Goodbye Christmas

by Jillian on January 6, 2013 · 10 comments

After spending the afternoon yesterday with my girlfriends having lunch and target shopping for a friends baby shower registry (and of course perusing the store for other unnecessary items), it was time to get productive. I went to the grocery store, got a mani-pedi, and came home to conquer operation goodbye Christmas. Not before making dinner though. Our friends sent us a box of Omaha Steak products including burgers, chicken, sole, steak, and some other goodies. I had some mozzarella cheese left in the fridge that I wanted to get rid of so what better way to do so than on a burger!?


I smothered it in cheese and ketchup and ate it with a side of brussels, onions, and butternut squash. I also had something baking in the oven while I ate dinner; cinnamon swirl banana bread. This was brought on my some over-ripe bananas screaming to be used.


The only substitution I made was splitting brown sugar and white sugar instead of light brown sugar, because when I grabbed mine out of the cabinet, it was hard as a rock! Woops! Must be from last year (or two years ago).

I decided that it was definitely time to take the Christmas decor down, especially after Gus brought me a little gift.



He was having one of his sprint-around-the-house-like-a-nutcase moments and flew onto the bed with this holly in his mouth.

Bye bye tree! I did most of it last night (broke off al ton of braches to make the tree thinner) but Joe had to carry the tree out of the house this morning because I hate that part. He tried to shove it out the window but the branches were too hard/dead. Tears literally streamed down my eyes as I watched all of the pine needles and branches fall onto the floor. I must have filled an entire garbage bag and swept the floor 5 times. Just like every year, we will find pine needles around the house until next Christmas. It feels so good to have it all cleaned up though!


This year, I knew I wanted to buy better Christmas decoration organization. At Target, I found a huge red and green tub for all of the lights, stockings, decorations, etc. and two smaller ornament organizers, which are great for basement storage.


Ohhh type A, OCD, & organization…what would life be like without you?

In cleaning the house, Joe and I found about 5 of Gus’s toys under random pieces of furniture, so we were able to full his toy box up again.


After that nonsense, I showered and made some coffee. I haven’t eaten breakfast yet (besides for the few nibbles of banana bread this morning), so I am going to make some eggs and probably eat some more banana bread. Hey, it’s Sunday after all!



  • If you usually get a real tree, how do you deal with the messy cleanup? Gah!

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Em @ living & learning January 6, 2013 at 2:01 pm

Omg. I love that basket you have for Gus. Where is it from? I need one for my dog, Eddie!


2 Jillian January 6, 2013 at 2:46 pm

I found it at Home Goods!


3 Lindsay January 6, 2013 at 2:03 pm

I was pretty lucky this year – the tree and all of its messy needles were at my parents house! I got to enjoy it in all its Christmas glory and did zero setup or clean up. SO lucky. It doesn’t always work out that way :)


4 Jillian January 6, 2013 at 2:47 pm

Lucky! I can’t give up having a real tree so I will always have to deal with the mess!


5 Marilyn January 6, 2013 at 2:21 pm

I love Gus’s toy box,too! Always a great feeling of accomplishment when the Christmas decorations are packed up, even though it’s sad to see the end of the holidays.


6 kelly January 6, 2013 at 3:36 pm

I love that basket!!! I need something like that for jersey…


7 Lauren January 6, 2013 at 7:11 pm

I took down our decorations last weekend, and I have to say, I was kind of relieved to have it all away. As nice as the holidays are, there is something about having order back in place. :)


8 Katy January 6, 2013 at 8:55 pm

Ugh I haven’t done the Christmas take down yet. We have a fake tree but it’s still such a pain.. and a bit depressing.


9 sally @ sallys baking addiction January 7, 2013 at 5:48 am

I hate de-christimasing! it’s always such a huge job to tackle – even in my tiny apartment! So glad you made the cinnamon swirl banana bread. :)


10 Miranda @ Biting Life January 10, 2013 at 9:56 pm

Ugh, that sounds awful! I’ve always wanted to get a real tree, but now I might be thinking better of it, haha.


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