I’m sure some people love it and some people hate it but it is a fact of life that the Christmas decorations have to be put away for another year. On the bright side this means the days are getting longer and the bulbs are starting to push through the soil – a sure sign that spring is on its way. This morning, before dismantling the tree and packing up the baubles, I have taken a photographic record of the decorative elements that I was particularly pleased with. This doesn’t mean that the same format will necessarily be used next year but it will act as a reminder of some of the more pleasing aspects of my festive decor and will save a little bit of time when the boxes are brought down from the loft next year and I don’t know where to start! This year I’ve decided to “declutter” my collection of decorations that have not seen the light of day for a number of years now. I’m not sure that I will be venturing to the Tip today as I imagine it will be busy with Christmas tree disposals but I will sort through my various bits and pieces and dispose of them as responsibly as possible. Most will probably go to a charity shop whereas any electrical items will most likely have to go to the local amenity dump where they can be recycled in an environmentally friendly fashion. The items that I love, and that will inevitably spend the best part of the year in the loft, will be carefully wrapped in tissue paper and boxed according to colour. Now is a good time to be adding to, or replacing broken items, as many of the shops are selling them at greatly reduced prices. I noticed that Heal’s had reduced some of their more elaborate baubles by 70%!