current mood: thoughtful
I hope you had a blissful Christmas and New Year (although some appear to have been plagued by the dreaded lurgy) and that 2017 will bring you more than it takes.
Unlike some of my fellow posters the Christmas decorations (which I fought so hard not to have adorning the house prior to Christmas Eve - and failed) will stay in place until 6th January. This might seem strange but it's what we've always done in our family and seems quite a normal thing to do. The 6th January in our family is the date we call 'Twelfth Night' and not the C of E practice of calling the 5th the twelfth day of Christmas. If you consider it the 6th is Epiphany so it marks the end of the Christmastide in a dual manner. When my father was a boy there were celebrations to mark the event in his local town but the world has moved on and there is no longer the same sense of recording the event as in any way a special day. Such a shame because after New Year Christmastide seems to end with a whimper and not a bang as it were.