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#26 Riotproof

Posted 10 January 2019 - 11:02 AM

View PostCrazyone26989, on 10 January 2019 - 10:30 AM, said:

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.

If he’s prepared to do all the work, I’d let him too.

Mine looks on with an air of “I didn’t put it up, so I won’t help take it down”.

#27 Rowenas Necklace

Posted 10 January 2019 - 11:05 AM

If ours comes down before February we're doing well. I think we'll take it all down this weekend. Although last year about October I realised we still had some tinsel around the posts in the backyard and across some paintings in the dining room... apparently I have a really good ability to get used to things to the point where I don't see them anymore.

#28 Mooples

Posted 10 January 2019 - 11:07 AM

Ours came down sometime between Boxing Day and New Years. I can’t remember which day exactly but no way dh would still want it up now, he’s an absolute grinch!

#29 EmmDasher

Posted 10 January 2019 - 11:08 AM

Tree and decorations are down once our last Christmas gathering is done. This year that was the 27th. Space is precious and the kids are always onboard with reclaiming the space to accommodate their new peesents.

#30 Mmmcheese

Posted 10 January 2019 - 11:10 AM

View PostWeavile, on 10 January 2019 - 09:39 AM, said:

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

This is me too. I did get the christmas tree out by about the 7th, but the christmas decorations are still sitting around because I was going to 'konmari' them, so maybe by March they'll make it back to their cupboard :lol:

#31 ~LemonMyrtle~

Posted 10 January 2019 - 11:11 AM

Every year come Boxing Day I want it gone! It usually happens the weekend after Christmas. Whenever that is. This year it came down on the 6th.

I love Christmas and I’m happy to start early, even in November. But once it’s over I can’t stant the clutter and it all has to go away.

Happy to eat Christmas pudding and custard all year though, and whatever other gingerbreads and cookies that are left over. Hot crossed buns for breakfast, pudding for dessert! Yum!

#32 Ferelsmegz

Posted 10 January 2019 - 11:44 AM

I always say it needs to be down before my DS's bday (03/01) its still up... it'll come down this weekend

Edited by Ferelsmegz, 10 January 2019 - 11:44 AM.

#33 Riotproof

Posted 10 January 2019 - 11:45 AM

View PostFerelsmegz, on 10 January 2019 - 11:44 AM, said:

I always say it needs to be down before my DS's bday (03/01) its still up... it'll come down this weekend

Dd’s Birthday is around that time. If it ever bothers her, we will start taking it down prior.

#34 annodam

Posted 10 January 2019 - 12:00 PM

Mine's still up but were away until after AU Day.
Eventually by the time I get my act together, with back to school & what not etc., it's Easter before I get a chance.

#35 Mose

Posted 10 January 2019 - 12:06 PM

Ours is down as close to twelfth night as possible.

Unless I have given birth in the preceding 6 weeks.  In that case all bets are off, and both times a friend has done it for me when they have asked how they can help and I have looked disconsolately at the tree still sitting there.

#36 Expelliarmus

Posted 10 January 2019 - 12:44 PM

DD2's birthday is 15/12 and mine is 31/12. I love Christmas too much for birthdays to factor into when we have decorations up.

I'm usually more organised and it's down before school goes back by the end of term 1. Even the second year we had a real tree you can see it all brown, sitting in the backyard in the pictures of the new blinds ... which were installed in July ...

That said, I called the Christmas Tree people to collect our real tree from the verge and they are coming this Sunday so I need to take that one down by then. WIth any luck I will find the motivation to do the front room tree as well!

Last year the Games Room tree was still in pieces on the floor in October before DH finally went and purchased some boxes to pack it into. I didn't put it up this year because I knew it would happen again. If my darling children would help me pack them up perhaps I'd be more willing! DD1 asked where the Games Room tree was - on Christmas Eve. I was like, "Dude, No energy."

One year, must have been around six years ago the tree was still up at Easter and when I cackled and said I'd take pictures of the Egg Hunt with the Christmas tree in the background, and post it on Facebook, DD1 (who was probably about 13/14) flipped and finally took it down.

TL;DR We're I'm doing it in the next day or so.

