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There could be more sites that have the answer of, "When" is the appropriate time to take down your Christmas tree. The link I'm adding, I liked how the author divided it up into the sections of:
superstition, tradition, religion, and common sense.
I'm not sure if you've heard of all of these reasons (tell us if you have) but do let us know if you have a guide that leads you to take down your tree on a certain time frame.
If you put up a Christmas tree this year, when are you taking it down?
Since I go back to work on Monday, I am planning on taking down all of the Christmas stuff this week when I have some spare time.
When I was little we left it up until the weekend after Christmas or two weeks afterwards. Depends on the moods. I usually take it down the weekend before the kids go back to school. So this weekend I'll be taking it down and packing it up yet again. Will be cleaning out the laundry room before putting the box back in there.
Some wait until after Canada (I think it is) has their Christmas. Basically it all depends on the person. I know some that take theirs down the day after Christmas. While the women go shopping, the men take it down.
If you want to learn more about some traditions of the 12th night- twelve days of Christmas/ Epiphany,check out this site. I've heard many, many times of the bean cake (you hide a dried bean in the cake and whomever finds it is king/queen for the day) but have never made one myself. Neat stuff!
I took mine down last night after Joey went to bed. It was well loved before it was dismantled though, we had a fresh douglas fir this year. Joey pulled ornaments off its branches stripping some bare along one side in the process. I'm glad he enjoyed it so thoroughly, it was fun to watch even if I did have to repair a few ornaments and vacum up a small forest.
My choice to take the tree down last night was a bit earlier than is normal for us but to get my furniture back in place it seemed like a good time for us. I would usually leave it up till closer to New Years or just shortly after.
I'm not really superstitious about the practice of when to put up decorations or take them down. I did have a lady I know tell me a few years back that whatever you do on the 1st day of the year you will spend the rest of the year doing that. I hate hearing new superstitions sometimes because sometimes I tend to adopt them. Since that time I have made a point of having my house clean, laundry caught up and the fridge well stocked before the 1st in hopes that I'd spend the year being caught up on chores and able to enjoy the fun stuff more. Hard to say if it works or not clothes and dishes still get dirty so I still wind up cleaning. ;)
We wait until at least New Years Day because it makes the kids happy. Once Jan 2 gets here tho I am ready to get it down. Monday is our garbage day so it will definitely come down this weekend!