It’s all over now, except for …
… the bits of crumpled paper, ribbons, and bows that still litter the floor.
… the pile of linens that need to be washed; the china and crystal that need to be carefully put away.
… the bursting garbage containers that need to be emptied.
… the containers of leftover food to be recycled into future meals.
… the trays of leftover cookies, tarts, and other sweets that are still sending out their siren call.
… the resolutions to be made to end the excessive eating, drinking, late nights, and lack of exercise.
… the wonderful memories of time spent with family and friends; the laughter and the stories.
… especially the memories ….