Ornaments and Flowers


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December turned to January 4, turned to January 16, turned to January 17, and now here we are. It wasn’t as if I was dreading the task, perhaps it was an attempt to hold on to some colour — a contrast from the lifeless brown and grey outdoors.

Finally, I accepted that the sun had long ago set on the holidays. The light was unplugged; ‘round and ‘round it came undone; and back to its box for another eleven months.

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One by one, the decorations were put away: the buck and its fawn, and their wooden nutcracker friends.

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Each ornament carefully removed and replaced in their original boxes leaving glitter to be wiped up everywhere.

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Something had to stick around though, even in their dried state - dead branches with shrivelled red berries.

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And until December, fresh flowers will occupy the spot where the conifer glowed, for the moment masking our dreadful bare winter.

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