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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.