because today was officially the last day of Christmas at our house.
After packing up some treats to be sent home to my Georgia kinfolk I said adieu to my visiting in-laws and then began the de-christmasizing process. Which, of course, involves a long hard look at one's financial status.
Surprisingly, we did really well to stay under budget. (It took some blood, sweat, and a boatload of tears to stay there, but somehow we made it under!)
For example: a few days before Christmas eve I said, "lets go get a tree!" which elicited an unwelcome, "we can't afford a tree this year, and all our ornaments are in Georgia anyway." So, to be spiteful I said "fine!" and pulled some cardboard out of the pile of garbage sitting by the door about to be taken to the dumpster, and began fashioning a tree. Knowing he hates trashy, chaotic-looking, thrown together things, I thought that perhaps having to look at a pile of old cardboard shaped like a tree might inspire him to join me in a little budget bending.
But then I got into it.
Really into it.
Next thing I knew I was blowdrying paper mache and looking for some glitter to make a star with.
I trimmed it down and used cardboard rolled around an old spaghetti jar to make a trunk.
Who knows maybe I'll save my little garbage tree for next year.
Actually no, I won't because we have ZERO closet space already, and there'll be garbage enough next Christmas.