Today is the first Sunday of the New year. Today is the 2nd Sunday after Christmas. Today is Epiphany. Today is the 10th day of the Twelve Days of Christmas, the day of 10 lords a’leaping.
Yes, I still have my Christmas decorations up. This year I went primitive, mittens pinned to a rope and hung on the firescreen. Lots of fresh holly – supposedly the wood used in the crucifix – and fresh greenery. Lots of wood, some from trees we cut down last summer. Bird houses and carved birds, some of the bird houses made by my husband and all the birds bought, some at the Morehead Appalachian Arts and Crafts Festival over many years. Burlap on my front porch pew and wicker sofa, covered with tobacco sticks garnished with bows and bells. Clear lights, some inside grapevine balls. Gingerbread tablecloth with matching dinnerware, cookie jar, platter, and serving plates on our dining room table. I bought the gingerbread items on the last shopping trip with my Mom before she died and I can still see her smiling at the cute gingerbread collection. Nice memories.