I had such a hard time putting away my Christmas decorations this year.
Much more so than usual. I tend to be chomping at the bit by New Year's Eve and
New Year's Day usually finds all the decor safely tucked away and a cleaning spree in process!
But, this year I just seemed a bit more reluctant to start putting things away
and would you believe January 3rd! was looming on the horizon by the time
all things Christmasy had been stored away for another year.
I had planned to keep my hot cocoa bar up through New Year's Day,
and then put it away,
but I thought, "why not leave it up all through the winter?"
So I did!
I removed all the red and green and just created a simple array of hot cocoa fixings
to look nice with my "winter" china.
"Winter is the time for comfort,
for good food and warmth,
for the touch of a friend's hand
and a talk beside the fire;
it is the time for HOME."
And, then, on Sunday, after evening worship, a sweet lady from our congregation
gave our family a care package of marshmallows, hot cocoa packets, popcorn
and these incredibly cute mugs!
It was like it was confirmation that I should keep my hot cocoa bar up just a little bit longer! ;-)