When does something become a tradition?
When you do it once ? - well no, hardly!
Three times ?
How about something that you have done unfailingly for the last 36 years, that your darling daughter also does, and your mother did before you ?
I think that would probably qualify as a tradition.
Well tradition 'round here says that Christmas decorations start coming down on Twelfth Night [ January 6th ]
This is written in stone
It is an operation requiring patience, fortitude, stamina and a level of organisation of Martha Stewartian proportions to ensure that everything is packed - by room - into the correct box
because otherwise I'll have a nervous breakdown mid November when I get it all out again. It takes 5 days to do properly, and used to take longer.
As you can probably imagine, while all this transpires the house closely resembles the the Wreck of the Hesperus
Not a good time for visitors
especially a visitor who hasn't ever been an overnight guest before and whom I haven't seen for about two years
so either I try to get it all done tomorrow and Monday
it will have to wait until she goes home again on Thursday
either way it's not going to happen on the 6th
I'm leaning towards waiting till Thursday