Woo hoo, we put Christmas away today! And managed to go through a lot of old stuff in the meantime.
In the donate box:
2 Easter eggs and a rubber bunny toy (why were they in the Christmas stuff??)
1 miniature wooden guitar knicknack (DH finally agreed to part with it)
1 Minnie Mouse keychain
1 weird candle holder with elephants on it (I think DH is glad to get rid of this)
1 old Christmas stocking with a cat on it
3 pairs earrings
1 strand Christmas lights
24 Christmas ornaments
1 decorative mirror
1 old horseshoe
1 painted whistle on a leather thong
1 very old New Testament
1 embroidered dishcloth
1 wooden bookmark
1 set of Chinese dexterity balls (whatever you call those)
1 artist's poseable human figure (I never was much of an artist, turns out)
1 porcelain knicknack saying "March"
3 hideous fake flowers (I was keeping them simply because they were hideous)
1 bag gift boxes and icky tissue paper that I was saving
1 stack of old Christmas cards and photos of my friends' kids (these were hard to get rid of, but really - do I need to hold on to photos of my friends' kids??)
Several years' worth of blessed palms collected from around the house to return to the church (I think they burn these for Ash Wednesday. Anybody know?)
And, Christmas decorations were reduced by 1 box by condensing stuff into other boxes and clearing stuff out.
So we'll call today's total 53! Not bad, esp. with DH following me around saying "are you sure we should get rid of that???"