A pile of Christmas decorations collects on my dining room table. As I pass through a room, I collect a few bits of Christmas and carry them to the table. Before the weekend is over, I'll reclaim the mantle and the top of the TV cabinet. My Venetian lamp will replace the Christmas tree. And a new year will begin. It's not official until the Christmas decorations are gone. Of course last year, we missed the wooden Santa on top of the china cabinet and didn't notice it until June. So half of 2014 elapsed with Santa's approval. I'm doing my best this year to capture all of Christmas, store the treasures and carry the sweet memories with me into 2015. There are a few more meals to be shared before we walk fully into the new year. In the meantime, I'm watching the birds in my back yard and cherishing these last few days with family.