Saturday, January 7, 2012

A Weekend In The Country

You can see Andrea with a bauble in her hand. (I think it's time to think about refinishing the coffee table.)
Today is one of my least favorite days of the year. It's not always this precise date, but it's always somewhere around the end of the first week of January.

Un-decorating. I hate it.

While there are still needles on the tree, it's time to take off the lights, wrap up the ornaments, lug what's left outside and vacuum for as long as it takes to suck up the detritus where the festive symbol of the season once stood.

I plan on leaving the wreaths on the doors, maybe until the end of the month, but the remaining decorative touches around the house will be put to rest until December 2012.

C'est la vie. The holidays were wonderful and there's always next year -- or rather the end of this year.

One exceedingly effective remedy to chase away these -- albeit ephemeral -- blues I've found is: a fire in the fireplace and a coupe de champagne. I'm a huge believer in the medicinal benefits of champagne. I do not believe it should be opened exclusively for celebrations.

Au contraire.

19 comments:

helen tilston said...

Good Morning Tish

Please pour me a champagne too. We had a dinner party last evening, celebrating Little Christmas and today I will be doing like you, undecorating. Hope you had a beautiful Christmas season and may the joy carry through each day until you meet your decorations again.

Helenxx

MyFavoriteFrenchAntiques said...

Great champagne glasses on the table! I do believe elegant champagne glasses add to the feel good experience.

Lost in Provence said...

While I often have champagne while decorating the tree, it never would have occured to have it while undecorating it, which is precisely when you need it! Sending good energy your way.
Bon WE!

Francine Gardner said...

Champagne and galette des rois will be my cure for the post holiday blues...

kathy peck said...

Very beautiful room - so warm and cozy. Nice to see your daughter's hand in the room too.

webb said...

I wish we celebrated the Christmas Season in the US until Epiphany, but in our business-driven world it ends as suddenly as the day-after-Christmas sales.

Somehow this year I de-decorated before New Years - a first. It was nice to have something different for New Year's Eve, but somehow I felt like I had missed something, too. Seems like you just can't win. Champagne helped, tho!

Jacqueline said...

We had a Twelfth Night supper with friends and champagne last night..all decorations are put away and now it's time to celebrate winter. Cheer up Tish...it will be time to decorate for Valentine's Day soon!

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

We did the same yesterday.
A roaring fire is planned tonight and a friend just gave me a bottle of expensive champagne!
Wonderful idea you had!!
Ah, January.

hostess of the humble bungalow said...

Champagne makes a difference and can elevate the ordinary to a luxe level.
Looking at your lovely room with it's warm glow of lighting and wood accents it comes across is so cozy and inviting, a great place to savour and sip bubbly!

Your coffee table has what I would call a patina, no need to feel that it needs a makeover.

Hope that you enjoy the weekend.

déjà pseu said...

Bonjour, Tish!

I'm with you on the champagne. If the weather ever cools back down here, I'm looking forward to the first fireplace lighting of the season.

BigLittleWolf said...

Oh, a fine glass of champagne is such a pleasure. I admit, it's been awhile. (It was martinis - good ones - at New Years for moi.)

I love the picture. Gorgeous! Nothing so lovely (to some of us) as worn wood bathed in firelight or candlelight.

But I always want to see more of the books on the shelves...

LPC said...

My tree, still enbaubled, is glaring at me from the corner. I have to deal with it or I worry I am creating a fire hazard. But everyone's gone, so I have to do it by myself. Boo! That's what I get for not wanting to spoil my children's holidays at all:). Nice to see your lovely daughter. Can she come here when she's done at your place? Happy New Year again Tish!

vicki archer said...

I could not agree more Tish... a glass of champagne can cure the deepest and the brightest of blues... xv

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

Next year I am going to use your formula! It's too late this year and I got depressed like you do, as I always do! Next year, the fire and the bubbly!!

Sulky kitten said...

Beautiful room. I think Champagne tastes best at breakfast. It feels really decadent and naughty just drinking it because you can!

The enchanted home said...

There are few things champagne won't cure at any time of the day..lol. I too hate taking it all down but instead of doing it in one fell swoop I stretch it out and we do it over the course of about a week, a little every day, a bit less painful! Enjoy...cheers!

Elizabeth Eiffel said...

There should be no excuse needed for drinking good champagne. Our Christmas decorations came down this weekend too - there is always a sense of anticipation about the new year as the remnants of the old year are packed away.
Warm regards.

Looking Fab in your forties said...

I really didn't want to take my tree down, it was probably the best one I have ever had and I do love having the lights on of an evening, there is something magical about simple white fairy lights - well to me anyway!

Susan Tiner said...

We hate undecorating too. It always makes me very cross.

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