Over the past few days, I have been taking down my Christmas decorations. It is never as much fun taking them down as putting them up. When I put them up, there is an excitement in the air with great anticipation of the holidays yet to come. But when I take them down, it is just a lot like cleaning. However, for me it is a different type of cleaning. As I remove items from my windowsills, the top of the piano, end tables, etc. it does leave an empty spot; but, it also brings a feeling of freshness to my mind. It is at this time of year that I start thinking of doing some deep cleaning and making some changes around the house. Even though cleaning isn't always an enjoyable activity, the results are sure nice. And to start a new year with a freshness of spirit in this regard is certainly encouraging to me. So as I start turning my attention to some mid-winter cleaning, I think this little guy will stay out of the Christmas box for a while just to keep me company.