I just came across this thought in a magazine (Your Child in Banyule & Nillumbik to be precise) and loved it:
one of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the lounge room on Christmas Day. Don’t clean it up too quickly.
I love that mess (especially compared to the mess my kids usually make…) all the wrapping paper and packaging strewn across the floor, new clothes, books and toys scattered around, topped off with tinsel and decorations around the room. It evokes happy feelings of sharing and giving, and its bright and colourful. Love it!
I never clean it up before we go out for Christmas lunch, and generally leave it for Boxing Day (isn’t that the point of Boxing Day anyway??) Does that make me unusual?