The gifts are gone from under the tree, there is scarcely enough ham left to make a pot of soup, and you now realize that you should have asked Santa for a new bathroom scale because the old one is weighing five pounds heavier than it did last month.
Yes, Christmas 2013 is officially over. Now on to a chore that I dread: putting away all of those Christmas decorations.
I have made my first resolution for the New Year. This year instead of throwing everything into boxes, and hoping for the best, I am going to get organized!
I started with my vintage Christmas card collection. After several years of procrastination, I finally took a few of my favorites to have them framed. This will make them easier to display next year and by mounting them on acid-free paper they will retain their beauty for many years to come. The ones that I am not framing I will store individually in zip-lock sandwich bags.
I am hopelessly sentimental and as a result I have nearly every Christmas card that I have ever received. I do not know where to keep them and I can’t bring myself to pitch them, so I have decided to donate them. Organizations such as nursing homes, children’s hospitals and those who work with the handicapped and the elderly use them for craft projects, or recycle them for resale. This not only eliminates a box from my closet, it allows me to make a donation that will be greatly appreciated.
Now on to the ornaments. After wrapping each of my collectable ones in bubble wrap I am placing them in corrugated divided boxes. Your local liquor store will have an abundance of these. They are sturdy, they will protect my keepsakes, and the are free. For my small ornaments I get the same type of protection with egg cartons. These, by the way, are also great for bubble lights and antique bulb covers. If you do not have bubble wrap, tissue paper left over from your gifts will work. White is preferable, and under no circumstances use newspaper as the ink can transfer to the ornament causing permanent staining.