, with 8 of those hours being sleep. And don't you dare listen to a word Cory or my Dad tells you. They shouldered 25 pieces between them and I'm being generous in my estimate.
All I know is, the puzzle happened to be in the warmest room of the house, and one thing led to another.
Isn't that how all good jigsaw tales begin?
Then it was 1 a.m. and all the festive sleigh riders and snowman-builders were complete, leaving me with nothing but wide stretches of sky and swaths of evergreen.
I was so tired and the box was full of pieces that looked identical.
But I couldn't even handle the thought of that snarky puzzle winning.
So, you might say a lot of things about me, but you sure won't say I'm the sorry lady who didn't put together an entire puzzle in 2013. Nope.
Since I'm already bragging about my retro gaming skills, you should know Cory and I totally threw down in the annual couples Trivia challenge at his family Christmas.
And by "threw down", I mean we scored 8/20.
But a win is a win, even if my tennis knowledge was called into question in the process.
~ First Angel ~
See what happens when you take a pause?
You surprise yourself with what suddenly becomes news-worthy.
You begin to wonder why you don't always eat 6 clementines in one day.
You think life without red pop may not be worth living, after all.
You forget all the things that make you tired.
~ important business ~
I'm slightly buzzed on sugar and carbs. I'm well-rested and giggle-boxed.
~ "decorations" ~
All the land is a shiny strand of lights, and I'm still right here, looking straight ahead but entranced until further notice.
Happy After, fancy ladies.
Remember - today is just as important as two days ago, or any day next week.
Make it count in the most necessary ways, and define "necessary" with as much naked truth as you can muster.
*December photo round-up courtesy (mostly) of Cory, because he's all techy and cool and I'm the girl obsessed with jigsaw puzzles.