Hang On to the Good Leftovers
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Yesterday we put away all our Christmas decorations until next December (or November? depending on how ambitious I’ll be in 2022).

It’s a bittersweet event. While I’m glad to get the task out of the way (it’s one I always dread), it does make everything seem plain after all the bright lights and colors.

The last thing to go up in the attic this year was our bag of Christmas gift bags. We’re notorious for reusing our bags again and again.

For our featured post this week, Calvonia reminds us to hang on to some of the things we got in 2021, even though the year itself may have brought us some crummy gifts.

There are always some good leftovers to hold on to.

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What good thing are you keeping leftover from 2021? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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13 thoughts on “Hang On to the Good Leftovers
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    1. LisaNotes Post author

      Bonus time…those are the best days. I have everything put up now except for our Christmas cards. I like to keep them out until Jeff gets to look through them. I eagerly get the mail every day during December to see if we got any new cards, but he doesn’t always share that daily enthusiasm so they pile up for him. 😉

  1. Pam Ecrement

    Great ideas on this. We keep Christmas gift bags to recycle as well, but have only taken the outdoor things and the candles in the windows down. I have similar mixed feelings about taking the mantel decorations and the tree down. I was later to get them up this year and will likely enjoy them a bit longer. Fewer people visiting with the Omicron virus surging means we will enjoy the twinkling lights along with the fires in the fireplace.

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      My daughter is keeping her tree up longer than normal this year too to enjoy the lights. I didn’t get out all my decorations this year to begin with, so it didn’t take me as long to put them away. I do miss turning the tree lights on each morning now.

  2. Lynn D. Morrissey

    So, Lisa, you are RELEASING some of your bags? 🙂 Actually, I insisted we leave up the tree in our family room throughout all of 2021 (from Christmas 2020). In the darkness not just of winter, but the world and our nation, it reminded me that Jesus, the Light of the world, will never be snuffed. And there the tree remains. If Michael can tolerate it, I may ask that it continue to stand. We usually have four trees (family/hearth room, dining room, and two bedrooms). We didn’t bother with the others, but this one is so bright and lovely in a place where we spend lots of time. It makes me happy, so why not? 🙂
    Have a really wonderful year of release.

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      I actually did release a few of my bags, Lynn. But not many. lol. How beautiful that you’re leaving your tree up throughout 2021 as a reminder of the light of Jesus. We took our tree down so I could put my jigsaw puzzle table back in that spot again. Puzzles have become my place of relaxation and downtime since the pandemic began. (Puzzles are a source of boredom and frustration for Jeff, though, so I work on them alone. ha)

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      Thank YOU for writing the post, Calvonia! Happy to share it. I definitely needed your reminder to hang on to the good things that God has shown me this past year and treasure those gifts.

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      You’re a woman after my own heart, Jennifer. 🙂 I sometimes hang on to too many things, though, so I have to remember that not everything can be reused again. lol. I agree with you that God wants us to be wise stewards of the things he gives us!

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