The holidays are gone. The tree is down and almost all of the decorations are packed away. The next task is to clean out the refrigerator and pantry. It usually has bits and pieces of meals and desserts which were too good to throw out but didn’t get eaten. It’s like souvenirs of good times past. There just wasn’t enough time to consume it all. So now they go out. It’s the season of excess. I feel some guilt about that.
Why do I bake holiday treats when my beloved husband doesn’t eat sweets and most of our friends are watching their waistlines? I have no idea except it was an important part of the holidays growing up. I really need to change that. For next year, I will not bake excessively. Maybe that goal isn’t enough. Perhaps I should not bake at all.
I have always wished there was a way to spread out the cheer and goodies for that cold day in February when you would kill for a good cookie and some friendly congeniality. Yes, I know you can freeze cookies but it’s not the same. People are friendly but not like at the holidays.
So, out they go along with holiday greens, wilty poinsettias and coagulated eggnog. Christmas carols are replaced by Jimmy Buffett (there is nothing like Margaritaville to get you ready for spring!)
Next year I will take the money I normally spend on excessive holiday treats and donate them to our local humane shelter for the poor critters who spend the holiday in cages. Maybe…