I listened to my favorite Christmas album this morning. Is it too early for that, do you think? Probably, but I so love the Christmas season. I always go all out with my decorations and transform the house into a winter wonderland with all the trimmings.

One year I was so tired that I only decorated one tree (instead of two), hung the stockings and that's it. Because as much as I enjoy the decorations, I abhor putting them away at the end of the season.

The kids were grown and gone, but when they walked in and that's all they saw ... ohmygosh. They were crushed. So ever since, I'm back to two trees and all the trimmings. :)

What do you do? Do you go all out? How do you "keep the joy" when it's time to put it all away?