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When Should You Take Your Christmas Tree Down*

Reblogger Dennis Neal
Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX, Big Bear DRE#01311686
Original content by Lise Howe DC AB15253

* or perhaps I should be asking "How long can you leave your tree up?"  

I've noticed on Facebook recently that some people leave their trees up year round. (I don't think these are real trees or even living trees with their roots in a pot!)  These people just take the Christmas decorations off sometime in January and decorate with hearts in February, shamrocks and leprachauns in March, and bunnies and eggs in April.  I guess May and July get flags and I have no idea what they do in June!  Other people I know just leave the tree up year round but hide it behind a screen - a very tall screen!

However, for the rest of us, the question arises - When Should You Take Down Your Christmas Tree?  

The ansswer to that varies from family to family.  Some people take their trees down quickly while others leave them up well into January.  Since I frequently didn't get the tree up until very close to Christmas, I tended to leave my tree up longer after Christmas to make up for the late start- but I always tried to get the tree out on the street for the mulch collection. 

According to religious tradition, there is actually an answer to this burning question: Christmas trees should stay up until Epiphany. Happily, while there is in fact a precise answer to this eternal question- you don't have to follow it - After all, we are adults here!  (At least I think I am!)

While you may not celebrate Epiphany with Catholics, Anglicans, and Orthodox churches, you've been introduced to Epiphany whether you know it or not. The idea of the "Twelve Days of Christmas" (and the song) is actually based on the twelve-day stretch between Christmas Day and January 6th.

This early January date, according to some religious traditions, marks the arrival of the Magi to meet the baby Jesus. In fact, for some members of these faiths, it's only appropriate to wish someone, "Merry Christmas!" between Christmas Day and Epiphany, since the birth of Jesus marks the beginning of the Christmas season, rather than the end.

As such, traditionalists maintain that keeping your tree up until January 6th properly honors each day of the Christmas season!

When do you take down your tree (if you put one up)? 

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Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
The Grit and Gratitude Agent

Good reminder of history. I usually take ours down on a weekend. This year it will be the weekend following January 1, 2024.

Dec 30, 2023 09:12 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Dennis Neal traditionally for my family the Christmas Tree comes down this weekend.

Dec 30, 2023 09:45 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Well worthy of a re-blog. In our house all the decorations will come down after the Epiphany, which is also the Feast of the 3 Kings, when the 3 wisemen reached Bethlehem.

Dec 30, 2023 11:09 AM
John Pusa
Glendale, CA

Hello Dennis Neal in my home Christmas Tree must stay until January 6th then take the tree down on January 7th or 8th.

Dec 30, 2023 09:25 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Thank you for the reposing - I am going to take mine down around the 7th - it is nice to have a reason to take the tree down - otherwise I would drift! 

Jan 02, 2024 07:25 AM
Dennis Neal
RE/MAX, Big Bear - Big Bear Lake, CA
Your Home Sold in 21 Days or We Sell It For Free

Thank you all for your comments. We're still enjoying our tree and it will come down this coming weekend. Happy New Year to everyone.

Jan 02, 2024 07:31 AM