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De-Cluttering for Christmas (Keeping Music, Candlelight, and Jesus)



Today’s prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is…. “musical.”

The first thing that popped into my head was the musical, The Sound of Music. I learned to sing listening to that vinyl record album. Funny that I don’t have a copy of it now. But I hope to watch it on Christmas or around Christmas time. Seems it comes on one Sunday night around Christmas time.

I think know we’ll be in the house that was my parents’ for Christmas and who knows for how long since we have to get the regular house re-wired. Yesterday, my husband informed me that the electricians want everything out of the Wilmington house. Everything? I kept asking that, being overwhelmed to the point of almost tears. I keep telling myself I’m thankful to have the house that was my parents’ to stay in. Many people don’t even have a house.  I don’t want to whine. But I share this to also share my coping strategies. One step at a time. If I think about moving everything – knickknacks, art supplies, papers, books, and random objects saved for some art project some day…..  that’s too overwhelming. But David and I talked about our strategy, and I can just take it one step at a time. We’ll move some things here and rent a storage space. Can you believe the PODS people wanted $400! No way! I’m thankful David has a truck. Plus, I have been saying I want to de-clutter the Wilmington house. Be careful what you say you want. Now there’s going to be some big de-cluttering going on. It’s my life. But not really. There’s Christmas.

I don’t want that big old tree anymore. It can be recycled. I don’t think we’ll have a tree this year, but I want music. The sound of music. Christmas songs. I’ll sing them at church and to myself if I want. I was just singing “The Sound of Music” right before I started writing this. And candles. I LOVE candlelight, especially at Christmas. So I’m going to make some candle arrangements with an advent wreath and all sorts of other candles and watch a Christmas movie. It’s a Wonderful Life, maybe. That is enough.

Maybe I’ll even become a minimalist. I’m already there as far as buying presents. Everybody gets one of my mom’s angels or my dad’s ties this year. We never really have been much into buying Christmas presents. I think it was yesterday afternoon, just an hour or two after I heard we were going to have to move “everything” (well, I’m not moving the stuff in the closets. That’s ridiculous) that I heard John Lennon’s “Imagine” come on the radio. “Imagine no possessions,” rang out loud and clear. I’m still going to have plenty of possessions, but imagining no possessions kinda puts things in perspective. It goes back to the old, Christmas is not something you buy in a store. Christmas perhaps means a little bit more. Or a lot more. For me, it means singing Christmas songs and lighting candles and celebrating Jesus. Thank you, Jesus.

“Every who down in whoville, the tall and the small, was singing, without any presents at all.”


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Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

23 thoughts on “De-Cluttering for Christmas (Keeping Music, Candlelight, and Jesus)

  1. I think, more than anything, we need music.

  2. sounds like a challenge to move stuff with so little time, dear JoAnna!
    wishing you support needed & support of others.
    thank you for giving the sound of music
    & a song i can imagine singing & playing
    as soon as i stop typing 🙂

    • You are very welcome, David. Thank you for the good wishes of support. We have until Dec. 26 or 27th, and I believe we can do it one step at a time. Your post, “Winds of Change” comforted me greatly and right on time. I was not able to comment on it for some reason, but would like to re-blog with your permission.

      • i’m happy that you feel there is adequate time, JoAnna. as many times as i’ve moved, i recognize the potential for stresses. thank you for the kind words about the post. with the sad state of world, for so many, without naming any one reason, my wish was to encourage taking refuge in nature & each other. late last night i decided that having no comments gave others & myself more time to be away from these devices. your welcome to share with others, if you like. i’m humbled by the offer. may you be well. 🙂

  3. Woo, girl, I TOTALLY get why you’re feeling overwhelmed. If someone told me I had to move everything out of our house…my word. I’m having chest pains just thinking about it.
    You’ve got such a great attitude. Here’s wishing you a smooth transition of carting out truckloads of, well, stuff. With plenty of candles and music for de-stressing. 💛

    • Thanks, Laura. Apparently we’re going to get new some new walls and have agreed to do the painting ourselves to save money. What helps me is realizing I get to choose new colors and it will be almost like a new house with less clutter. ❤

  4. I’m a little confused: your parents’ house is the one that needs rewiring, right? Which is the Wilmington house, the house you currently occupy or your parents’ old place?

