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Took down the Christmas decorations first thing this morning before setting off for work. Mentioned it in chat with Lucy, who said "That's dedication" and that she'd have been tempted to leave them up. I reminded her that if you leave them up after today you have to leave them up all year, and she reckoned that would have been fine with her.

On my next visit to the team, mid-morning, Sarah was eyeing up the surviving Christmas nibbles. I urged her to have the last piece of Yule log; she reckoned she'd get two slices out of it. I guess it is a generous one.

As promised to Tracey before Christmas, I popped into the Heath Inn after work to help take down their decs, only to find there was just a lone barman on duty and that they'd been taken down yesterday. The Christmas ale Christmas Star was still on, so settled into a corner for a quiet pint.

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Date: 2016-01-06 09:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] just-jenni.livejournal.com
We took our decorations down on New Year's Day, or at least Eddie did as I was ill. When I was a kid I remember never wanting to take them down. I did, however, set out some artificial spring flowers and a couple of rabbit decorations for Easter. :)

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Date: 2016-01-06 10:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] turk152.livejournal.com
January 6th - Twelfth Night - is the traditional day to take them down here, although many nowadays go for New Year's Day like you or the first Sunday in January. Taking them down after the 6th is said to be bad luck; as I said to Lucy, if your decs are still up on the 7th the only way to avoid the bad luck is to leave them up all year!

It used to hit me in the gut when they were taken down when I was a kid and the room was suddenly bare again. I continued to get January blues well into my adult life, but since I moved here the Axe and Compass' Burns Nights put some cheer into the month :)

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Date: 2016-01-06 10:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] just-jenni.livejournal.com
The Twelfth Night is the traditional 'end of Christmas' here too, but some of us don't seem to want to adhere to it, and it really doesn't bother me to take everything down on New Year's Day.

Yes, yes, it is a good thing to find something to do alternatively that makes you feel almost as warm and cozy inside as Christmas did. The Axe and Compass sounds lovely, as does some quiet sit-down time with a good book or something uplifting (by that I mean side-splittingly funny) on the telly, no matter how silly it is.

Luckily, I have a 13-year-old grandson who puts the fun back in life, like dragging me kicking and screaming to the new Star Wars movie (but in fact I enjoyed it quite a lot - it and the movie theatre food, which while bad for me, was most enjoyable).

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Date: 2016-01-06 11:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] turk152.livejournal.com
Spooky - just before your comment came in, I posted on another LJ pal's LJ that I've never seen a Star Wars movie...

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