January 6th, 2019

So farewell, then, gorgeous fairy lights

It’s not even 10 o’clock in the morning and I am already feeling bereft.


An empty, undecorated void in my heart and, most glaringly obvious, in my home.

Today, 6 January, is the day I take down my Christmas decorations.

We did it on this date in my childhood home, on the basis that 6 January is when the 3 Kings are supposed to have arrived to see the baby Jesus. I never quite got it why all the jolly decorations had to come down on the very day royalty rocked up, but there you go. Traditions are traditions, and thus it is that my Delhi home, all blinged up since before Diwali, now stands forlorn and stripped of its Christmas finery.

Strings of fairy lights – taken down.

Amazingly OTT made-in-China-bought-in-India fairy lights that flash in sync to the Xmas carols they play – reluctantly packed away.

Bunting – gone.

Yards of tinsel – packed away.

All 10 Xmas trees – now up on the roof terrace.

Yeah, I had 10 Christmas trees.

So what?

Go on, judge me.

See if I care.

2 were big, proper size trees, and the other 8 are babies, who will one day grow up to be big trees too, and then I’ll just have to figure out how to fit 10 trees into my drawing room 😛

We have also packed away our various cribs (the collection of statues that represent the Christmas story). We have a crib bought in Italy before we were married. Another one bought on the side of the road in Madagascar, of all unlikely Xmas-shopping-places. Another bought in Cape Town. I have a few pieces from my childhood crib, incorporated after my mother died. I have angels from all over the world, special favourites being black Ndebele angels from Jo’burg. I have a wooden cow bought in Varanasi and a brass ox bought in Tibet. All part of our version of the Christmas story.

Everything is now packed away until December 2019.

Or perhaps November 2019, depending how early I can start celebrating my favourite time of the year 🙂

Oh joy!

I just checked, & Diwali is on 27 October this year, so I can start blinging up the house at least 2 weeks before that.

Which means I only have about 40 fairy lights-less weeks ahead of me…

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