Saturday, January 2, 2016

Rite

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The moment is gone; it was right here!
I cherished the time; I knew it was dear.
The colorful lights, ribbons, and bows,
the decorations, songs, and hoping for snow.
The tree now lies still, barren, and worn,
out in the yard…it’s ornaments shorn.
Paper and boxes are their encasement,
all stored away, down in the basement.
Until next year, it is all put away, 
ready to celebrate another holiday.  


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16 comments:

  1. Dang, that sure happened here too.

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  2. Beautifully written. My tree and decorations are still up keeping with the old tradition of waiting until the Epiphany, January 6th. The same time the church puts away the trees and nativity after the three Wise men visit Jesus. I asked my husband if he want me to take down the Christmas decor and he want to wait till after the 6th. So it is...

    I find that people are eager to decorate early because Stores start decorating to make $$$ early and they soon get tired of the Holidays and are eager to return back to routine. Just my humble opinion. I'm in slow mode this time of year...

    Hugs,
    JB

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    1. I agree that people rush in and then rush out...with most things, actually. Just sayin'.

      My Southern Baptist/Welsh Granny G. observed the tradition of taking down decorations before the New Year. The belief was that if you didn't, bad luck would visit the house, and that someone in the family would die in the new year. She also believed it was bad to hang a new calendar before the old year was over.

      As a Catholic convert (at age 19), I changed some things in my adult home. I still don't hang calendars before January 1st, but I do observe Epiphany. I honour the Church traditions, while honouring Granny G., too.

      Happy New Year!

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  3. Yep, same thing here, except, I brought our Christmas tree of this year, outside to share in more wondrous moments! Also, to feed the birds!

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    1. We have taken our tree out to the garden, to become part of it in the next planting season. It is a good way to recycle it.

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  4. Ah, it comes and goes so quickly. Enjoy each special day!

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  5. It all comes and goes so fast. Growing up we always waited to take down the tree until after epiphany.

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  6. SO true, it goes by quickly even when we do savor every moment.

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  7. Great poem. Our decorations made their retreat to the storage shed today.

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  8. We put every thing away yesterday... except my Mom's little one foot ceramic tree. It's lit right now... I just can't put it away yet.

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  9. Isn't that just how it goes? There is a time for all the ornaments and decorations and pretty soon - that time is gone. A bit sad, but - it makes space for something else.

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  10. This is such perfect timing, as I am packing away Christmas the past two days. The tree now sits all wrapped in a giant plastic bag in our backyard, waiting for spring when the garbage/compost facility will come pick them up. The decorations packed away.... so bittersweet; I really wanted to leave my tree up longer, but I miss my living room space too! :)

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  11. Christmas is always over before we want it to be. Such a magical and wonderful time...

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