I got rid of that red, gold and green chain garland. It just seemed loud and obnoxious to me.
I read Marie Kondo's book, The Magic of Tidying last week.
Ignoring all the odd bits (like objects have feelings and desires), her process for decluttering is helpful.
I decided to keep the Christmas cds with the tree as putting up the tree is the first time we want them.
The first page in this, my Christmas planner, tells me to buy Christmas cards and wrapping paper.
That is it in a nutshell. There's a procedure for going through your home (Kondo recommends starting with your clothes and then moving on to books and then other things. For obvious reasons, Christmas decorations are not a category.) She also advises you to dump everything you are considering out on the floor in order to force yourself pick up each and every item.
I didn't do that.
The newly emptied outbox is getting filled back up again.
I asked the question.
I got rid of two boxes worth of stuff.
And when I got everything back to its home under the basement stairs, I wondered how they had ever fit in the first place!