The trick to after-Christmas bliss is to take things slowly.
That applies to taking down the decorations, said Janie Sims, who plans to go one room at a time as she packs up in the new year.
It took about two months and the help of a handful of friends for Mrs. Sims and her husband, Les, to prepare their three bedroom, three-bathroom home in Jackson to serve as a stop for this year's First Alert Tour of Homes, a benefit for the town's ambulance service.
"We did something in every room because of it," she said. "It just helps pay back for what they do for the community."
With seven big Christmas trees, one medium-size tree, 18 small trees and 15 poinsettias set among several collections of Christmas ornaments and china, Mrs. Sims pulled out all the stops.
"I've always liked to celebrate Jesus' birthday," she said. "Deco-rating is a part of that. Not only is it giving gifts but decorating, too. I always do something every year. It may not be as much as this, but this year was special."
- Kamille Bostick