Some years, if the tree stays up long enough it can just become a Mardi Gras tree.
The yard decorations would have come down today but I had somewhere to go. They’ll probably be up until the weekend, but if I’m being honest only about half of them made it up in the first place this year.
One year we put up strings of white LED lights around the front and back doorways (inside and out), and they looked so nice and made such handy night lights we left them up for three years until we moved.
My lights stay lit on New Years Eve. The people that cut my lawn will probably do it on that day, so I’ll at least pull the stuff out of the lawn on Sunday. I’ll leave the lights along the roofline. Makes me sad to take it down.
I don’t know why, but we almost always have our tree & decorations up through the end of January. It’s pretty & since it’s deep into Winter, it’s kind of nice to set a celebratory mood with the too long nights. There is at least 3 real trees that I can see from my home on the boulevard in front of some of my neighbors this morning already, which is way too soon in my book!
@macromeh to me takedown and packing are normal life. I don’t let it intrude on a holiday off; we’re still celebrating even if New year is more just a day off than a holiday for us. Epiphany, though the outside lights go back on an evening only timer after the twelfth day of Christmas.
until the superbowl. i don’t get the tree until a week before or the week of christmas, and winter is long and gray and boring in boston once xmas is over so i like to enjoy it. makes things cozy and bright. i like when people leave their xmas lights outside for awhile too. (not all kinds of deco, just lights.)
however this year the trees were slim pickins and ours is not drinking as much water as i would like it to for the amount of time we’ve had it, so it may have to come down earlier this year. i won’t keep a tree that’s a fire hazard and dropping lots of needles, but if it’s still nice and green and lush, yeah, superbowl.
@jerk_nugget I have white icicle lights on my fence line and porch, and old fashioned big bulb lights on my carport year round which I light in the evenings. Plus some solar lighting which stays on all night at a low light level. Pretty to look at and improves security when I take the dogs out for pee breaks in the evening and at 3am.
@moondrake love it! when i lived in an apartment with a porch, i would always have some lights out there, usually changed them for the season or just warm white. alas, no outdoor space here, tho i keep tiny warm white string lights up around the perimeter of our living room year round. i love the old style colored bulbs as well, i actually have a few strands of the actual old ones on our tree that were my grandmother’s. (she’s still around but doesn’t do a tree anymore.) bought a whole lot of replacement bulbs from a nice guy on ebay last year so now they’re looking particularly nice and i have some to spare (some were getting a bit blinding because the colored coating had worn.)