When to Take Down Your Christmas Tree

According to tradition, when should you take down your Christmas tree? Our friends at Good Housekeeping state, “tradition dictates that the Twelfth Night is the best time to take down your festive decorations — including your tree. It’s believed that waiting too long after the Twelfth Night will bring bad luck.” When is the Twelfth Night? That would be January 5th or 6th, depending on whether or not you consider Christmas day as Day One.

When do I plan on taking my tree down? Last year we kept our tree up way too long. We kept it up until nearly March. We were half busy and half lazy. Photo above is of last year’s tree; I am sure you will agree that it was not worth keeping up the first quarter of the year. Back luck or not, this year I wanted to stay on top of it and start taking down the ornaments the day after Christmas. I think the tree is very pretty, but there is going to come a point when I am going to have to start dusting the ornaments. I broached the subject with the husband and it turns out he had strong feelings about the ornaments staying up. Therefore, the ornaments are still hanging.

When I put the tree up this year, I planned to take down all of the ornaments the day after Christmas. I also wanted to put away all of the overtly Christmas decor. That would leave the trees (yes, there are many) up with lights only. The glow of the little twinkle lights could continue to bring us joy until New Years day. I also planned to take all of the trees and any remaining decor down on New Years day. This is a convenient day as I knew we were both off from work and I would be able to sweet talk the husband into helping.

So much for planning! The ornaments are still twirling.
The lights on the trees are still twinkling. The stocking are still hanging by the chimney with care. When are we going to take them down? My husband wants both his mother and father to see the tree. I don’t understand why; it isn’t that fabulous. It is just a tree with ornaments. And he didn’t help put it up. Why all the passion, bro?

Mother-in-law will be visiting next week. She is going to be watching our fur babies while we vacation in the Bahamas. The weekend following our return from the Bahamas my father-in-law will be visiting for a few days. I am excited for them to visit. I am just hoping they don’t think we are weird for still having all of our Christmas decor still up in mid-to-late January!

When do you intend to take your Christmas tree down?

Have a live tree this year? Check out my tips for disposing of your Christmas tree.