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It’s National Take Down the Christmas Tree Day!

You don’t have to answer that question but I have a feeling I know who few who have already removed any trace of the holidays from their home. 


Once again, I was roaming around Cyberville and learned that this was Take Down the Christmas Tree Day. Who knew?! 


Some choose January 6 because it is the end of the Christmas Season…the twelfth day after Christmas. 


When I worked in an office 5 days a week, I tried taking everything down on January 1 while I still had the time. Now, it comes down when I'm ready for it to come down. 


We’ve had to push back our holidays this year because of illnesses so our decorations will remain up through this weekend. 


Whenever you plan on removing all of your decorations, here are a few tips to help you when next year rolls around.



~Pack By Area

Try to keep decorations for each area in a separate box. If you can, place a list inside the box noting what is inside.

~Pack So Things Don’t Jiggle

Just as when you pack when you’re moving, make sure you fill in spaces in your box of decorations with towels or paper to prevent your items from breaking. 


~Don’t Pack What You No Longer Use or Want

Many of us have treasured ornaments that hold a special meaning for us…a decoration given to us by a loved one for example. Those we keep forever. 

 However, if you have ornaments or decorations that you pass over each year, consider giving them to a young family member or friend who is just starting out.

Or if not, donate them!


~Remove Batteries 

It’s always a good idea to remove the batteries from anything if you will not be using it for a period of time. Remove them and store them for next Christmas or find another use for them.

As much as I love Christmas decorations, I’m ready to have things back to normal. I may keep out a few of the battery-operated lights and candles, though.  

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Comments (37)

George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathy we just had a small tree, and it came down last Saturday along with the other decorations.

Jan 06, 2022 02:31 PM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

We need to just call trees Jan 6 rioters. We know at least half of them will be taken

Jan 06, 2022 02:33 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Hi Kathy Streib ,

I love putting up my tree, decorating the house, adding wreaths and lights outside and I hate to take them down. It's always a little sad for me. Especially this year as I had a really joyous season this year but I take down everything while our weather was nice over the week-end. Now the gloom of removing it has lifted, it's cold and I'm glad I have everything put away (except for a small tree in my home office- not ready to take it down yet)!

Jan 06, 2022 04:53 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Norma J. Elkins that sounds like such a fun idea!!! Was it an artificial tree???  Would love to see a photo of one of the seasonal trees!!!

Michael Jacobs What I remember is that we took down our tree on New Year's Day.  Our neighbor took down his outdoor lights yesterday and I miss seeing them. 

Jan 06, 2022 05:52 PM
Norma J. Elkins

Kathy Streib is it was artificial and I wish I had taken pictures, it really was fun.

Jan 07, 2022 06:18 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Wayne Martin smart move on your part!!!!   That way everyone is happy. 

Nina Hollander, Broker I knew that all of your decorations would be put away...except for the one tree!!!  I would have put mine up but we had to push back our Christmas with the kids because of illness. 

Jan 06, 2022 05:59 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate Brokered by Real - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Ours is still up but it was very minimal this year, with a touch of imagination, Kathy!


Jan 06, 2022 06:01 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Brenda Mayette I enjoy getting the decorations out and up but taking everything down...ugh!!!  Congrats to you for still having a real tree. 

Grant Schneider Our neighbor across the street turned his outdoor lights off yesterday. I miss seeing the lights when I look out. Enjoy FL. 

Jan 06, 2022 06:02 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

I agree Roy Kelley I'm very glad that we no longer have a real tree. 

Beth Atalay good for you!!!! Enjoy it...isn't that what it's for!!!

Jan 06, 2022 06:04 PM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Yes ma'am, my tree is still up - but at least I unplugged it yesterday

Jan 06, 2022 06:04 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Joan Cox  Our tree is a tabletop so I carry the whole thing upstairs and it goes in a closet!!! 

Ron and Alexandra Seigel I'm learning!!!!!  Our wreath came down as well and the ornaments are off. My family comes over this weekend so the children can have their gifts (family was ill) so I've kept the decorations up.

Jan 06, 2022 06:06 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Sharon Tara what I've ended up doing is having small lights around the house. And I love the battery operated candles. 

Bob "RealMan" Timm same here...after the family leaves, I'll start packing the decorations up. 

Jan 06, 2022 06:09 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Will Hamm  one of the perks of being gone for the holidays!!!

Carol Williams I love Nutcrackers as well. It's been so warm here that Larry took the wreath down on Tuesday. 

Jan 06, 2022 06:11 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD I feel the same way. I will still have some string lights in certain areas. I love the festive look. 

Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker I feel much the same. I have some projects I want to tackle but can't until everything is in order. 

Jan 06, 2022 06:13 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Tammy Lankford, so good to see you!!! And yes, remove those batteries.  I don't think I could handle putting up decorations in an office as well as my home. 

George Souto this year I refrained from going to the after-Christmas sales for more Christmas decorations!!!

Jan 06, 2022 06:15 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty What no Christmas decorations???


Dorie Dillard Austin TX I never checked the weather when we lived in FL but now I wanted to make sure we'd still have warm weather. I didn't put much outside though. It's turning cold again here. 

Jan 06, 2022 06:17 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Ours is gone till next year Kathy. Now I am still practicing writing 2022 🙃

Jan 06, 2022 06:52 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I'm definitely in that mode and I definitely know a lot of people that are as well. ;

Jan 06, 2022 08:49 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Diane has been on my case for the last three days and it is less painful to take them down than listen to the abuse:)) yes I took the lights down the front of the house yesterday... now with that said I reported to her as I walked Holly in our neighborhood there were still 23 homes with decoration and lights on as of yesterday:)) Endre

Jan 06, 2022 10:27 PM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Well, truth be told, I never put one up, haha.  Being that I don't have people over to my home much, I don't really decorate for Christmas or any other holiday for that matter.

Jan 07, 2022 04:31 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Kathy:

January 6 was Epiphany, the traditional time my wife and her family disassembled the tree. We haven't quite followed that tradition and took our down at the beginning of the week so we could recycle it. It HAS been a year of evaluating all the Christmas stuff we have, repacking, and setting aside some things to donate and give to family.


Jan 08, 2022 07:30 PM