How Long Should You Keep Up Your Holiday Home Decor?

Unfortunately the holidays have passed and the most wonderful time of the year is now about a year’s length away again. You’ve had your share of eggnog, gingerbread men, and candy canes and your bank account is officially empty. Now all you’re left with is your Christmas tree, outdoor lights, a giant blow-up Santa on your lawn, and other miscellaneous holiday home décor. So when is the right time to take all of your Christmas decorations down and store them away for next Christmas? Some people take down their Christmas tree the very next day (bah, humbug!) while other holiday enthusiasts leave theirs up until the very last day of January.

Depending on the amount of Christmas spirit in your home, you probably have the following holiday decorations in your home:

  • A Christmas tree
  • A lighted Christmas village
  • Stockings
  • A train
  • Nativity scene
  • Outdoor lights
  • Outdoor lawn ornaments

These are just a few of the most popular holiday decorations that most people include both inside and outside of their homes during the Christmas season. Per the general consensus, most people put their Christmas decorations and tree anytime from the day after Thanksgiving to a few days before Christmas – there is no right or wrong answer as to when you put up your holiday decorations.

However, it is the general consensus to take your holiday decorations down anytime from New Year’s Day to mid-January. Outdoor lights can be a pain to take down and therefore it is acceptable to leave them up until you find a time that is convenient for you. Indoor decorations such as a Christmas tree, a village, stockings, trains, a nativity scene, and other miscellaneous holiday home décor should be taken down a few days after New Year’s, per the general consensus. When it comes to a Christmas tree, a real Christmas tree should be removed as soon as possible after Christmas due to the risk of fire from the tree drying out, as well as pine needles littering the floor.

When it comes to a “right” time to take down Christmas decorations, there is no right or wrong answer – it is completely your own choice. Feel free to leave up “winter” decorations, such as a snowman display beyond the months of December and January. If you’d like to take your Christmas tree down the very next day or leave it up until February, it’s your decision as to how long you’d like to look at the decorations inside and outside of your home.

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