I love seeing my house all decorated for the holidays but I hate taking it down and putting it away again. Not only does the house look bare and dismal but it takes me a good two days and a lot of effort (thus the water bottle). I used to take everything down right after Christmas. I guess because my mom did. In fact, sometimes I felt like it was a competition to see who could get everything put back first. I stopped doing that about five years ago. I decided the season was just too short and I enjoyed having my things out until at least New Years. This year we went up to Galena on January 1st so I didn't get started on this job until this week. I was anxious not only to have the work behind me but I feel like I have so many things... more interesting and fun things to get to. I didn't want to dig into any new projects, though, until this one was put to bed, or in this case, back on the shelf.