7 Jan 2010

so that is that

Well, so that is that. Now we must dismantle the tree,
Putting the decorations back into their cardboard boxes –Some have got broken – and carrying them up to the attic. The holly and the mistletoe must be taken down and burnt, And the children got ready for school. There are enough
Left-overs to do, warmed-up, for the rest of the week – Not that we have much appetite, having drunk such a lot, Stayed up so late, attempted – quite unsuccessfully – To love all of our relatives, and in general Grossly overestimated our powers.

(from the concluding section of W. H. Auden’s, For the Time Being: a Christmas Oratorio).

Thanks Jamie