In spite of the room still having its full quota of furniture, plus a couple of extra cushions, there is a hollowness, an emptiness.
The Christmas Tree is gone.
Every single bauble is in its box and sealed.
The tinsel over the doorways has been taken down.
The beads and stars on the curtain rods are in their boxes.
The bedroom tree and bathroom tree have been wrapped in paper and stashed in the cupboard.
Ditto the sleigh.
I rearranged the top of the wardrobe so that the smaller, separate section is now the Christmas Cupboard and everything is in there.
Except the Christmas Elf.
I've left him on display, next to my miniature Toby Jug.
It was all up for only a couple of weeks, yet now that it is all packed away for another year, the lounge room looks and feels empty.
Normal non-glittery life has resumed.
I have new plans in my head for next years decorating.
Probably I should write those down......
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