    My God, $400 for a PODS unit??

    Music and laughter are the order of the day on Christmas. We don’t decorate or put up a tree because a) cats and b) lazy.

    • Lol at the lazy. 🙂 I’m sorry for the confusion. It’s my Wilmington, the one I’ve lived in for the past 30 years, that is being renovated and needs new wiring. (It was built in the 40s). I am SO thankful to be able to stay at the house I inherited from my parents while all this is going on, even though it’s an hour away and my husband has to commute to work. My parents’ old house needs some work too, but was built in the 60s, so not quite as much. Thank you for caring and asking for clarification.

  5. JoAnna, what a pain to have to move *everything* out. Why not just to the middle of the rooms? Ugh. “It’s a Wonderful Life” by candlelight sounds peachy.

    • Good question. Initially we thought we’d get to move everything to the middle, but my husband said the electrician wants everything out. We’ll do our best, but I would like to know why. Thank you for asking that.

  6. Hello lovely, you have flowed with so much already, you’ve got this one covered. Wrapping you both in 💗 It can be the little things that help. Music (like you say) , fresh coffee, and taking a few minutes to look out of a window and watch nature. Counting bags and boxes in, or out. The memories are held in our hearts, so a lot of ‘stuff’ can flow on to elsewhere. It’s surprising what the new space allows. Sorry, I am wittering on with my experience. You will find your own way, I know that for sure. Hugs and much love for you both, JoAnna. Xxx 💗

    • Your wittering on is helpful. It does help to really notice the bags and boxes I take out. I’ll make a mental note of the number tomorrow. Thank you for your encouragement and loving thoughts. ❤

  7. So much work involved in moving “everything” and I can only imagine the work involved. I would have to give all my treasures away if I had to do that and furniture as well. In fact I think I’d run away and hide, never to be seen again. On the one hand maybe you can organize things better. I don’t do Christmas, simply because it is too much work. You are still young and have the energy for how ever you want to celebrate Christmas. I hope y0urs is a good one. By the way- singing they say is good for the soul.

    • Thank you for understanding, Yvonne. This experience is helping me clarify what treasures are most important whether material or spiritual. Singing IS good for my soul. I got to sing in Church today and realized how much I missed it. That is enough.

  8. I am the only person in the house who LOVES Christmas music and so I would like to stay at your house until Eve, if it’s okay? 😉
    “Everything” is a daunting task. I have written a post on this, and I shall make sure you see it when it’s posted.
    Pods are for the rich, I presume. I called once, too, and almost choked. Wonderful idea, completely unreasonable for my budget.
    For me, Yuletide has always been music, candles, baking and the twinkly lights. These are the things I want in my season of celebration.
    I hope you take pause and enjoy some time unburdened. ❤

    • Come on down! 😉 I’ll think of you when I’m singing something, especially if you let me know your favorite Christmas song. It’s hard to pick one isn’t it? Chestnuts Roasting is one of mine. And O Come O Come Emanuel. Looking forward to pauses, twinkly lights and your “everything” post.

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  10. I agree. We spent one Christmas while living in Costa Rica. We had a one foor evergreen in a pot we bought from a roadside plant nursery. I decorated it with feathers and tiny seashells. I had a small tv, a dvd player and all my Christmas movies. We had dinner out I think. And were thankful to live in such a paradise. I missed my children but they all live away from us here, so…
    Christmas is a state of heart and mind. This year was a fun one, with more visits and gifts than in recent past years. But for us it truly is about sharing laughter and fun, the love that sustains us in the everydays. Happy New Year! The First Noel was always my favorite church song for Christmas. I always listen to my Elvis, Reba and Willie Nelson albums too.

    • Thank you for painting that picture of your Christmas in paradise and helping me further understand and accept how a quiet Christmas can be sweet and good. Music helps a lot. I hope you have a wonderful new year!

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