Five for Friday

It’s that time of week again and it’s time to wrap up the year.

  1. The Christmas tree is down and most of the outside decorations are down. It leaves putting things away. I hate that part. Why is it easier to put things up versus putting them away?
  2. I wrapped up my finances and bills for the year today. We start fresh tomorrow. I did and I didn’t hit one financial goal this year. I made it and then lost it just as quick (and then some) with the turn of the economy. Things will hopefully improve this coming new year.
  3. Lots of college to watch today and tomorrow. I’ll be binge watching it.
  4. Tomorrow is the first time ever since I retired from the Air Force where I won’t have any family with me for a holiday. This will be a new experience for me. It’s one thing to be deployed or assigned overseas but this civilian life is still a learning experience for me.
  5. I want to work on my mental health this coming year. There were times where the monster crept out and stayed out for too long. Here’s to hoping 2022 is a better year for all of us.

There ya have it. Feel free to comment and/or wave a hearty “Happy New Year!” to everyone.

Thursday Night

There are three dates that I know of (and I’m not saying that these three days are all of them) when it’s time to take down the Christmas tree and decorations because of superstition or religion.

  • December 31st: Take the tree down, get it out of the house (or put in storage if you have an artificial one like me) and get the tree decorations and all other decorations put away until next Christmas. Doing this helps prevent you from dragging the bad luck that you had in the current year over into the new year.
  • January 5th: The last day of the twelve days of Christmas. This marks the last day of Christmas and needing to celebrate Christmas.
  • January 6th: The Feast of the Epiphany. This is when the three wise men visited the manger and brought gifts. All Christmas decorations are to be down and put away before the clock strikes at midnight.

Regardless of when you bring decorations down, it’s still said to be bad luck to leave Christmas decorations up after any of these three days. Momma didn’t take anything until the 6th of January. In fact, a lot of people that we knew did the same thing. This was mainly because they were all Catholic like we were and they went to the same church as we did. The Feast of the Epiphany was recognized as the last day by all of the older Catholics in my church and they were traditionalists without waiver on this.

I’m not a practicing Catholic by any stretch of the imagination but I do hold to the January 6th tradition as the last day for decorations to be out. Tomorrow the tree is pulled down and put away. I’ll slowly start bringing down the outside decorations after New Years Day and the indoor Nativity set will be the last thing packed away on the 6th. This is how I roll for this time of year.

How do you handle the big tear down?

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