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Cheering up January

Entry posted on January 6th 2020

I know I’ve blogged before about how much I love the icy emptiness of the house when all the Christmas decorations have been taken down. When there is a lovely big space where once there was a tree, a clear mantlepiece instead of a shelf full of greenery, berries, red lights, white lights and other sumptuousness.

Well, for various not very exciting reasons I didn’t decorate the house this year. There was no tree, no mantlepiece layered with leaves and lights, which in theory meant I had that lovely emptiness all the time.

It’s a funny thing but I have discovered that I only like the emptiness if I’ve had the fullness. I suppose it’s like the joy of feeling slightly hungry when you’ve felt stuffed for days (if not weeks.) I wasn’t finding the sight of my mantlepiece looking sparse and clean (very Marie Kondo – everything sparking joy!) quite as joyous as on previous years when I’d gone the whole nine yards with my decorations. Because there had been no contrast.

So how did I react to this lack of joy? I did what any sensible person would do, I bought another set of fairy lights (the 99 sets I already have are in the loft) and arranged my mantlepiece for the after Christmas slump. There are now bright white lights, silver bits, glass bits and candles.

May be this will become a thing – decorate your house for January. I am always telling people it’s all right to leave your lights up until Candlemas, now I’m suggesting you have special decorations for that cold, depressing time. What I really want now is some snowdrops, white and green, in the vases.

I’ll report back about them! But in the meantime, Happy New Year!!! 2020 is going to be a good year for us all, I’m sure.

A little PS - too early for snowdrops in my garden so I picked some winter flowering branches instead.  They are very fragrant and cheering for January.

Lots of love,

Katie x

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