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#1 Riotproof

Posted 10 January 2019 - 09:14 AM

Kids are so sad that I’ve said I’m going to pull down Christmas today.

I’m feeling a bit excited about all the space i’ll Claim back.

Have you done it yet?

#2 Crazyone26989

Posted 10 January 2019 - 09:17 AM

My DH is insistent that it all must be down before the new year so yup it's been down a while now. I suppose it's better than my Mum who does it Boxing Day!

#3 cvbn

Posted 10 January 2019 - 09:19 AM

I offered my 9 year old DD $20 to pack up, she did it happily then.

(She did a great job, sorting all the baubles by size, did a much better job than her older siblings did last year)

She even vacuumed!


#4 Riotproof

Posted 10 January 2019 - 09:21 AM

View PostCrazyone26989, on 10 January 2019 - 09:17 AM, said:

My DH is insistent that it all must be down before the new year so yup it's been down a while now. I suppose it's better than my Mum who does it Boxing Day!

It is families like yours that I used as an example to the kids to explain that they are lucky to have them so long, and some people are just weird. Hahaha

#5 MrsT2018

Posted 10 January 2019 - 09:28 AM

I thought it was standard that they get pulled down on Jan 1st?

Don't know where I got that idea - maybe I made it up? Either way, that's what I do.

Growing up we always had real trees so by then they were pretty sad and droopy so no one was upset to pull it all down lol.

#6 Kafkaesque

Posted 10 January 2019 - 09:29 AM

27th it was all gone.

#7 doubledelight

Posted 10 January 2019 - 09:30 AM

I was always raised that Christmas should be pulled down by 31st December so that you can start the New Year fresh.  It's something that we still do.  DD13 pulled it all down for me this year and did an awesome job.

#8 Riotproof

Posted 10 January 2019 - 09:33 AM

What about the 12 days of Christmas though? I have always left it up until after the ephiphany on the 6th. There is an irony that we are non religious.

#9 Feral Grey Mare

Posted 10 January 2019 - 09:35 AM

Always packed mine away on New Years Day but this year everyone had gone home and DS had gone away by the 27th so it all got packed away early.

#10 *Spikey*

Posted 10 January 2019 - 09:35 AM

Always comes down on the 12th night, which is 6 January....

A tradition I've inherited from my Mum, whose birthday is 8 January - so there may be some other motivation in there, lol.

(it came down on the 7th, because DD and I couldn't be bothered to do it on the 6th, lol).

#11 seayork2002

Posted 10 January 2019 - 09:37 AM

What's the point it will all start again soon anyway? (joke!)

We have taken down everything on 05/01 (12th night) (ADDED, I just saw PP's he told me 12th night was the 5th, cheeky sod)

it can't go up till 01/12 and has to be down by 05/01 according to DH, I let him get away with it as he is not allowed to comment when DS and I pack as much colour and and miss matched boldly coloured Christmas items dotted around the place. the more colour the better.

And nothing is allowed to match or be themed.

It is all still sitting in the hall though ready to go down to the garage, November probably by then though...

Edited by seayork2002, 10 January 2019 - 09:38 AM.

#12 Krampus

Posted 10 January 2019 - 09:39 AM

Our house rule is to take it down New year's day... in reality I will hopefully get to it this weekend

#13 Minka1313

Posted 10 January 2019 - 09:42 AM

I took ours down on the 28th when my boys were at daycare. If my oldest had been home there would have been no way I could have packed it away.

I love Christmas but I also love having my lounge room and dinning room back (yep, 2 trees!)

When I was young we had a family friend that left all the Christmas decorations up all year simply because they couldn't be bothered to take them down. After the next Christmas they were packed up and given away on boxing day! Now they only have one tiny tree that is about 20cm and a star that goes in the window. I guess an entire year of Christmas was just overload!

