i must be getting old. in the past i've never liked christmas. but really didn't know why. i think part of it was because setting up the decorations was a lot of work. i never really appreciated anyone else's efforts so i assume no one appreciates ours. then, and here's the kicker, a few weeks later, you have to put all that crap away. seems like a whole lot of work to get right back where you started from. sigh. this year seems to be a bit different. not sure why. maybe in 43 more years i'll figure it out. anywho, we're going out of town soon so we're taking things down a bit earlier than usual. somehow this year, it's making me happy. i'd hate to think i'm just inwardly celebrating the end of my least favorite holiday. call me scrooge.