Ask the Readers: When Do You Take Down Your Holiday Decorations?

By Ashley Jacobs on 30 December 2014 74 comments

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The holiday season is coming to a close, and it's time to take down the Christmas tree, put away the menorah, and unstring the twinkling lights from your roof...or is it?

When do you take down your holiday decorations? Do you have a designated date every year, or just whenever you feel like it? How late do you think holiday decor can stay up before they're out of season?

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A.L.S.

I do not have a set date when I take down my Christmas tree but it is usually on January 1st or the weekend after. This year I will be taking it down on 1st.
A lot of my "holiday decor" is really "winter decor" that way I can leave it up. I only put the holiday specific decorations (Santas, Lights, etc.) away after the holidays but I will leave up the wreath on the door and the snowmen decorations until at least March (winter is long in the Dakotas).

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mollie

Jan 7 - after epiphany (the 12th day of Christmas)

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Tina in NJ

We take down the indoor decorations about the first or second weekend of the new year. The outdoor stuff waits until we have some free time and the weather is cooperating, although we stop turning the lights on at night about when the indoor decorations get put away.

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Guest

My boyfriend and I celebrate Christmas after Christmas due to both of us being with our respective families at the holidays. That being said, we usually celebrate on New Years day, just because I am off of work for a day. Also, he helps me take the decorations down, so really, it is almost up until the last day he is visiting me (we are long distance), so there isn't a set day, but it is usually sometime the first week of January.

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Julie Wood

I take my Holiday decorations down on Jan 1st! I love having my tree and decorations up until then!

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Gina

I take my decorations down on New Year's Day. I like to feel festive through New Year's Eve and then start the new year fresh.

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Suz_Glo

I like to have the Christmas tree and all decorations down by Dec. 31 so I can celebrate the New Year with a fresh, clean slate. (I may not have them organized and put away yet but they are all collected in one spot in the house!) It's a big job so I understand that many people put it off into January but I could not stand that!

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Elena

I take down the decorations a few days after New Year

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Nicole

I always take down my decor as quickly as possible after the holiday so it can be as soon as the day after if I have the time. Since Christmas seems to begin sometime in September at retailers, I am over it once it's officially over. On top of that, my birthday is in early January so I don't like "sharing" it with the holiday. ;)

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Selene Montgomery

I would put up Christmas decorations two weeks before Christmas and take them down around Jan. 6th.

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Ernest S.

My family celebrates a second Christmas on January 5th, so I wait until the weekend following to take down all the decorations. It always seems to pass by so quickly!

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We take the decorations down on New Year's Day.

I don't worry about being unfashionable but our town picks up and composts Christmas trees. If I let it go too long, I know I'm just adding to the burden of our public works department.

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Jennifer

New Years Day

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DT

I wait until the day after my birthday (January 11th) so I can keep it festive to celebrate.

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Finsbury Lane

We don’t decorate until a week or two before Christmas, so the stuff stays up at least until Epiphany, January 6.

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Guest

Christmas decorations are beautiful and inspiring. I am going to take the tree and the rest of the indoor decor down sometime in January. But I may leave up one small strand of indoor lights until Valentine's Day because they are so pretty!

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Monica

I take our decorations down the day after Christmas or as soon as I can. I like my house looking clean as soon as I can.

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Jen

All holiday decorations are removed promptly on January 2.

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Dee K

I actually took it all down today, Dec 30th. I do not have a particular set day for it, but in truth I don't have many decorations. I have about 5 or 6 decorations I set out on the shelves as well as a small pre-lit fake tree. Took me about 5 min to re-pack for next year. Consider it DONE!

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In January, to celebrate Russian Christmas.

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Betty

I would have taken them down on the 26th, but I had company coming on the 27th. As soon as they left, I put everything away. I decorate Thanksgiving weekend, so I'm tired of them by then. Happy New Year!

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Savannah

This year, because I put my decorations up on Christmas Eve, I'm gonna leave them up till around Groundhog Day. Next year, though, I want to put them up earlier and take them down mid-January.

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Savannah

This year, because I put my decorations up on Christmas Eve, I'm gonna leave them up till around Groundhog Day. Next year, though, I want to put them up earlier and take them down mid-January.

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Mami2jcn

I took down decorations on the 26th but only because we're moving soon. I usually wait until New Year's.

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Happy Love

After epiphany, usually the second weekend in January.

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Susan D.

The earliest I take down the decorations is after Twelfth Night, so not before January 6. Of course I'm an old fogey and don't decorate until right before Christmas.

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Denise L

I always keep mine up way too long. At least until mid-January. I hate saying goodbye to the Holiday season and really need the light amongst the winter darkness.

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Liz

I'm going to take them down this weekend

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Rebecca B. A. R.

Usually I take them down on or after January 1st, but this year I started early, on December 29th.

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Betsy Barnes

We don't have a particular date to date down our decorations. Usually, it's a day or two after New Years :)

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Betsy Barnes

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Celebrin

After trying to throw Christmas parties and having people not be able to come due to other engagements, we moved our Christmas party to the Saturday before Martin Luther King day. We call it "Our Tree Is Still Up" Party. We have a great time and then take the tree down.

