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(sniff) bye bye twinkle lights

msm-s's picture

I'm a sucker for color and chaos, I guess, despite the fact that I really do like simplicity and a clean, empty space (I'll just never have a big enough house to enjoy that in my lifetime LOL). I do a pretty good job of getting the tree down by New Year's Eve now, though before DS was born, it would stay up and lit for AGES.
Soooooo, the tree has to come down in the next few days, and I'm going to miss the excuse to have colored lights strung all over the living room.
When do you take your tree and decorations down?

Risottogirl's picture

(post #51605, reply #1 of 21)

Never, ever before Epihany.

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MadMom's picture

(post #51605, reply #3 of 21)

I'm with you.  We never decorated until our anniversary, December 7, and I refused to take decorations down until Epiphany.  This year, I only put out wreaths and two trees outdoors, which now I have to plant, but that shouldn't be too difficult.  Not like the years of 13 trees and lighted garland on all the stair railings and mantles and windows.  I must have been quite a bit younger then!



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(post #51605, reply #2 of 21)

Yesterday. 


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Marcia's picture

(post #51605, reply #6 of 21)

Yesterday.

Good answer, but I'm always outvoted. My mom was like you and me, which is where I got it, probably. Ah well, I'll live, but I do insist that things are down by January 1.

slycat's picture

(post #51605, reply #4 of 21)

I find all the decorations make the house seem so cluttered and after Christmas I am ready to get them down. However I like to leave the tree up until after New Years. I am a teacher so some of this depends on when we have to go back to school. This year is it not until the 5th, so things will stay up longer. I too like simple, clean lines, but somehow it never happens at our house. And probably never will.

Jean's picture

(post #51605, reply #5 of 21)

 I couldn't believe it, but I turned my back for a few minutes and DH had whisked away the tiny tree, the wreath and the few cards i had on display. I think I married a grinch!



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teebee's picture

(post #51605, reply #7 of 21)

I take down the tree/decorations after the kids go back to school (Jan 5, this year). It's bittersweet: the holiday fun is over, but an exciting new year full of promise is beginning! Happy New Year!

Lee's picture

(post #51605, reply #8 of 21)

I start putting decorations away after the 1st, but I always leave the tree up until Epiphany.  I buy Frasier Firs which stay fresh forever and I always hate to take them down.  I froze my you-know-what this year looking for a tree in bitter cold weather, but it turned out to be one of the prettiest I can remember.     

evelyn's picture

(post #51605, reply #9 of 21)

our tree and lights come down after 'Fota' (Epiphany - January 6). Usually on January 8th, or thereabouts, as Yanni's nameday is January 7 and I like to have the house still in its Christmas finery for his special day. :-)

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assibams's picture

(post #51605, reply #10 of 21)

Catholic tradition has the tree up until February 2 (Maria Lichtmess, I think the English term is 'Presenting of the Lord' or something like that). This was also the day when the farm year ended and the farmers decided which of the maids, servants, and farmhands could stay another year. Usually they had a day or two off, too.


I usually take the tree down sometime after Jan 6, whenever I get sick of the tree LOL



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Gretchen's picture

(post #51605, reply #11 of 21)

Took ours down yesterday--we are off to the beach and didn't want to leave it up. I leave our other decorations up until I finally get them down!! But usually the tree is down sometime after the first, sometimes the sixth. It just depends on how energetic I feel.


One year I went to a meeting at a friend's house the first week of February. We met in the living room--with the fully decorated Christmas tree, and the gifts open, under the tree!!  The tree was "crispy". It was a bit like the elephant in the room--bizarre. And no, it wasn't a case of the German traditon!!  ;o)


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Regality's picture

(post #51605, reply #15 of 21)

Maria Lichtmess, I think the English term is 'Presenting of the Lord' or something like that


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assibams's picture

(post #51605, reply #17 of 21)

For not being Catholic and a non-native English speaker I think I was pretty d@rn close :-)


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Regality's picture

(post #51605, reply #18 of 21)

Eyup!

 


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roz's picture

(post #51605, reply #12 of 21)

This year I will keep my funny, leafless branches with the white, non-blinking lights up until next week, at least. The ornaments will disappear soon! The stark branches in the terra cotta pot with the lights is very cozy, especially for gray days.

What I do have trouble dealing with is all the woodstove stuff...coal bags of turf, cardboard boxes of wood and kindling, gloves, hatchets, pokers, dust...all for a little warmth and cheer!

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Cissytoo's picture

(post #51605, reply #13 of 21)

Not until the 12th day of Christmas.

Regality's picture

(post #51605, reply #14 of 21)

I took down a mini tree this morning, but with luck, will be able to make the undecorating last for almost a month.  I really love the chaos and clutter, so have to withdraw from my addiction slowly.

 


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belaine's picture

(post #51605, reply #16 of 21)

I will take the tree down today only because we're going out of town for a few. Otherwise it's after New Year unless we have a very dry tree in which case it goes out the 26th. we live in So. Cal.

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ehBeth's picture

(post #51605, reply #19 of 21)

Christmas decorations go up the 24th (earlier by a day or two if there's some sort of scheduling issue), and are back down on the 26th (27th at the latest if I go to my friend's Boxing Day party instead of being the hostess).

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Heather's picture

(post #51605, reply #20 of 21)

Why bother? ;-)

msm-s's picture

(post #51605, reply #21 of 21)

LOL