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Well, here we are. Day one of the new year. Large numbers of the worldwide population are in "recovery mode" from staying up way past Johnnie's bedtime, and now face the timing of the holiday decorations disassembly dilemma. It will be only a matter of hours in the Heath household before the earlier spousal entreaties to put up the tree and lights will abruptly and dramatically shift to taking them down.

As this is an international forum, I am afforded the opportunity to conduct an informal pole of what the rest of the world considers as the most appropriate moment to "turn out the lights." I have personally never been in any particular rush to remove what I perceive as a most welcome source of visual cheer, but others seem to feel an urgency about the task.

Let the planet speak. :)

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Bah Humbug :) i never put any up as i spend my xmas around my best mates house, so, whats the point :)

So, none to take down :)

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A brilliant ploy, Dave! Why didn't I think of that? Next year I shall simply move into a friend's house for the holidays. "Problem" solved. :)

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My (and my family's) general rule is to keep the tree and the lights on the house on through the 12 days of Christmas. That's our excuse to keep the visual cheer going as long as possible! :)

Some neighbors toss out the tree and shut off the lights on the 26th; others after New Year's Day.

When I was in college, I had a permanent string of Christmas lights going, just for the fun/atmosphere of it. My wife and I have a string of them with little shroudes made of little wooden shoots that we hang over our patio in the summer. Always fun! :)

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Well John,

Even though we are a little bit atheist in our household we still adhere to my wife's Polish Catholic upbringing and at least take them down the necessary days after Xmas as prescribed by the church run by the guy in the Gucci slippers.

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After moving last year i swore to keep the house loft empty, and it is!

:)

The christmas stuff lives in the small loft of the garage, on sunday i will unplug the Esprit

from it's trickle and give it a little run. Then get the ladder out and pack the stuff back up

there. So it's sunday 4th here.

This is our first christmas with these two cats. Custard cat destroyed the tree and several

decorations, the night before last he climbed the inside and brought the whole thing falling

down, with bits of smashed bauble and glitter spraying over the floor, followed by a cat.

When you think about it, i guess it resembles a giant toy.

:)

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I'm not clear if anyone knows a right time for decs to come down, but have been told by various supersticious sources that it brings bad luck if they remain up after twelth night....which basically means they come down on Jan 5 in our household.

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Normally first weekend after New year as we don't have time till then (should read can't be bothered).

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I'm with the man from Medicine Hat...don't do decorations. And as there's only me,nobody to nag me into it!! I do go as far as putting the cards I receive up on the bookcase..but that's it. In times past,our family adhered to the "12th night" rule..however, I have known decorations to be displayed for longer. A good few years back now, my then local pub - the Hope in Richmond, by the roundabout - had been visited by some "artist" who proposed to decorate their windows with scenes of Christmas cheer, you know, reindeer, sleighs, santa, so forth. This the management agreed to, money changed hands, and the windows were duly resplendant in their seasonal decor. Came 12th night..and the bar staff were tasked with removing the now redundant artwork. Much scraping and scrubbing and rubbing with soap and water, detergent and assorted solvents achieved nothing; so a phone call was made to the "artist" who had done the paintings. He was quite prepared to remove them..for about 3 times what he had charged to do them in the first place!!! This offer was refused, and so the yuletide windows remained...things culminated in a Christmas Party held on Midsummer's Day, when Santa arrived to distribute presents and carols were sung! The final straw was when Nick, a hodcarrier by profession, lurched through the door with a "Keep Left" bollard - which he had "liberated" from the zebra crossing outside - strode to the bar, extracted the bollard from under his arm and declared "A pint of Holsten for me, and a short for my friend!!" This seemed like a good idea to the assembled company, and shortly thereafter the lonely bollard was joined by some of it's fellows, all lined up at the bar!! Got a bit hazy after that....The following morning the traffic furniture collection was visible lined up on the pavement outside the pub!!

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We make no apologies for not being religious, we still love the atmosphere of having a lighted home and tree for the winter holidays. The tree usually goes up shortly after thanksgiving and lights out/removed after New Years day. I fully agree with the visual cheer interpretation. It was always a looked forward to mid winter break during my upbringing and even though it's only a Santa/Commercial/Family type of holiday in our house, it is still an anticipated and thoroughly enjoyed time of year.

Apart from the subsequent 'removal' duties that is.....

:-)

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Around here everyone seems to have taken down their decorations this weekend. We've taken some of ours down. Still have some outside and the tree to do. That's a job for tomorrow.

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Yesterday. Inside is fine to take down, but the outside herd of lit up reindeers is a right pain to put out and assemble before Xmas, and then again disassemble and bring back in again after. Glad thats done now for another year!

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I would like someone to remind me, in approximately 11 months time, that I am NEVER EVER going to have a real xmas tree ever again :(:)

I shall be setting the bloody thing on fire tomorrow.

Just because you can, does'nt mean you should.

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... but the outside herd of lit up reindeers is a right pain to put out and assemble before Xmas, and then again disassemble and bring back in again after. Glad thats done now for another year!

Wholeheartedly agree, Ian. Have therefore "thinned" my herd down to a single animal, and that has simplified my life enormously. The rest of the outdoor items will continue to make annual appearances. :censored:

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my tree and decorations came down last night, not becasue of religous or superstisious beliefs but because thats when the moment that i could be arsed to take them down came about.

I miss all the sparkle and lights. the place looks dull now, so instead i will have to find a place to put this up instead to cheer the place up.

My xmas pressie from my ma and pa was getting the picture framed for me.

It looks fab

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