Boxes, bows and the crumpled remains of wrapping paper.

Looking at it now, your home is a spectacular display that might be seen on a Norman Rockwell Christmas card, with brightly wrapped gifts stacked neatly beneath your perfectly decorated tree.

In mere hours, however, it will quickly be reduced to a heaping pile of debris.

To make sure the remains of Christmas don't litter your life into the New Year, city residents are being reminded that trash collection will run a little off schedule due to the upcoming holiday.

Thursday is Christmas Eve, but Stephenville residents who typically have their trash picked up on Thursdays, won't have to make an adjustment to their schedules.

Christmas Day, however, trash collectors will have the day off. Friday customers are being asked to have post-Christmas waste to the curb by 7 a.m. Saturday.

Collection schedules for New Year's Day will also be adjusted.

Thursday customers will have their trash collected on Thursday, Dec. 31, and Friday customers will be serviced on Saturday, Jan. 2.

And remember, don't leave your Christmas trees at the curb. The city's annual Christmas Tree Recycling Program will be held Saturday, Jan. 2, at Optimist Jaycee Park.  See Thursday's edition of the Empire-Tribune for more details.

Environmentally friendly consumers are also being reminded that recyclables, including cardboard and Christmas catalogs, can be taken to Tarleton State University's Recycling Center at the university farm at 1949 CR 518 in Stephenville. The center will be closed for the holidays, but will reopen Jan. 4.  For more information, call the center at  968-9253.