I like to de-Christmas my house right after Christmas. Boxing day if possible. I guess it’s my way of “getting back to normal”. But then, normal is not something I do very well — just ask my husband. Poor choice of words. Perhaps “getting back into routine” would be more appropriate. It seems like I’m not the only one who has this attitude. Below are the results of a facebook poll asking this questions: When do you put the Christmas tree down?
When should you put the Christmas tree down? I say whenever you like. Traditionally, the date the Christmas tree goes up, and down, surrounds the period from Advent to Epiphany. Trees were brought in and decorated on Christmas Eve (24 December) and then removed removed the day after twelfth night (6 January). This tradition does vary according to custom.
Christmas Lights: It’s interesting, when Christmas trees were going up in early December, there was quite a negative conversational buzz around untangling Christmas tree lights. I have had this problem before but no more. This is how I store my Christmas lights:
1. Tape the start of the cord to a piece of cardboard or a shoe box lid.
2. Wind cord completely around.
3. Tape the end of the cord to the cardboard.
I’m sure there is a special light-storing gizmo for sale somewhere but cardboard does the trick for me.
Christmas Decorations: I keep the original boxes for delicate Christmas decorations and I store other miscellaneous decorations in an old shoe box.
Christmas Sales:I buy Christmas paper and tags at the post Christmas sales to use for the next year. I pick up a few new Christmas decorations too.
Christmas Bags: Christmas paper gift bags are easily kept and re-used. Just fold into a flat state and keep in a box or drawer.
Christmas Tree: I can NEVER quite get the jolly tree pack in its box. I just shove it in and try to tape it up the best I can. I may need to invest in a Christmas tree storage bag.
Christmas Napery and Kitchenware:If the item is breakable, I wrap in paper and then everything Christmassy goes into the one big packing box.
The Christmas Box: I keep all my Christmas items in a tea chest size packing box. Since I’ve moved house — like — 100 times, I always have a spare one floating around. You can buy them though, at most real estates and stationery stores.
I’m a Christmas fanatic but when it’s over, it’s over baby. After Christmas, I like to throw myself into getting ready for a New Year! Bring. It. On.
When do you like to pull all the Christmas decorations down?