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  1. #1
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    Default At what point do you un-decorate your home?

    I have some friends that have already stripped their houses of any vestige of holiday decorations. I am leaving my tree and assorted lights up until next weekend, partly because I haven't had a tree for 10 years and I am delighted to have decorated again, and partly because that will be the best time to dedicate to taking it down and cleaning up.

    I was traumatized 10 years ago in a standoff between myself and the ex with a tree that stayed up until June. Yes, it was a real tree, and yes, it stayed green. What needles it had left, that is! Loooong story behind that one!

    So I have waited all this time to reenter the decorating spirit and it got me wondering how and why others decorate and for how long?

    Libby

    (Don't do the tree until June -- it really makes the neighbors look at you funny when you finally take it down! )
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    By the 1st of Jan, usually on the 1st of Jan!



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    Usually I take it down after the 6th, the epiphany. It seems like a good time General winter decorations stay up into March lol
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    New Year's weekend. The tree gets stripped and thrown off the deck, later it gets tossed in the pond. Poor tree but the bream like it



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    Usually the first week of the new year. My sister left her tree up once for 5 months. The mouse moving in to it finally prompted her to get it out of the house.



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    Thought it was bad luck to leave it up longer then 12 days after xmas?
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    Usually I take it down after the 6th, the epiphany.
    Same here.

    Also New Year's Day is a common time to start undecorating the house.

    And that first week after taking down the tree and decorations makes the house look soooo bare.
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    I'm going to be sad to see mine go this year Not enough to keep it up for months, though!

    My mother and several friends worked themselves hard yesterday getting rid of all of it, and that seemed a little sad. Glad to know I'm not the only one waiting until January
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    We also wait until the epiphany.



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    Next weekend. Tree stays up for 3 weeks - 2 weeks before Christmas, and one week after.
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    My preferred set up date is Cyber Monday (Monday after Thanksgiving), with an optimum take down date of Jan 1.

    That said, I didn't put up a single decoration or tree this year- and the parents waited until Dec 20...
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    New Yrs Day.



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    We never have a tree carry over from one year to the next.
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    Depends on the weather. If we get 50 degree weather this weekend, I am riding and driving horses, not packing away ornaments. IF Jr and I can handle it during the first week of January when we go back to school and work respectively. If the weather is crappy, then the decorations can come down sooner!
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    New Year's Day, normally. We once left ours up until mid summer, too, because I kept saying "Everyone, pick a day, and we will take the tree down," and of course they all waited for ME to do it for them. I didn't give in..... Finally, my husband took each teenager aside and offered them $5 to help. This was back when that was a good bit of money for a teen.



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    I un-decorated today. I was planning on waiting until the end of the week, but my ring was frozen and I was bored.

    The weather is supposed to be warmer towards the end of the week, so I figured I would un-decorate today and ride when the weather is nice!
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    As soon as weather allows for outside. Inside new years give or take.
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    I try to get everything back to normal on New Year's weekend. The clutter drives me mad otherwise.

    DD and DH are going to the hockey winter classic (Go CAPS!) this weekend, and DH has taken the week off, so I told them to have the tree down before they leave on Friday, as I am NOT doing it alone. Yes, I'm evil, but I'd be a lot more evil if I had to put all those ornaments away on my own. They all have individual boxes!
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    Shortly after New Year's.
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    I was always told it was bad luck to take it down between Christmas and New Years.



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