At the end of Christmas even the boxes tell a story

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And yes, I'm still talking about Christmas but this will be the end of it. 

Last weekend I put away Christmas. Down came the decorations and to make it official the kids and I burned the tree. 

We have one Christmas bin, a Rubbermaid tote, and each year things shuffle around a bit in there as some decorations are discarded and new ones added. 

I sort all the decorations and do-dads into boxes and store those in the large Rubbermaid. Over the years new boxes are added and old ones removed. One box for tree ornaments and another for Christmas glasses and mugs. That sort of thing.

I suppose I could use plastic storage bins for the tree ornaments, nested together in an IKEA photo shoot worthy fashion. But cardboard boxes work and they also tell a story. 

When we lived out west Christmas oranges were Chinese Mandarins. In the east, Christmas oranges, at least the only ones I've seen in stores, are Clementines

Fifteen years ago when I was making home and making Christmas in our basement apartments in Alberta, mandarins were sold in cardboard boxes, individually wrapped in square pieces of green tissue. I don't know if they are still sold that way. The clementines we buy come in boxes that we burn in the woodstove. 

This mandarin orange box is probably older than Celine. Older than many of our ornaments. I never even gave it much thought until I noticed it in this picture, beneath another newer box of Christmas ornaments. 

Ornaments stored in a box originally used for Alpinist Climbing Skins. I got those climbing skins this year, early in December. I wonder how long this box will help organize our Christmas bin?

Our Christmas decorations are simple, but no less meaningful. And it's funny how even the boxes we keep them in tell the story of our family Christmases. 

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  • Charlene

    Charlene on Jan. 12, 2014, 5:52 p.m.

    Hi Renee!  Yes, in Alberta we still get our Chinese (and Japanese, and even organic) Christmas oranges in cardboard boxes with each orange individually wrapped in squares of green orwhite tissue paper :)


    • renee

      renee on Jan. 12, 2014, 6:33 p.m.

      Charlene, that's cool to know. It's been a while since I've been in AB for Christmas to check myself. Organic even! 


  • Alaina

    Alaina on Jan. 12, 2014, 7:37 p.m.

    We can get mandarins in the cardboard boxes wrapped in individual green papers (from China) AND clementines in wooden crates with orange coloured mesh on top (from Morocco).  Occasionally I see organic clementines from the USA in mesh bags. 


  • amber

    amber on Jan. 13, 2014, 3:48 a.m.

    Growiung up, we had our decorations in boxes with meaning as well.  I wish we had ours in them now.  It might not be the same storing them in night time diaper boxes or boxes from new electronics, which is all I come across lately....Haha!  


  • Lisa S

    Lisa S on Jan. 14, 2014, 5:22 a.m.

    We have a Christmas decoration stored in the same shoebox it's been stored in since my husband made it when he was 13.  He just turned 50!  And I noticed when we were putting things away that I was using a plastic bag from a local store in the last town we lived in....almost 20 years ago.  I miss that little family grocery.  And since we're talking about it....we live in America's heartland and buy clementines in red mesh bags.   :)


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