The Christmas Wilderness

28 Dec

At the moment I am sitting in the wilderness between Christmas and New Year, gazing at the twinkling lights on the tree and wondering if I can be bothered to take all the decorations off and take it to the dump. there is something depressing about the bare tree once the lights have been removed, like it has fulfilled its life purpose and knows it’s no for the metaphorical chop.  It’s a time when I would normally have headed back to work, but this year I start a new job in January so I have the time to myself. Bliss. An expanse of over two weeks to myself to sort out my life and plan the future. or so I thought.

Christmas is done. The presents have been unwrapped for another year, the goose, mince pies and cheeses are well and truly eaten, and the sales have been shopped. My Christmas money, burning a hole in my pocket, has been spent on a shiny new laptop and the box adorns the floor of the lounge like bodies in a battle; the proof of my win.

In reality, the sorting of the life ready for the house move is not going well. I have half heartedly packed a suitcase of clothes (in reticence of having to move from the flat I love) and a few of my least treasured items have gone on eBay. A charity bag has been filled (although im not sure how many orphans will want to be seen in a I heart geeks t-shirt which i found in a bargain bin in Hollywood, found funny, yet never wore. They will probably die of shame) and I am plonked on the sofa watching TV. I realised it was time to make a change just now when I finished my cup of tea, reached over the sofa and put the cup on the floor, only to have it clink on the last empty cup of tea that I still havent taken out to the kitchen.

So the blissful period between Christmas and New Year that you look forward to for a full twelve months turns out to be a bit mind numbing, doesn’t it? when I was a child I used to dread this no mans land. we used to spend Christmas at our grandparents, and in the car on the way home would be warned that when we got there we were to take our new toys to our bedrooms and find homes for them. we might even need to put old things in the charity shop bag! the horror across our faces was palpable. Give our stuff away?What a heinous suggestion! Nowadays I am the biggest anti hoarder, throwing away everything that isn’t nailed down. the charity shop staff near my flat know me by name such is my frequency to their store armed with bags full of bounty, and my flatmate moans that sometimes I bin things that were actually needed. Oops!

So today I begin the great flat sort out ready for the move. unless I get distracted by a Harry Potter marathon…

What are you doing between Christmas and New Year?

28 Responses to “The Christmas Wilderness”

  1. An Observant Mind December 28, 2011 at 12:45 pm #

    Catching up on weeks worth of blog reading, and writing, sunning outside (its summer here) and avoiding the pack-up-throw-out tradition you just mentioned. Ah, yes its that time of year again, get ready with your new years resolutions, because after that, its definitely all downhill! x

    • Sam Drury December 30, 2011 at 2:01 pm #

      Dont get me started on resolutions…

  2. Life in the Boomer Lane December 28, 2011 at 12:53 pm #

    Good post and interesting question, one I’ve actually been thinking about. I’m here alone in the house this year, it’s a very slow time for my business, the school I volunteer at is closed this week, and there is absolutely no project I’m involved in right now. I could be throwing posts up everyday, but the fame whore in me feels that fewer people are reading them now, so why do it? So, I go to the gym, see friends, read, spend time online, write posts to appear in January, and take care of the neighbor’s guinea pig. January will be a very busy month, so I guess the lull is good.

  3. Leanne T December 28, 2011 at 1:28 pm #

    Enjoying the calm before the storm at work that begins every January 1st.

  4. susielindau December 28, 2011 at 3:14 pm #

    Wow! You are going through some major life changes! Hang in there girl.

    We just celebrated my daughter’s birthday even though it is today. Tonight she will go out with her friends. The four of us are in the mountains skiing (although the conditions suck – we really need snow!), but will head down at noon.

  5. Brian Westbye December 28, 2011 at 3:38 pm #

    Sounds familiar…(wink, nudge)

  6. 1smiles December 28, 2011 at 3:43 pm #

    This week is rather a no man’s land. I too am off work for the week and feel a bit aimless. I’ve been sleeping more, and doing less. I suppose this is a good thing to do with a vacation… however, I was hoping for a bit of adventure too. Guess I’ll decide about that after a cup of coffee.

  7. prenin December 28, 2011 at 4:02 pm #

    Vegetating! 🙂

    Tomorrow is the shopping day so I have much I have to do.

    I hate shopping, but when needs must…

    Love and hugs!


  8. philosophermouseofthehedge December 28, 2011 at 4:09 pm #

    “the wilderness between Christmas and New Year” – describes it so well.

