How Long Should I Leave Up My Christmas Tree?

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How long should I leave up my Christmas tree?

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 can’t get on board with it.

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

(Update as of December 2022: This is our second year with an artificial tree (not pictured here). With the fire hazard of a real tree removed, there is NO LIMIT how long I can leave the tree up! *Laughs mischievously.*)


The answer to the question, “How long should I leave my Christmas tree up?” 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?

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5 responses to “How Long Should I Leave Up My 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!πŸ˜ŠπŸŽ„πŸŽ God bless!

    1. That’s a fun tradition! I love Christmas too! God bless! πŸ™‚

  2. If going by the liturgical calendar, Christmas starts on the 25th of December and goes until Epiphany on the 6th of January, that’s where the 12 days come from! Growing up the 6th was when we took our tree down. πŸ™‚

    1. Yes, exactly! That occurred to me as I was revising this post today. 12 days of Christmas!!!

  3. I’m with you 100% on this topic, Summer! With no concern over dried up fir needles on the carpet, I keep our “looks real, but isn’t” tree decorated until I feel ready to take it down. There is no way I’d be ready to take it down this week since we are still waiting to celebrate Christmas with all our chickadees here at our house!

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