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Thursday, December 31, 2009

I'm curious. When is Christmas officially over at your house? In other words, when do the decorations come down?

I admit it. I struggle making decisions. I go crazy every Sunday trying to decide which screen to look at, the one on the left, or the one on the right? It's too much for me to handle so I end up looking back and forth and making myself crazy. I'm sure there's a label for that, but I don't know what it is. Maybe I'll look it up. Or maybe not. Or maybe I will . . . .

Okay, so normally we take the decorations down right after Christmas. We have company coming today, though, for the weekend, so we've opted to leave them up. But I have to tell you, it's not easy. I'm one of those, turn-out-the-lights-the-party's-over kind of gals. Time to move on to the next thing, you know?

Still, here we are with decorations in tact. They look nice, by the way. Hopefully, I won't go all OCD over it.

So my question is how long do you leave up your Christmas decorations?

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Diann Hunt  
posted at 8:28 AM  
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At 8:46 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Ours came down the day after Christmas. LOL They were only up a week!

At 10:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ours came down yesterday, Dec 30. Each year it varies. Sometimes it's the day after Christmas, sometimes not until Jan 2. We have family that leave theirs up until Epiphany which is Jan 6 I think. Of course our tree has been up since the day after Thanksgiving and it was definitely time for it to come down. :)

At 10:53 AM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

I'd drive you crazy, Diann. None at all this year, not even a wreath on the front door, and it was so very peaceful. No presents to wrap, meals to cook. Just quiet time reading.

Of course one year, many, many years ago, before Mel and I married, I knew he wanted a tree but didn't want to put it up himself, so I helped him put it up. It stayed up the whole year. We got married, and that tree was still up. So January the next year, who do you think had the chore of taking everything down? Me.

At 2:30 PM, Blogger Rachel Hauck said...

C, only up a week!? Really? Wow.

My tree goes up at Thanksgiving and comes down around New Years. I think I'll take it down this weekend.

Like you Di, I do have a bit of the "party's over, let's move on" feeling, but Christmas comes once a year and the tree is so pretty.

One year I left it up until the middle of January! LOL.

Happy New Year Girlswriteout. Love you all!


At 2:32 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Dave had surgery on his wrist and couldn't get the tree down from the attic. So it was only up a week. It was in his way to see the TV so it came down the day after Christmas. LOL

At 3:49 PM, Blogger Peg said...

I haven't put up a tree for several years--because of the cats. But they're older now, maybe next year. Instead I have a 3' lighted (artificial) wreath which suffices. It went up Dec 1st and will probably come down this weekend, along with all the other little touches I added around the house.

It's kinda sad, too. A bit of a let-down after all the lights and garlands and tinsel is gone. Back to ho-hum-drum. :)

Happy New Year!

At 4:33 PM, Blogger Rachel Hauck said...

LOL, C. :)

At 4:34 PM, Blogger Rachel Hauck said...

Not on the wrist surgery, but on the tree blocking the TV. ;)

At 9:53 PM, Blogger Pamela Meyers said...

My tree came down today (NYE). It's always down by January 1st. Sometimes earlier than today. It was up since Thanksgiving weekend. Time to come down.

At 4:28 AM, Blogger Pam S. said...

We put up our decorations on the first day of Advent. When do they come down? Varies from year to year. My husband and I just had this discussion five minutes ago! I want to take down the decorations on Sunday afternoon, but he wants to wait until 6 Jan. (Epiphany, Theophany). He feels stronger about this than I I guess they'll stay up. (I even suggested doing rock-paper-scissors to decide, but he wouldn't go for it.)

P.S. I just looked up "Epiphany" on Wikipedia and found it interesting reading.

At 10:01 AM, Blogger Lisa Jordan said...

A day late to the party, but still fun to comment. My tree will come down today. I want my living room back to normal. As much as I love my ornaments, I'm getting that "Christmas is over...time for a new year" closed in feeling. So the plastic totes will be carted up the basement stairs, packed, and then stashed in the attic for another year.

At 10:35 AM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

I usually leave mine up until after Jan 1. After all, the twelve days of Christmas aren't over until Jan 6th, and since my birthday falls in there ... well I won't go there. The bills usually arrive on my birthday. This year, I'll take them down tomorrow. I didn't put much up, so it will be an easy task. Next year, I'll go back to the full regalia.

At 1:13 PM, Blogger Peg Brantley said...

Ours go up the day after Thanksgiving, and come down the day after Christmas. Some years, I will leave the wreaths up on the doors until New Year's Day, but LOML helped this year and his enthusiasm had the wreaths down before I could say a word. Which of course, I didn't. ;-)

At 2:05 PM, Blogger quietspirit said...

When I used to go 'all out' and decorate, I tried to keep them up until after New Year's Day. I thought the room and all looked blah without the colors. I tried to have them down and away before our son's birthday, Jan. 7th. One year I forgot about a wreath hanging on a hook in the ceiling and left it up for a whole year.

At 4:58 PM, Blogger Cathy Shouse said...

When we were first married, I was sloppy about getting the decorations down. We had our first baby and I decided I should grow up. (some family members are fanatical about taking down the decorations immediately. I committed to taking down the tree and decorations the night of Christmas while he was asleep so he would definitely know Christmas was over. He's 15 and I've done that about 14 years.

I think there's something sad about dismantling everything, so I have shielded their eyes. sparing them from it. LOL!

This year, we were extra busy traveling to family dinners. Plus, they stay up later than I do now! I took it down two days after Christmas. I still did it when both kids were gone. I guess I'm more sentimental than I think.

At 6:07 PM, Blogger Peg Brantley said...

I think of it as reclaiming my house. It seems so much more spacious with all of the decorations down.

I put them away the day after Christmas because that's what my Mom did. I like the idea of keeping each Christmas special by not having any carryover.

And my birthday is January 6th. Not so interested in the competition staying around.

At 7:17 PM, Blogger Abby said...

They come down New Years Day!! I have to get my house back to normal:)

At 6:08 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Fun to read all your comments! We've had company over the weekend (having a great time together!), but they're leaving after lunch, so we'll take our decorations down then. I've enjoyed having them up, but I'm ready to get back to normal. :-)


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Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

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