  9. promenadeplantings December 28, 2011 at 5:34 pm #

    Sounds ike you are on writing form! Good luck with the move and the trips to the charity shop. An old friend of mine said she liked moving because it meant she chucked loads of old / useless stuff out, and when she moved into the new place she gradulally started getting new stuff/junk. to be repeated ad-infinitum !
    ps I nominated you for an award, hope you like it 🙂

  10. Andra Watkins December 28, 2011 at 6:13 pm #

    I am trying to cram one more paying project in before year-end. So, working. I hope your move is smooth and painless.

  11. Chris Sheridan December 28, 2011 at 7:23 pm #

    Think what you will, but what I’m doing now that Christmas is over… is celebrating that Christmas is over!!! I have some real reasons, which I won’t get into here, but for me, the Christmas season feels like I’m being repeatedly hit in the head with a hammer, and it feels so good when it stops! Bring on New Years Eve, because I’m ready!!! 🙂

  12. goldcoastlocal December 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Cleaning the house, sorting the garden, all the job I don’t have time for when work and life is in full swing, and working on a January planting post.

    Good to hear you got a new job, hope things go well with your move.

  13. gojulesgo December 28, 2011 at 11:23 pm #

    “The Christmas Wilderness” – how well put! I am already mourning the return to work next Tuesday – and of course dreading taking down allll of the decorations before then! I can’t believe how busy it’s been, and still so much to do. Yesterday I helped Jenn paint her dining room.

    PS – I’m a total anti-hoarder, too! Although I think that I heart geeks t-shirt would have seen the light of day if in my possession for more than 5 minutes, LOL, I would have worn it everywhere!

  14. nelle December 29, 2011 at 12:46 am #

    Editing slash writing. This tweener period was usually one with oodles of snow, which meant we did a fair amount of barrelling down local hills on sleds, toboggans, and the like.

  15. drewpan December 30, 2011 at 2:04 am #

    What a coincidence! I’ve been sorta-slacking the last few weeks too, because I also start a new job and career next week.

    So best wishes to us for a new start in 2012!

  16. jannatwrites December 30, 2011 at 4:29 am #

    I actually like this wilderness of a week. It’s a time to take a deep breath before we’re plunged into the New Year!

    Good luck on packing/moving.

  17. Carola December 30, 2011 at 5:12 pm #

    I’ve taken it easy so far, just relaxing.

  18. spree December 30, 2011 at 7:52 pm #

    I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. : )

  19. sonsothunder December 30, 2011 at 10:37 pm #

    great story as usual.
    Bless You

  20. Larisa December 31, 2011 at 12:10 am #

    Oh my what a wonderful blog! So excited to read your future entries. So glad you stopped by mine!!!
    After spending some time out of town. I’m now home looking around and wanting to purge and organize. So I started with email. (thats a project in itself!)
    I’m also catching up on the blogs I follow.


  21. alternative eating December 31, 2011 at 10:34 am #

    Oh, maybe we should have a Harry Potter marathon here:) 🙂 🙂 🙂 I hope you have a great and Happy New Years Eve, and an even greater 2012:) 🙂

  22. sn2snblog December 31, 2011 at 7:17 pm #

    Christmas was great with the little one, New year however, thats for me, fresh starts with renewed inspiration and drive haha.

    Heres hoping you have a great new year.

  23. Megan January 1, 2012 at 7:07 pm #

    What I planned on doing and what actually happened were two ridiculously different concepts…. I planned on working, getting things done around the house and having a fabulous girl’s night at my place on Friday night. What actually ended up happening was my having to go to the Emergency room… miss 2 days of work so far and find out I have a whole slew of health issues that need addressing. Wooo hooo! Kidney stones, issues with females parts and ridiculously high glucose… More tests to come on Tuesday.

    I hope you’ve gotten all done what you’ve needed to my friend… I miss you and our banter. Catch me up when you can. Hope that 2012 proves to be a stellar year… Very happy to have “met” you in 2011 as you’ve helped me through a lot. xxxx

    • Brian Westbye January 2, 2012 at 12:38 am #

      Megan! You and my wifey must have been separated at birth. She had her fifth (in ten years) kidney stone in August, and in December she had to have her left ovary and tube out due to complex cysts…and in the process the surgeon found the worst case of stage 4 endomitriosis she’s ever seen. I feel your pain! Solidarity…

    • tinkerbelle86 January 2, 2012 at 9:08 pm #

      Oh Meg!! If you need to talk skype me, i can talk the hind legs off a donkey on the topic of blood sugar… hope you are OK.. keep your chin up chicken. xxxx

  24. mariettamomma January 1, 2012 at 11:46 pm #

    Harry Potter marathons:) You’ve got to love distractions when there are other things to be done. I love your posts. Happy New Year!

  25. SilentMyth January 2, 2012 at 6:48 am #

    I nominated your blog for two awards because I Iove reading it and I wanted to share it with others. Find more information here:

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