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I'm Not Ready To Take Down The Decorations. I'm Making A List, and Checking It Twice!

Christmas Soda Shop: Mike in Tucson, mortgage lender

Call it nostalgia.  Call it being a Grandpa.  Whatever, I'm not ready to take down the decorations and get on with the new year.  Not just yet...

The week between Christmas and New Years can take its time and go by slowly.  I haven't even sent out my Christmas cards!  This week I'll do that, though.  I'll make all the calls to family and friends that didn't get made on Christmas day.  I'll blog more than usual on Active Rain.  ...and I'll make a list of things I'm thankful for. 

In spite of the economy, and interest rates edging up, and all the negative things I could think of, my list of things for which I'm thankful will be a very long one.

Chances are that you'll be on it.

Comment balloon 23 commentsMike Jones • December 27 2010 07:01AM


It's great to take a little time to enjoy the holidays! Even if it's after Christmas before you can slow down enough to relax and enjoy.

Posted by Pam Sitterly, CRS Magnolia-Tomball Texas (RE/MAX VINTAGE) about 10 years ago


Amen to that! Happy New Year to you and yours, and thanks for being the first to comment!  That's always special!

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) about 10 years ago

Christmas cards are surely a nice way to be in touch - but one can send eCards, too. Of course, calling is the best.

Posted by Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale (LAER Realty Partners) about 10 years ago

I did a grateful list also.  It was a good thing to see what I have on the list and how long it actually is.  Relish the rest of your holiday!  The kings didn't arrive until January 6th...so you have time.

Posted by Navona Hart, Selling the Best Properties in Central Virginia (Real Living Cornerstone) about 10 years ago

I actually keep my poinsetta plants in their Christmas planters for several months.  I'll take down my SANTA flag and keep the wreaths on the front and back doors.  I'll take the wreath off my car because I want to save it and my car is DIRTY!!!

Posted by Wallace S. Gibson, CPM, LandlordWhisperer (Gibson Management Group, Ltd.) about 10 years ago

I was so bummed about having to take stuff down after Christmas one year that we actually left the tree up till March. My friends thought I was crazy (which is a probability :)

Have a wonderful New Year, Mike.

Posted by Toni Weidman, 20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL (Sailwinds Realty) about 10 years ago

Mike ... Friend of my decorates their tree with little hearts. They can keep it up 'til Valentine's Day ith no regrets. Try a patriotic theme and you can keep the tree up 'til july 4.

Posted by Rick Cignoli, Sr. Mortgage Loan Officer (Norcom Mortgage NMLS# 71655 Equal Housing Lender) about 10 years ago

Good morning Mike,

We had such a wonderful Christmas day..all our kids and grandkids filled the house with fun and laughter! I always hate to take everything down..somehow it makes it final.... it is over! I like Wallace have a wreath for my car and never take it off until after New Years!!


Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899) about 10 years ago

"In spite of the economy, and interest rates edging up, and all the negative things I could think of, my list of things for which I'm thankful will be a very long one."


We will "Un-decorate" on New Year's Day here, as we have for years.  It helps us focus on the transition to the new year and date.

The lights on the porch roof may be later, if the snow and ice don't melt away this week.

Posted by Mike Jaquish, 919-880-2769 Cary, NC, Real Estate (Realty Arts) about 10 years ago

Other than the whole Christmas card thing... I'm with you.  I love my tree is still up and my cards still up and most of my decorations... I want it to linger longer too. Tomorrow I'll take a day off my Christmas enjoyment and welcome a new baby into our family (so it is planned) and then right back to Christmas for a few more days.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) about 10 years ago

I'm with you Mike, I love this week!  Christmas isn't just ONE day, it's a season!!!  Have fun with those lists and your cards!

Merriest of Christmas wishes from our home to yours!

Posted by Lee & Pamela St. Peter, Making Connections to Success in Real Estate (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices YSU Realty: (919) 645-2522) about 10 years ago

Lee & Pamela,

Now THAT's a good perspective!


It's good to see you; Merry Christmas!  I guess my cards won't be Christmas cards...


That's pretty much the schedule here.  Enjoy your snow!


You'll have to post a photo of that wreath!


If we went with the patriotic theme and kept it up until July 4th, it would also be our anniversary tree.  :)


I like that!  You, too.  :)


We have a snowman our son made for us years ago, and it stays up, along with the sign it holds that says "Make it snow!"


It puts things in perspective, doesn't it?


I agree about the phone calls!

Mike in Tucson


Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) about 10 years ago

I believe our list of being thankful will out do any list. We are truly blessed. I agree --I love this time of year with music and hot coffee in the morning.

Posted by Harry F. D'Elia III, Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR (RentVest) about 10 years ago

 Mike - I agree with you that almost all of us have a lot to be thankful for. Enjoy your time with the family, business will wait till next year.

Posted by Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc (Benchmark Realty LLc) about 10 years ago

Me neither, Mike, my Christmas tree and man tree will be up until after the new year day. Here's to 2011!

Posted by Teral McDowell (Referral Patners LLC) about 10 years ago

I'm with you Mike.  My mother always kept the tree and decorations up through New Year's, and I do the same.  They're so pretty that I want to enjoy them for as long as I can. And if you really want to be technical about it Christmas isn't officially over until Twelfth Night, which is the fourth of January. But for me New Year's Day is always a little bittersweet.  After the Rose Parade is over is when it's time for me to take everything down. 

Posted by Gayle Martin about 10 years ago

And I am so thankful you said you did not have your Christmas cards mailed yet -- seriously -- here I was feeling bad that I had many more to send also -- and now I do not feel so bad! We are with you , we want the week between Christmas and New Years to go just slow and easy. All the best.

Posted by Bob & Carolin Benjamin, East Phoenix Arizona Homes (Benjamin Realty LLC) about 10 years ago

Mike, I with you buddy.  I love this time of year and wish we could have more of it.  Especially the part where people are considerate of others.  Great Post...

Posted by Eric Anderson, Fort Bragg Military Relocation Services, Fayettevi (Eric Anderson Realty Group) about 10 years ago

Howdy and morning to you Mike

I'm also not ready to take down our decorations either. I really enjoy Christmas decorations, and feel this time of year just going by way to fast.

Have a good one
Dale in New Hampshire

Posted by Dale Baker, New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information (Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections) about 10 years ago

This is the perfect time to relax a little, refocus our energy, and get our plan in-place for the start of 2011.  Glad you have been able to take a breather Mike.

Posted by Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA (Coldwell Banker Access Realty ~ 478.960.8055) about 10 years ago

Mike - we all need to have time for ourselves and our families! I usually leave the decorations up until the end of the first week in January.

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) about 10 years ago

Thank God for creative people like you Mike.

Posted by John Hurbon (Homesmart International Tucson,AZ) about 10 years ago

GOOD MORNING MIKE!  Thank goodness I am not the only one who is not ready to pack it all in and start the new year.  I am still enjoying our tree and last night - our lights outside were still twinkling.  As for cards, I think I'll start them today!  Here's to those who take it all in - and then some! -- Gab

Posted by Gabrielle Kamahele Rhind, Broker/Owner (KGC Properties LLC, Tucson Property Management & Real Estate) about 10 years ago

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