Ah- the end of Christmas- it's always a bit bittersweet to put away those decorations, time to be moving on- to get on with the plans for year- but also time to put the lovely decorations away for another year- that probably makes them all the more special right? I think I am going to resolve to use candles more often for dinner- it's a nice touch or a pick me up for an otherwise blah day. I think that is what I love most about Christmas, that little bit of sparkle that we put into meals, or snacks. It would likely get quite tiring to do that all the time, every day of the year. But it does make winter a bit more fun.
We're also going through toys and clothes and everything to try and get our excess stuff out of the way this month. Giving toys away is a bit of a struggle- initially N is happy to- even offering stuff up- but when she sees it again later, she wants to keep it. So i think going through toys is going to be a job for me to do alone. What I've done in the past is to bag up stuff I know she doesn't play with- and put it in the closet for a month- if she doesn't ask for it in that time, I know I can give it away. But it all has to be hush hush, if she sees it she will most definitely *need* that broken half of a plastic egg shell from Easter, or in her latest words "It would be disastrous if we got rid of that, like, terrible".