One more look at our 2016 Christmas Tree.

Earl, Jamie and I took down all the Christmas directions around the house and packed them up neatly for next year’s festivities. I have a little more to do once things thaw a bit, some of our outside ornaments are frozen to the ground or completely buried with snow in the yard. I felt a bit melancholy taking the decorations down this year. This is the first time in about five years that I was sad to see the holiday season come to an end.

We did the holidays our way this year, spent time with family and friends and just enjoyed our little chosen family here in the snowy parts of Upstate New York. I am without complaint. That is rare.

It’s a nice feeling.