January 08, 2005

Christmas is over

Yes, today we took down our tree. I meant to do it on Thursday, the 12th day of Christmas, but there wasn’t time. So today I packed away our ornaments and most of the decorations in the house. We’ve left the lights up outside — is there some sort of protocol about when those come down? I love having the lights up in the darkest part of winter, which for me always means February, regardless of the actual date of the Solstice — but Mark seems to think it’s strange to leave the lights up much past Christmas. This is the first year we’ve put up outdoor lights, so we don’t have a pattern established.

The house looks so bare without the Christmas decorations — it brings home the sad reality of January. Back to school, back to teaching (I’m teaching Classical Myth again this term, after last term’s blessedly marking-free respite), and back to the dissertation. Oh well, this too shall pass…

Posted by Aven at January 8, 2005 10:52 PM

We also take the tree and Christmas decorations down after Epiphany (old Christmas). I too love to see the outside Christmas lights during the dark days of winter, we tend to leave our lights up until the last day January however will take them down earilier if there is a warm day near the end of the month.

Posted by: Paula at January 9, 2005 09:45 AM

We always leave our tree and decorations up until at least Epiphany, too. We didn’t have time over the weekend to take them down, so it will probably get done this week.

As far as outdoor lights, this is our first year having them up, as well. I think my husband is just going to take them down whenever we have a warm enough day this month!

Posted by: Madalyn at January 10, 2005 12:25 PM

I totally think you should leave the lights up well into February, because that is one dreary month on Toronto. I decided to leave my decorations up for a while longer because I don’t want to make the next two months more depressing than they already are.

(Also, you gotta start a project with a bright color in it!)

Posted by: lisa at January 10, 2005 01:42 PM

I leave up Christmas lights usually into March, because of the dreariness. These are white lights so they aren’t overly Christmas specific. You could just go by what your neighbours are doing.

Posted by: Tanya at January 11, 2005 07:59 PM