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How long do you leave your Christmas decorations/outdoor lights up after the holidays are over?


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Initial post: Jan 3, 2011 1:34:46 PM PST
T. Graham says:
My parents always left Christmas decorations up well into, or until the end of January. Are we in the minority if we enjoy having them up a little longer into the new year?

Posted on Jan 3, 2011 1:39:08 PM PST
I take my tree down the day after Christmas because I usually have a large New Year's event and don't have space for people and a large tree. I leave my outdoor decorations up until the 12th day of Christmas - Jan 6.

I give you permission to do what you want. When my kids were lots younger, there were years when we left the tree up till mid February. They liked it.

Posted on Jan 3, 2011 1:39:27 PM PST
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Posted on Jan 3, 2011 1:40:01 PM PST
ól bean says:
The tradition is to keep them up till The Feast of the Epiphany, which occurs after the 12 days of Christmas.

I take them down on New Year's Day. I am always off work that day.

Posted on Jan 3, 2011 1:43:17 PM PST
QUESTER says:
I keep them up a couple weeks after the holidays, at least.

I feel it's a little hypocritical to indulge in decorations for the
holiday, but then to tear them down the minute its over.

If you like the decor, ... can't it hang around a bit ?

I mean ... we really do it because the winter's so bleak, anyway.

BTW ... if it isn't clear I'm supporting your position, ... I am.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 3, 2011 1:49:19 PM PST
When I had my big outdoor display up, the last night it was lit was the night before the first business day of the new year. So Sunday night would have been it this year. I'd plan to actually take them down my first days off after that.

The indoor tree could stay up until the Epiphany on January 6, but I didn't bother turning it on much. It got taken down the next chance after that, with the outdoor lights having priority as far as workflow.

I noticed yesterday one of my neighbor's apparently has a tradition of taking down their tree on New Years Day. (They didn't have outdoor decorations.) I've also noticed that there are people who stop lighting their outdoor displays the day after Christmas, and are out there taking them down the weekend that usually falls between Christmas and New Years... but I think they really should add to the festive atmosphere of New Years Eve, at the very least.

But I think once you pass the start of the new year, and certainly by the time the Epiphany is over, the decorations and lights start to be more depressing than festive.

Posted on Jan 3, 2011 2:12:30 PM PST
As long as you take them down by Easter you're probably okay.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 3, 2011 2:12:56 PM PST
GW™ says:
I usta leave the stuff up til after New Years but ever since Santa started STIFFING ME I take it all down on the 26th.

Of course, I leave the 9 FAKE DEER in the yard til it's time for THESE to come back from their winter vay-kay.

Posted on Jan 3, 2011 2:14:17 PM PST
I really love my small lighted tree. I put it up after Thanksgiving. It will stay up...and lit...until mid-January.

Everything else gets packed away beforehand, as I get to it (after Christmas).

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 3, 2011 2:15:08 PM PST
Nutman says:
I always take mine down on Jan. 1st.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 3, 2011 2:19:54 PM PST
GW™ says:
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toonin says:
We bought an artificial tree four or five years ago, in part because I like a tree taller than I am in the way it was when I was a small boy. Once we moved into our current home which has 19 stairs from the outside to the floor where the tree is placed, a live large one was just too much. The primary reason, however, is that my wife likes to keep the tree up through at least the end of January so safety was an issue. We have a huge ornament collection and it takes forever to de-decorate the tree. The outdoor lights will come down in the next few days but are no longer lit at night.

Posted on Jan 3, 2011 2:20:36 PM PST
Trust Me says:
Our tree goes up just before Christmas, so it stays up until the night before the last day the city will take it from the curb. The house lights will probably come down Sunday.

Posted on Jan 3, 2011 2:23:02 PM PST
C. Mawson says:
Everything but the lights on the house gets packed away on New Year's Day...I'm more than happy to put it away by then. It generally takes a few weeks (depending on the weather) for my husband to get the lights off the house.

Posted on Jan 3, 2011 2:30:11 PM PST
This year we really didn't decorate inside. A few small things, nativity, small lighted tree, a snowman, will all be put away this week, probably on the 7th, since I'm off during the day. My hubby took down the outside stuff yesterday and it's already in our attic crawl space. Granted, he put them up the week before Thanksgiving, since we were going to be out of town that weekend. It was really nice to come home from our travels and just flip a switch for instant Christmas joy.

Posted on Jan 3, 2011 3:08:00 PM PST
T. Wilson says:
I have a friend who has a rather large home and she has seven plus trees...that she leaves up ALL YEAR LONG!!! The largest of which is 15 feet tall. No kidding, and no exaggeration LOL. When we went to their home last Fourth of July I told her we should have brought our winter clothes and taken our Christmas pictures.

At my house, I put my tree up the week before Thanksgiving and it came down the day after Christmas. That was long enough.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 3, 2011 3:10:17 PM PST
M Wait says:
Huh? How is taking down holiday decorations after the holiday is over 'hypocritical'?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 3, 2011 3:17:31 PM PST
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GW™ says:
Yeah, I don't wanna be considered hippo-critical in the future, so I'm putting the bunnies back up TODAY & leaving them til the TURKEY TROT.

Posted on Jan 3, 2011 3:26:55 PM PST
C. Ziebell says:
Eh - I just took down the outdoor lights today. Tree came down late last week. Still have snowflake window clings up, but do what you're comfortable with.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 3, 2011 3:30:28 PM PST
T. Call says:
And the vacuum cleaner companies LOVE you. LOL

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 3, 2011 3:31:24 PM PST
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GW™ says:
Right!
I'd rather have the neighbor's Christmas junk up all year long than the HUGE RV & BOAT that I have to look at all year. Oh, and the basketball hoops....and the rusted cars up on blocks....& the barking Pit Bulls....& the people who rent rooms by the day.

But FAR be it from me to COMPLAIN.
I'm just gonna cover my windahs with foil so I don't hafta LOOK at it all.

Posted on Jan 3, 2011 3:38:00 PM PST
I usually put so much into it that I like to enjoy it as long as possible, tho I start very early and by the second week of Jan. I am ready to get back to my usual decor, and put out a few things for Valentines day.

Posted on Jan 3, 2011 3:47:50 PM PST
Christmas decorations down already, but the outside lights are still up. We figure we live in a rural area, closest neighbor is well over an acre away so noone sees them during the day(not lit) and it is soooo cold outside. I told hubby he should wait till it warms up a bit to worry about them. I figure we'll probably keep plugging them in at night for a week or so(maybe longer who knows!lol). I also told him he should put them up in september (before the temps start to get frigid) and we just won't plug them in till end of Nov. lol

Posted on Jan 3, 2011 4:00:17 PM PST
OldAmazonian says:
In 1990 we strung some small lights around the front parlor of our country place. They were wired in series to run at 1/2 rated voltage. Sweetie likes 'em so they're still up, have been on continuously except for power outages, and still work with no bulbs having been replaced.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 3, 2011 4:09:01 PM PST
OldAmazonian says:
GW,
What a great resource! Not many have a human zoo to observe 24/7.
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