Sunday, January 16, 2011

how long

do you leave your tree up?

29 comments:

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

New Year's Day is an appropriate time to take down the tree. It signals the end of the holiday season, and it is a holiday that gives time to put everything away.

Unless one celebrates the holiday according to the Orthodox calendar, then there is another 10 days or so before Christmas.

Malyss said...

As soon as holidays are over..As I begin to decorate for Xmas at the beginning of november, when the celebrations are over, I want to change everything rather soon.ANd I need at least a week to go back to normality, working hard everyday! :)

Birdman said...

NYD, although this year we had a beautiful tree that just kept sucking water, and we got lazy. It lasted one more week. I'm sorry. Don't hurt me!

Birdman said...

Oh, almost forgot. Growing up at school, the nuns always told us that the tree could remain til Little Christmas, January 6.

Arija said...

Traditionally the tree is disrobed on the 6th Jan, that is the twelfth day of Christmas. In European tradition the tree is trimmed on Christmas eve and in Europe and England as well, it is unlucky to leave it up beyond the 6th.Jan.

We left it a few days later because my in laws were coming from Canada to escape the cold and had our house burn down on the 23rd.Feb. Now I certainly don't tamper with tradition.

Steffe said...

I haven't had a tree for 15 years or so.

Sunny said...

Usually the day after New Year's.
☼ Sunny
P.S. That's a beautiful tree!

Julie said...

Our tree comes down on 5th January which is the Twelfth Day of Christmas. Ours goes up on the second weekend prior to Christmas.

helenmac said...

My favorite topic! Following the customs we grew up with, the tree does not go up until Christmas eve and remains up through the Epiphany on Janurary 6.
For the last few years I have extended this period for as long as the needles do not fall off. Winter is long and dark in the north and we need as much light as possible to keep our spirits up -- and the Christmas tree is a great way to do this!

Eleanor said...

I generally put my tree up in mid December and take it down on January 6th. However, in my neighborhood, many seem to put up trees and decorations right after Thanksgiving. As early as December 26th you start to see discarded trees out with the trash.

Sharon Creech said...

New Year's Day or the day after. And you?

Leif Hagen said...

We put our tree up just after Thanksgiving and I think today we might finally take it down...... we have so enjoyed it every day in our family room~!

Kate said...

It looks like many who have responded know of or follow the January 6th tradition. I do as well. We, too, used to trim the tree on Christmas eve after the kids fell asleep. Made for a long night. Sacrilege, I know, but now we have an artificial table top tree that is removed to the attic, still decorated, til the next season. I think I would even skip that if it weren't for the grandkids. But then I think of all the lovely ornaments boxed in the attic, probably never to see the light of day again! The tree in the photo is lovely and could be admired for a long time.

SRQ said...

This year, the trees went up early -- right after Thanksgiving. They always come down by Jan. 2nd.

Anya said...

No tree this year
but normal I do
Jan 1th the tree take down !!

Enjoy your sunday :-)

Sharon said...

Mine was down on December 30th.

Southshoreandbeyond said...

Last year - it was up until the middle of January. No one wanted to put it away. It just because the ugly ignored thing that sat in the living room. So, I got mad at it, and jammed it up in the attic. That's why no tree this year, it couldn't take the beating.

One year, it was up until April. I was protesting being the only one who ever put it away. No one seemed to care then, either.

cieldequimper said...

Never after Epiphany...

Cezar and Léia said...

Ours was taken down on January 6th... I'm missing that X-mas feel...
God bless you!
Cezar

Amin said...

When I was child I loved to decorate the trees ...Recent years we did not decorate the trees...

Library Jewel said...

We leave it up through the 12th day of Christmas (Epiphany). I do not like to take it down. Each ornament signifies something special in our lives, given or chosen for an occasion appropriate at the time it was hung. I remember and reflect on all those things as I take out ornaments and then carefully pack them away.

Butch said...

I have a neighbor that is still lighting up the neighborhood just like the movie Chevy Chase was in. I do know that they have 3 or 4 trees inside so I'm figuring they are up too.

They light up the front yard for Halloween, Christmas, the 4th and Easter. Power company loves them.

slim said...

Sometime in January; though I leave the lights on the large house plants throughout the winter. The lights make me smile.

Jacob said...

Lois Anne is in charge of our Christmas tree. It comes down on New Year's day! I supervise.

Cat Chat With Caren And Cody said...

being that it is January 16th I would say that this one is up TOO LONG! lol

Virginia said...

I"m superstitious. I get my undecorated before New Year's Day. Well I got that done but the stupid thing is still hanging around the living room, bare naked and awaiting my friend who will haul it to the basement for me.!

Irina said...

Still here.

Thilda said...

Usually whole january. Last days our tree has started to grow! :)

Berrytwist said...

Last year I couldn't part from it till April!!