How Long is it Appropriate to Leave Up Your Christmas Tree?

This is a question I’ve seen circulating on social media, and something I wonder about every year.

Some type A folks take down their tree on December 26th without fail. To me, that is too soon. It actually stings a little to think about it.

Others leave it up for New Year’s, then promptly remove it on January 2nd. Good on them for being so efficient.

I always aim to take mine down the weekend after New Year’s. It rarely happens.

To provide excruciating sentimentality to the mix, I wrestle with this dilemma…

… taking down our tree is like giving up on the joy, cheer, and delight of the Christmas season.

… We wait all year for Christmas. Having the tree up for only 2-3 weeks just isn’t enough!

… In the Pacific Northwest, November – March is pretty dreary weather. Breaking that up is the “holiday season.” After January 1st, we have nothing but cold and rain to look forward to … for MONTHS. Taking down the tree is an acknowledgment that you accept the fact that WINTER IS HERE. It feels like admitting defeat.

I understand the mindset of the December 26th crowd, but I just can’t get on board with it.

As of January 11, 2020, our tree is still up, and I am enjoying its beauty as I write this.

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The answer to the question, “How Long is it Appropriate to Leave Up Your Christmas Tree?” comes down to this: as long as you want.

Since I didn’t get around to taking it down last weekend as I intended, I am now engaging in the “peel the band-aid off slowly or tear it off?” debate, Christmas tree style.

Judge me if you want. I’ll just scoff while I sit down on the couch with a tasty beverage and watch some Netflix … with my lovely tree as the backdrop.

When do you take your Christmas tree down?

About Summer Sorensen

My aim: to live out Jesus' greatest commands (Matthew 22:36-40) & have the most fun while doing it.
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2 Responses to How Long is it Appropriate to Leave Up Your Christmas Tree?

  1. I agree, keep your tree up as long as you want. We usually take it down the next day and then I take the Christmas lights off the house on January 1st. The kids always like coming with me to drop the tree off for recycling. I love Christmas!😊🎄🎁 God bless!

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