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Beth

We're big into celebrating all 12 days of Christmas, so we take most of them down after the 12th day of Christmas (Jan. 6), but we might just leave a nativity up and candles in the windows until Feb. 2, a feast in the Catholic Church called Candlemas.

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Kim D

Although I'd love to keep holiday decorations up as long as possible, they are out by January 1st. New year = a fresh start and a clean house!

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summer

Weekend after new years!

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Naomi

I take my decorations down on January 1st.

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tricia

I take the decorations down as soon as I get my first chance after New Years Day. Thanks for the chance to win this!

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Jennifer G

We take down the decorations around the 30th because our son's birthday is the 3rd, so it's important to us to make sure he feels like we're focused on him on that day!

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lisa

I take down all holiday items as soon as I have a day off. So it could be the day after or a couple of days after Christmas. One year, our wreath froze to our door from the snow freezing it up. It was up until Easter! When I asked my husband when we would be able to take it down, he said it can stay up there forever since it's "Christmas every day at our house!" Very funny.

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KelR1

I don't put up many decorations to begin with, usually just stockings, but I take them out late Christmas Day night or the next morning. When it's over, it's over, baby! lol

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Laura J

We take ours down about mid January! The outside lights...will stay up...but not turned on....until around April when its no longer freezing temps!

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Barbara Charlebois

We take ours down the closest weekend after New Years.

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Guest

I take down my decorations on January 6.

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Lara Anderson

I like to take down my Christmas decorations a few days after Christmas but always before New Year's to create a "clean slate" for the year ahead. We don't have outside lights so it's just the inside of the house to "de Christmas".

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cgille

Sometimes not until early February.

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Judy

We don't usually have a set date, but we tend to take our Christmas Decorations down towards the end of winter, around the end of January.

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Louly

I don't mean to be lame, but I take them down the day after Christmas. The reason being is that I have the day off, and that's usually the day spent cleaning up the disaster that I made in the house the night before!

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Donna Sako

I usually take mine down New Year Day to get a fresh start.

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Rose Marie

My family always left the Christmas decorations in the house up until the 2nd or 3rd week in January. On my own, I have left them up till the end of January, and have accidentally left items up all year long, because I simply missed them when putting everything away. There have been years when I put up so many decorations it was hard to be sure I got them all when taking them down! My outdoor lawn ornaments, the old fashioned blow-mold decorations, usually get put away in early February. A couple of years ago, we had one snow storm after another, and I literally couldn't put the blow molds away until early March. I leave the light strings along the rain gutters up all year, as I have become disabled and it's just too hard for me to put them up and take them down each year anymore. So, my answer is a combination - depending on what it is and where it is, I take them down in late January, early February, and not at all!

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Karen L

I usually have all decorations down within 2 weeks

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Stacie

Usually right after the first of the year...or earlier if I can get help:)

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Guest

Our family waits the full 12 days of the Christmas Season to take down decorations. Christmas is not a one-day celebration but an attitude and joy to celebrate all year.

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Elle

I take them down usually Mid Jan.

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Emily

Just took them down today. It made me kind of sad.

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Liisa

The day after Christmas. I love the season but am really sick of it by the 26th. This used to be compounded by my profession as a piano teacher of 45 kids with holiday recitals... we started "Jingle Bells" mid-October. :/

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Susan P.

I like to leave my holiday decorations up as long as possible, so usually take them down well into January.

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Mary W

When we take down decorations depends on the weather and our schedules. This year we were done early and got them down by 12/31. Not 100% put away yet but getting there.

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Peach

I'll take the tree and decorations down in the next few days, but that's just for this year. I love the spirit of Christmas, and each year I decide when I'm ready to pack everything away. The year my mother passed, I kept the tree up for months. It was soothing to me to have Christmas for that long.

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Matt

Usually sometime a week or two after Christmas

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Megan J

I usually leave mine up until the new year. Sometimes I take them down New Year's Day, but they're always down within a few days after that.

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Christina G

My family takes down our decorations New Years Day.

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tom

We take ours down on January 2nd.

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Patricia Caradonna

I take down the decorations throughout the house the day after Christmas. I leave the tree and nativity scene up until Three Kings Day!

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An G

I take mine down 2nd weekend in Jan.

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Maura

This year I took them down two days after because the weather was mild and made it easier. Otherwise, I usually wait until after New Years.

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Joyce

They came down the day after Christmas.

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BRB

Whenever I can be bothered or the tree dries out to the extent that it is dropping all of its needles all over the place.

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J. Pario

Usually after January 6, Epiphany or the visit of the Magi. The Twelve Days of Christmas are traditionally the 12 days after Christmas, not before. (They were also when Shakespeare's company performed plays at court for Queen Elizabeth and King James. A little trivia!)

Happy New Year, everyone!

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Iricris

I wiil take the. Decoration down after the 12 days of Christmas have passed.

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Lynda

a week after new year's

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Amanda Sakovitz

i usually don't take mine down until the second week in january

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anna pry

i usually take them down the first week of January

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Susan Smith

I take my decorations down on New Year's Day.

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Jeanine

We take our tree down two weeks after New Years Day