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?
(Don't do the tree until June -- it really makes the neighbors look at you funny when you finally take it down! )
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!
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.
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!