#14 seayork2002

Posted 10 January 2019 - 09:42 AM

View PostRiotproof, on 10 January 2019 - 09:33 AM, said:

What about the 12 days of Christmas though? I have always left it up until after the ephiphany on the 6th. There is an irony that we are non religious.

same but he is English (I let him get away with it, sometimes..because they make good puddings)

I also think it is Orthodox Christmas which I claim as I buy myself double the presents and eat more chocolate eggs at Easter for the Orthodox Easter

#15 4kids mostlysane

Posted 10 January 2019 - 09:59 AM

Took ours down on Sunday which did happen to be the 6th.... was over it a few days earlier but it was just to hot to do it then!!

DS god bless him took down all the outside lights out the front and DD15 and DD8 (less helpful) helped with the tree and other decorations.

We also all have Christmas doona covers (I love Christmas and a few years ago I just decided, stuff it, life is too short I AM going to buy Christmas doona covers!  The DH, despite complaining, quietly enjoys it, or at least puts up with it !!!) so all the beds needed stripping and washing etc.

Thankfully DH and DD12 are away at Scout Jamboree so DH will be none the wiser about the new boxes I bought to fit the new Christmas things in from this year :omg: :rofl:

I am enjoying more space in the lounge room again, and while I have moved my desk back into the loungeroom from it's temporary home in the rumpus room, I haven't moved all the other "stuff" back in so the rumpus room still looks like a disaster area and the lounge room still looks tidy - win-win really !!

#16 blackcat20

Posted 10 January 2019 - 10:02 AM

Took ours down on Jan 1 because I knew I wouldnt have time once worked started back on Jan 2.

#17 just roses

Posted 10 January 2019 - 10:04 AM

I love Christmas and I love putting the tree up on the afternoon of the last day of school (which for us is mid-November). But as much as I love the tree and all the Christmas decorations, I can't wait to have them gone once we get to about the 28th or so. By then, I'm itching to get into the new year and so always have it packed up before the 1st of January.

#18 amdirel

Posted 10 January 2019 - 10:06 AM

Mine is still up. I aim to do it 1st January. I don’t think I ever have though!

#19 raspberry sherbert

Posted 10 January 2019 - 10:10 AM

Mine is still up too. I will do it one day soon

#20 SummerStar

Posted 10 January 2019 - 10:17 AM

Christmas tree goes down on the 27 of December here. I love Christmas but not into the decorations cluttering up the house so it comes down asap. I'd take it down boxing day except we are out the whole day.

Edited by SummerStar, 10 January 2019 - 10:18 AM.

#21 TheXmasSheep

Posted 10 January 2019 - 10:24 AM

I took it down on the 28th as that was when we were all home to help. Done!

I know someone who keeps it up ALL YEAR ROUND. That's just batsh*t crazy, the home was so cluttered and crowded with stuff.

#22 Crazyone26989

Posted 10 January 2019 - 10:30 AM

View PostRiotproof, on 10 January 2019 - 09:33 AM, said:

What about the 12 days of Christmas though? I have always left it up until after the ephiphany on the 6th. There is an irony that we are non religious.

Part of the reason my husband is so insistent about the 31st is that in his culture New Years Day is a big thing - bigger and more important than Xmas! So, I figure it's only fair to let him take it down.

#23 somila

Posted 10 January 2019 - 10:53 AM

We don't put the tree up until mid-late December, and taking it down on Jan 6 or thereabouts seems right.

We have some lights in the yard and a wreath on the door, but otherwise the house isn't too cluttered, especially as we've had time to do some tidying up/charity donating before our Christmas visitors arrive.

For me, there is something therapeutic about the ritual of decorating for Christmas and packing it away in January.

#24 Lucrezia Bauble

Posted 10 January 2019 - 10:59 AM

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#25 Hollycoddle

Posted 10 January 2019 - 11:02 AM

I do mine Boxing Day, except for some generic-looking lights I leave up out the front for New Year's.  This year I wanted to do more lights but didn't get around to it, by mid-December it seems too late.  I have a few of those shaped ones you just hang in a window and plug in, I'm going to go for more of those next year as they're so easy.

Edited by Mollycoddle, 10 January 2019 - 11:03 AM.

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