What day do you take down Christmas lights?
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My husband is Orthodox so after January 7th.
Funny you should ask … ours just died all by themselves whilst we were out sunning ourselves and drinking wine in the garden (so very hot here!). But traditionally, I take ours down on 5 January, which I'm led to believe is the Twelfth Night and the appropriate time. Aw fuggit, the tree will stay up, sans pretty lights, until then.
Whenever I have time and it is safe. Piles of snow knocking my extension ladder over is Griswold Action I wish to avoid. The tree is done by New Years, I set it aside as a mid-summer's bonfire delight. Nice and explosive around Independence Day!
Within 6 days of NYD
@ Angela – Great story!
I hate putting up decorations so didn't even bother this year. When I was a kid and the 'rents were alive the decorations and tree had to stay up at least until after Three Kings Day (Epiphany).
when the kids go to their dads. th elves come and all the decorations come down. so, sometime between tomorrow and 1/7. i'm ready now. i've been planning the take down.
But my other answer is when people start stealing bulbs around March or so?
I live in a duplex – my neighbor puts them up for us and takes them down.
New Years Day
I'm lit 24/7.
I don't. I just turn them off for the rest of the year.
We put it up December 6th and down January 6th. Catholic traditions, although I'm not catholic, lol
Little Christmas, Jan 6th and put up on the 7th Dec. it's sorta the tradition in Ireland.
I really enjoy Christmas now (since I parted from my ex). I get a real tree now bc there are lots of tree farms in this area that depend on Christmas.
I leave it up until it starts to dry out, usually three weeks or so. I take it out back and cut it up for the fire-pit.
Not until after Ukrainian Christmas. Even then, we usually just unplug them until it thaws. Half of them are frozen in place/under snow. We are on our second year of not taking down lights circling the top of the living room walls. My husband and kids prefer to have those turned on than the ceiling light. Maybe this year I'll take them down…
I love it when people keep their outdoor christmas lights going into January and February, we get such long winters and they are so pretty and cheery to see. People generally don't take them down until Spring though around here, it's too cold and there is way too much snow in the way of a ladder.I have a fake white tree and this time of year is the busiest usually for me work wise so I just put a plastic bag over the entire tree and transport it down to the basement after Little Christmas is over.
There was a lot of talk about putting up lights this year, but no one in my ADD family could actually focus on getting it done, so we have none to take down.
my goal is before Easter.
Robert, your friends and I could have commiserated.
I'll be home in five minutes so that's when my decorations are coming down. Except my cards. Those can stay up through New Years.
I didn't put any up…
We take everything down on the epiphany, which I believe is January 7th. Wifey is a Catholic, so I defer to her traditions if/when she wants them.
Lol…what Christmas lights?
We keep them up until New Year's Eve.
New Year's Day.
Jan 7th, the day after Little Christmas.
Most decorations come down New Year's Eve for me. I may leave a strand or two of indoor lights up a bit longer just because I enjoy them, but all outdoor lights and all other decorations come down NYE day.
You mean you're supposed to take 'em down?
We don't have a tree or decorations inside the house.
Our outside lights stay up until the last day of the National Western Stock show. It's a tradition (not one we made up).
I think I'm going to do it tomorrow
OMG Angela, that's hilarious.
I might take them down this weekend or I might not.
Usually the weekend after New Year's. I might start taking some of it down this weekend though. Just kind of depends on my mood.
I will take down all my inside decorations and tree next weekend -hubby likes to be as close to Epiphany as possible; and I must admit it that I'm from Northern Vermont and have no problems leaving the outside house lights up all year long! We just plug them in after Thanksgiving. I do have Santa and the reindeer come in but the lights outlining the house? Year round baby! Don't judge me please…
Lol @jj I got 2 kittens a month ago! First I said no tinsel, then as I learned I'm supposed to start the kittens in a small room, then slowly introduce them to the rest of the house, I was lucky and the room happens to be my upstairs, with the tree and decorations downstairs. After all the decorations r gone then the kitties can go downstairs. Are u havig trouble keeping urs from clawing furniture? My last cat was declawed (not by me) and old and mellow so im kinda shocked at how much more work kittens are!
Mine usually stay up long past new years but everything has been taken down already.
We have a new kitten who has been hell on the tree and decorations and I actually considered taking them down before the 25th. Next year she will hopefully be more mellow.
wELL IT'S ALWAYS BEEN THE WEEKEND AFTER nEW YEARS BUT nOW SINCE @jAZZY'S GMOM SAYS THAT i MAY DO IT nEW yEARS EVE. (oops sorry for caps -at work-too lazy to retype) it was kind of a crappy year and I don't need to drag any of that shiznit into 2013 with me.
Men and colds!!!!! They can get a spear in the eye and not complain anywhere near as much as when they have a cold!!!! Lol
Didn't put them up this year. Didn't decorate at all. Normally, tho', New Years eve (day).
Week after New Year's. It's really depressing to undecorate, though, so I leave a small string of white lights up in my living room through February. Just brightens up some depressing months.
@Angela, that's awesome! 🙂
I took the tree down yesterday, kitty was having too much fun climbing to the middle and chasing her tail. I'll probably take the outside lights down this weekend.
As a kid, I had a friend whose parents left the Christmas lights on the house all year long and only plugged them in during the holidays. Strange to see that in the middle of summer!I also had a father-in-law who would bag the tree–lights, decorations, tinsel and all–and carry it up to the attic, then bring it back down and unveil it again every holiday. (A fake tree, obviously…)
After Orthodox Christmas, usually the last of the holidays of the season…. My B Day too.
Epiphany (Jan 6)
Thanks guys, we still get a kick out of it & they've been together for 45 years so the Christmas"episode" didn't do lasting harm.
By lights do u mean all decorations? If I get a concolar fir which smells like beautiful oranges and pine, I leave it as long as I can bc it smells so good. This year I had to get a small generic tree so it's going to the curb any day now. I didn't even get it an entire week before Xmas 🙁
My tree is fake (and it lies too) so will be coming down whenever i feel like it next week. The lights and decorations will come down then too.
Will miss this time of yeat. 🙁
Before new years day. My grandmother always said it was bad luck to take the old into the new year. My mom kept the tradition and so do I.
I took mine down yesterday. But then I have a disco ball in my living room that I use every day so it's always sparkly in here.
A few days after New Years, typically a weekend. The tree also comes down. I put up my decorations kind of late this year so I'm sad to take everything down =(