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Why I Take Down My Tree The Day After Christmas

I love Christmas. It’s happy and beautiful and festive. But what I really love is getting my house back after the holidays are over. I love the clean, open feeling when I take down all the decorations. It’s like a new beginning for a new year. 

The first year my husband and I were together, I went to take the tree down on the 26th and he freaked out. He’s catholic, you see, and believes in keeping the decorations up until after the new year. (It’s called Epiphany.)

I had no idea. I thought this was just procrastination. He insisted we keep them up and I wasn’t about to die on that hill so I made a compromise. 

“Sounds good,” I said to him, “But getting these decorations down after New Years is your responsibility. I hit the ground running with my blog and spend all my free time focused on that. It’s how I get a jump start on the year.” 

He agreed. And that year we celebrated Christmas until just after St. Patrick’s Day. 

So, the next year, when I went to pull down the tree on the 26th, he didn’t say anything. And now my house is nice and clean, my big open areas feel open again, and I’m ready to start the new year. 

Who’s with me? 

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When Should You Take Down Your Christmas Tree? - House Digest »

Monday 19th of December 2022

[…] December 26 rolls round with the intention to return a way of normalcy and openness to the house. Totally the Bomb says deconstructing the tree the day after Christmas doesn’t make you a Grinch, it simply […]


Saturday 26th of December 2020

We always "de Christmas" the house on New Years Day. Everything comes down, house is cleaned up and ready for a fresh new year. (everything that is except for the two nativity's) One is on a shelf in the living room and the other is on my grandmothers vintage sewing machine in the dining room. They come down on Dec 7.


Thursday 26th of December 2019

We take it down on the 26th because it's my son's birthday and I want him to know his birthday is not to be overshadowed by Christmas. I would take it down the 25th if I could. I also like the feeling of getting back to some level of normalcy too.


Thursday 26th of December 2019

Dec 25 is the first day of Christmas so taking down the tree is not an option for us. To each his own. I spent a lot of time in Europe growing up and visit often. They really know how to celebrate Christmas. It always saddens me when I drive around December 26 and see trees thrown and just discarded on the curb..


Thursday 27th of December 2018

We keep our trees ( one artificial and one live) up until the Epiphany January 6th as it is the feast of when Jesus was revealed to the world. Also known as Feast of Three Kings. It has been tradition since I was a child. I agree that once decorations are down the whole house seems larger but bare. Although I like when it is cleaned up it is sad since the beauty of it all is missing.