We don't send many Christmas cards these days and, of course, the number we receive has gone down each year too. Last year we delayed opening any cards until the Tree was up, which was really lovely. It meant we had a pile to open together, and we could look at each card and hang it up immediately. We're doing that again this year.
I started making Christmas cards earlier in the week.I made loads the first day. The second day I made fewer, but these were more detailed. I've still got 3 cards to make, and I've lost momentum.
Today was tree delivery day, so all the decorations were brought down from the loft. The tree arrived safely. DH sawed the bottom off and we gave it a drink, then we stood it in place in the living room. It's relaxing now before we decorate it - probably tomorrow.
We opened the cards this morning, appreciating each one. I decorated the front door wreath. This year I tried to put a lot more bits in the back layers, I'm not sure it really made much of a difference. I've also put up most of the other decorations. I've stopped to look at the carnage and to have a breather before trying to tidy stuff away.
I was super organised last year. Not only did I write on the outside of the boxes what was in each box, I also added other helpful labels. The swags and mantels had card attached marking the "middle" and "this goes on the left" bits. I'd packed supplies of new batteries in the lights box.I'd labelled some ribbon to remind yself that "this goes across the RSJ in the kitchen, hang the cards from it".
Very helpful of me.
I hope I have the patience to do the same this time!