On Christmas night as I was walking my dog I was shocked to see someone's Christmas tree already out for trash collection! Really? I mean, the Christmas sweet potatoes weren't even cold yet at my place!
Does someone have to "get through" Christmas that fast?
Personally I have always tried to get my tree down on New Year's Day. We observed that tradition in my childhood home so that's what I'm comfortable with. Last year it was up until we returned from Mexico on January 9th.
I actually like reminiscing about Christmas Day; this year's and also ones from years past. Leaving the decorations up for a while longer helps me in this process of holding-on just a bit longer.
Technically Christmas lasts through Epiphany which is January 6th. I'm sure you've heard of "The Twelve Days of Christmas." The 12th day is Epiphany which is celebrated as a holiday in many nations around the world. To read more about Epiphany click here.
Have a wonderful next few days and don't stress if the house isn't back to looking like it normally does just yet. Consider leaving your tree and decorations up a bit longer this year and if anyone asks just tell them that you are holding on to the tradition of "The Twelve Days of Christmas." You will be healthier in body, mind, and soul if you just slow down a bit, reminisce and enjoy!