It’s the day after Christmas…and I LOVE this day! I’ve turned on all the many twinkle lights all over the house. Candles are lit. I’m listening to my LWD 2019 Christmas playlist. I have a nice hot cup of Earl Grey at my side. It’s so peaceful.
I love Christmas but let’s be honest – it takes a lot of work to pull it all off. Gifts to buy and wrap, Christmas letters to write and cards to address, meals to plan and cook, cleaning, decorating, etc.
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The Day After Christmas
But the day after Christmas? No expectations, just pleasure.
The house was clean in preparation for Christmas day and I make sure everything gets picked up and dishes done so on this day all I have to do is make the bed, wash today’s dishes and maybe throw in a load of laundry. Or maybe not.
I slept in a bit after David left this morning. I never sleep well and it’s worse in the few days before Christmas because my mind is racing with all those last minute tasks. I gave myself permission to go back to sleep for an hour and it’s amazing how much difference that one hour can make.
As soon as I finish writing this I’m going to watch a cheesy Netflix Christmas movie – A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby. I fully expect it to be every bit as ridiculous as the first two in this series. And I’m sure I will love it anyway.
I will probably write thank you notes at some point today. I keep the cards we receive each year and I make thank you cards from the previous year’s by cutting off the front of a few, write on the back and address them like a postcard. I like being able to reuse them and it saves a bit on postage.
We have various leftovers so dinner will be easy tonight. And we have homemade cookies!
After dinner this evening we’ll watch one of the Christmas movies we haven’t watched yet this year. Maybe The Bells of St. Mary’s.
And that is why I love the day after Christmas. I give myself permission to relax and simply enjoy the afterglow of Christmas.
What about you? How do you feel about the day after? Do you continue to enjoy all things Christmas or do you consider it over and take down the tree? What is your favorite part of the holiday? Or if you celebrate a different winter holiday, leave me a comment and tell me your favorite tradition.