Taking Down Christmas

I contemplated taking down the Christmas decorations yesterday. In the end, I didn’t have the energy, but perhaps today I will begin to remove a little of the fluff and the Merry Christmas signs. I still keep the wintery decorations up through February just to keep that twinkly white light feeling in our home which I find so comforting.

When do you take down your Christmas decorations? Do you wait until after little Christmas on January 6th? Normally I wait until after Three Kings also known as the Epiphany, but I think I’m starting a little earlier this year. Well, I’ll keep the Christmas tree up until January 7th because it’s an artificial one so that makes it easier!

I never wanted an artificial tree, but I am so enjoying not worrying about watering the tree daily nor that it’s drying out because it’s stopped drinking water. No fire hazard worries either makes it such a delight. And I have my balsam scented candles so that I can still smell Christmas in the house.

It’s strange that today is Saturday for yesterday felt like it was already the weekend. Have you lost track of what day it is too?

I hope you had a lovely New Year’s Eve…may 2021 be a good year for us all.

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25 Responses to Taking Down Christmas

  1. The V Pub says:

    I did mine yesterday. The puppy was napping, so I had some spare time to get it down.

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  2. ribbonfairy_with_unboundedwords says:

    That’s cool. Hope you get a great year ahead

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  3. I can’t remember the last time we decorated for Christmas, but I know that when we were still into all of that, we’d often leave the decorations until Christmas the following year. It was more of our being rebellious than our being lazy.

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    • janieleeds says:

      Wow! You win the longest I’ve ever heard of Christmas decorations being up! Good for you! May I ask why you don’t decorate anymore? Just wondering honestly….you don’t have to answer.

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      • Does my award for longest Christmas decorations come with a box of meat pies? Because I could really use some of that right now, lol.

        I probably shouldn’t generalise, but over here in Nigeria, we don’t observe all Christmas traditions as much as non-Africans do. So, our Christmas decorations usually don’t go beyond Christmas trees and lights. We don’t hang mistletoes, garlands, socks, or other traditional Christmas decor pieces on our doors and windows. We just put up Christmas lights and occasionally install a tree in the living room and that’s about it. The spirit of Christmas is usually never around during Christmas season.

        I see movies like Home Alone, Last Christmas, A Christmas Carol, The Grinch, and I think, “Damn, I’d love to celebrate Christmas like that someday.” Even if our dry climate won’t let us build a snowman, we could make one from clay or something. Just kidding, hehe. Anyway, that’s never the case because over here, Christmas is simply and all about visiting your relatives to eat rice and chicken with them.

        To answer your question, at some point I got bored with all of this. I grew tired of our idea of Christmas, and stopped participating in it. Does that make me a scrooge?

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      • janieleeds says:

        Thank you so much for sharing with me! I appreciate you! I don’t think you are a Scrooge at all!! I think you can choose to participate or not whenever you wish and however you wish – that’s the best part.
        For me, it’s the Spirit of Christmas – the giving and spending time with family that counts. And I wish that it could last all year long so I try to make it last all year long.
        I keep my twinkly white lights as long as I can. On my mantle I keep them all year long because I decorate the mantle over the fireplace for every season. The lights just make me happy so they’re always there.
        I love learning about how other people decorate or not and how their lives are. So I really appreciate your sharing Obinna! Thank you! And yes, meat pies sound like a great prize to me!

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      • Sharing my story was a pleasure! Also, thank you so much for the kind words! Really appreciate them. I’m looking forward to celebrating Christmas differently this year. Keeping my fingers crossed!

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      • janieleeds says:

        Fingers crossed for whatever works for you and makes your heart happy! That’s the important part – what makes you happy, what makes your heart sing and what brings you peace!

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      • Thank you! You’re too kind!

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  4. scr4pl80 says:

    I took ours down yesterday because the garbage company was going to pick it up today. If not, then I would have had to have it up for another week and it was losing A LOT of needles. Now the living room looks so much bigger! I still have the lights up outside but those will come down this weekend too, maybe not today because it is raining.

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    • janieleeds says:

      Glad it’s raining so you can keep the lights up one more day…sorry Janet….but I love the lights! I don’t miss the needles of a real tree anymore. It was hard to let go of getting a real one every year and honestly I didn’t think I’d like a fake one, but I do!

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  5. Dwight Hyde says:

    I take down the tree and put away all the inside decorations the day after Christmas. By that time they’ve already been up close to a month, and I’m a bit of a neat freak and feel overwhelmed with all the “clutter”. Outside decorations come down the day after New Years. I like to light everything up NewYears eve. Yep – Over and Out😄

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  6. I don’t have Xmas decorations but I did keep the Hanukkah ones up a few days after. Though it might sound cliche, I think the best idea is after taking down those decorations to keep up the spirit of the holiday–a little more effort but the rewards are bright.

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  7. Ainsobriety says:

    I did it today. I felt cluttered and wanted a fresh start.
    I miss the lights. I might out a strip of coloured lights around the front window!

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  8. TJ Fox says:

    We usually do ours on the first of the year, but we delayed a day and got it all done yesterday instead. It is kind of a love hate tradition. I hate seeing all the warm cheeriness go away, but I’m also really glad to have my house back to normal with less “stuff” everywhere (I do WAY too much decorating every year). This year is it was more important to get it all put away because our construction starts up again tomorrow and now I don’t have to worry about them damaging all that “stuff” that was everywhere.

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    • janieleeds says:

      Best of luck with the continued construction! I still haven’t done much, but tomorrow I plan on taking it all down. Today it was quite rainy and I simply didn’t have the heart to tackle it.

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      • TJ Fox says:

        I still have outside stuff that needs to come in, but it is buried in snow and is going to wait the couple of weeks we have left on construction before it comes down. I’ve got it all unplugged, but is out.

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      • janieleeds says:

        Your snow is beautiful TJ! I love it! We only had a little bit of snow but I was grateful for that! Stay safe! Good luck with construction!! I can’t wait to see the progress in your photos!

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