#37 seayork2002

Posted 10 January 2019 - 12:51 PM

I kinda like our routine, as put in a PP, up on the 01/12 (ish) down 5/6 of Jan, it gives us 5 ish weeks of it which IMO is just enough time to make the effort worth it and not too much that I get bored of it.

And I slip a few more decorations I find out and about just before Christmas Day on.

I like the of Chrtisatmas all year in theory but then if i had that i would not get excited about it.

Mind you the winters I had in the UK where it is cold and grey and you don't see the sun for a few weeks (some Christmas's not all!) I wanted it gone Boxing Day.

Here it is warm/hot and bright so I like the extra week or so.

#38 Bethlehem Babe

Posted 10 January 2019 - 12:53 PM

View PostLucrezia Borgia, on 10 January 2019 - 10:59 AM, said:

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I cannot abide the whole “Christmas is clutter” bring it down asap killjoys.

#39 MGB

Posted 10 January 2019 - 01:01 PM

I take ours down the 26th.

I love Christmas, but I need my lounge room back.

#40 cardamom

Posted 10 January 2019 - 01:03 PM

Oh goodness no. It was always down by Jan 1st when I was a kid - the tree just looked too forlorn sitting there with no presents under it!

I don't know why, Christmas stuff still being around in January makes me feel blue.

Irrelevant for me really though, I don't have a tree/decorations at my place. Combination of not enough room, too tempting for cat shenanigans, a Christmas-apathetic DP - plus I don't think my rabbi would approve!

The Chanukah menorah was put away on time though ;)

ETA - that being said, I do enjoy seeing Christmas lights still twinkling, so I'm not 100% Grinch.

Edited by cardamom, 10 January 2019 - 01:06 PM.

#41 Expelliarmus

Posted 10 January 2019 - 02:05 PM

My cats did not attack any of the trees this year.

It's like the Twilight Zone.

#42 Riotproof

Posted 10 January 2019 - 02:17 PM

My kids turn the Christmas tree lights on every day, they don’t even wait until night time.

I’m still procrastinating. I did take their stockings out of their rooms. Which they haven’t noticed yet.

#43 Flaxen

Posted 10 January 2019 - 02:26 PM

We took ours down on the 30th. I started but my 7yo finished packing it away for me, did a good job too, no incentive required!
All done while toddler had her nap, as it would have taken 3 days to pack away if she was helping.

And then it took 8 days for it all to get put back in the roof by DH.

#44 kimasa

Posted 10 January 2019 - 02:52 PM

All done here. I've been chipping away at it since new years.

Edited by kimasa, 10 January 2019 - 02:52 PM.

#45 No Drama Please

Posted 10 January 2019 - 03:09 PM

View PostRiotproof, on 10 January 2019 - 02:17 PM, said:

My kids turn the Christmas tree lights on every day, they don’t even wait until night time.
Haha I’m like your kids. I love the lights, that’s why I leave it up forever. I did buy myself a light up fish tank though so hopefully that will help my addiction to things-that-light-up-that-aren’t-lights.

#46 Ruf~Feral~es

Posted 10 January 2019 - 03:21 PM

I aim for the first weekend after New Years, as New Years Day is either a 'rest' day, or beach/bbq/socialising, depending on the state of our heads.

I generally find though, that if I leave it long enough DH will get sick of it and do it for me........ so that is my secondary aim.

#47 Kalanchoe

Posted 10 January 2019 - 03:33 PM

I took the tree & decorations down the day before New Years Eve. I usually do it on Boxing Day but I was feeling lazy & kept putting it off.

I was really dreading it but once I got started, it was all done much faster than I had thought. My tiny living room looks so much bigger now!

#48 rowd

Posted 10 January 2019 - 03:38 PM

We usually go away after Christmas so I always pack everything away before we go - 26th or 27th. I used to love Christmas and even still I wouldn't want stuff up more than a couple days afterwards.

#49 Pooks Combusted

Posted 10 January 2019 - 04:39 PM

It’s such a depressing chore for me. I love Christmas. The decorations are down, the tree is still there and it’s a sh*t of a job.

I know I’m getting old because it doesn’t seem that long ago I did it last.

#50 mivimummy

Posted 10 January 2019 - 05:02 PM

Always the 6th of January here!! Never earlier. Sometimes a day or two later than that but it’s still Christmas until then as far as I’m concerned

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