Day five. I have been trying to take down the Christmas decorations since Sunday evening. Lorelei's protests and tears have kept me from doing it for the past two days, but today I finally got it accomplished. I had her help with every element of the taking down, wrapping, and packing. I told her so many times how big she was and what a great helper she was being. Not a tear was shed. Lorelei is so much like me as a little girl. A little mini-me. I still feel a weird sort of sadness the day I have to pack up all the decorations. It almost feels like I pack away the magic in those boxes every year. But, it will be the holidays again before I know it. Anticipating the excitement and joy I will see on the faces of my children the day we put it all back up makes it worth putting it out of site for a while.