I used to love the decorate for the holidays. Any holiday, not just Christmas. As I've gotten older though, I find it less enjoyable with every year. And then there is the whole job of taking it all down too. Yuck.
I think part of the problem is that our family and celebrations have changed over the years, and we now have very few "little persons" who come to our home for any holidays. The majority of them have grown up and moved on, with a few of them having kids of their own. I've discussed this with friends, and they agree that part of the fun of decorating is seeing the look on a kids face. Time marches on.
I've weeded out quite a few of my Christmas decorations, and I intend to weed some more. My plan is on Tuesday of next week to take a box to be donated. I'm much more selective about what I put up. But it still hasn't eliminated the dread of doing it all.
Last year I came up with a plan, and it worked very well. I decided to have my own "12 days of Christmas", starting December 1st. Each day I had to put up a decoration (or group of decorations like stockings, wreaths, etc). On December 13th (my hubby's birthday) I do the last decoration which is the tree. We don't have a big tree, so it's not as bad as in previous years, and it's sort of like saving the best for last. The nicest part is when I was done, I wasn't annoyed or tired, and the house looked nice. When the season was over, I just did the reverse, took down one or two decorations each day and put them away. I do have to say that the way we have our decorations stored at this house makes this a much easier thing to do as well.
I have to admit that I'm already behind though. First off, the date got away from me and I didn't realize December 1st had come and gone! Wednesday I had a lot going on so it didn't get done that day either. So yesterday I did a half catchup and put up two different things, and will do the same tomorrow. Easy enough.
Does anyone else hate holiday decorating? I think the other contributing factor to my dislike is that retailers have Christmas stuff out for sale earlier and earlier, and by the time it comes time to put them up, you are already suffering from overexposure.
Now if I can just find a painless way to do Christmas cards and gift wrapping...