“One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas Day. Don’t clean it up too quickly.”
As soon as I saw this, I was transported back in time to my childhood. We always had to do a massive clean-up before Christmas Eve. My father would meticulously set up the presents under the tree. We weren’t allowed to touch them in the morning outside of peeking at tags along the edge. But then we would dive in to our unwrapping and rotation and the stuff would go everywhere. At some point, of course we had to clean it up, but it was more fun to let it all set for a while. As we got older, that mess became less and less until it became a distant memory with a bit of nostalgia. You can’t get that back. So grit your teeth and enjoy the mess while it lasts. You’ll miss it when it’s gone.