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Confluence Chronicles – Where City & County Meet 12-13-10

What do you do to prepare for Christmas? Or for that matter, the winter? I had a Dutch friend who used to wash the interior walls of her house every fall as part of her house-cleaning routine. In this country we tend to repaint every few years to spruce things up instead of washing walls. When I start de-cluttering, it seems to be a prelude to Christmas in our house and though I don’t know why, I can count on it. We have lived in this house since December 1974. Since we’ve not moved and have no plans to do so, we have accumulated a lot. My weakness is books, especially on South Dakota history. Our sons will have a great collection some day, as the volumes increase every year. They are the one thing I do not purge.

What really got me started with my deep cleaning this year was an essay, which was read at the funeral of an old friend. She had lots of stuff. When she passed away, it took her extended family a week to just weed through it and skim off the dross. Perhaps this reminder will nudge each of us toward paring down our “stuff.”

What do you do to prepare for Christmas? Or for that matter, the winter? I had a Dutch friend who used to wash the interior walls of her house every fall as part of her house-cleaning routine. In this country we tend to repaint every few years to spruce things up instead of washing walls. When I start de-cluttering, it seems to be a prelude to Christmas in our house and though I don’t know why, I can count on it. We have lived in this house since December 1974. Since we’ve not moved and have no plans to do so, we have accumulated a lot. My weakness is books, especially on South Dakota history. Our sons will have a great collection some day, as the volumes increase every year. They are the one thing I do not purge.

What really got me started with my deep cleaning this year was an essay, which was read at the funeral of an old friend. She had lots of stuff. When she passed away, it took her extended family a week to just weed through it and skim off the dross. Perhaps this reminder will nudge each of us toward paring down our “stuff.”