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Old 09-04-2010, 07:02 PM
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About taking all your decorations off on the 26th,ive noticed it does not feel the same and have been tempted to take them all down but haven't because of the kids,im normally a little down after christmas day because for me christmas is well and truly over for another year and the best remedy for that is to take everything down instead of keeping them up for another week as my christmas mood is gone.
As most everybody else on this site, I am also a huge Christmas fanatic. I understand the "down" feeling. Although I think for us it is more of the dread of having to pack up the decor and haul it back into the attic. But we do a few things to keep the excitement after the holidays going for a few more days as well as all year long.
1. Christmas sales - we hit the stores as they are clearing out all of their decorations. We start making decoration plans for the next year and we save money.
2. Christmas room - Our guest room is decked out for Christmas year round, complete with a tree. We have a recliner in there so we can relax and watch our favorite Holiday movie any time of the year.
3. A Nativity - My wife decided a few years ago to keep out one small nativity piece out year round. It is a simple reminder of what it's all about.
4. Christmas in July- Complete with a Holiday meal and a few small gifts for the family. A great and welcome break from the hot and humid south Georgia heat.

We also keep our decor up until after the new year (usually take it down on the 2nd)
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Old 09-07-2010, 08:47 AM
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We won't even think of taking any decorations down until after Jan. 6--the Feast of the Epiphany. After all one can't end Christmas before the three kings arrive. We are not completely undecorated until Feb.2 which before we had Ground Hog Day was known as Candlemas--the day the presentation of the Christ child in the temple is celebrated. In the ancient Church this was considered the end of the Christmas Season. In our latitude winter gets quite dreary after a while so its nice to stretch out the Season.
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Same here, everything stays until at least Epiphany, sometimes later. It's hard to let it go.
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Old 09-07-2010, 01:20 PM
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Dont dread it as there is always next Christmas to plan and look forward too. Just think about how quick it actually comes around again. I cant believe its only 108 days to go!!! Soon we'd be in the double digits LOL
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I want to keep them up longer I can't bear to take them down, even weeks after Christmas
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I don't take anything down until January and I leave all snowman/snowflakes/etc up until well into February!
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We won't even think of taking any decorations down until after Jan. 6--the Feast of the Epiphany. After all one can't end Christmas before the three kings arrive. We are not completely undecorated until Feb.2 which before we had Ground Hog Day was known as Candlemas--the day the presentation of the Christ child in the temple is celebrated. In the ancient Church this was considered the end of the Christmas Season. In our latitude winter gets quite dreary after a while so its nice to stretch out the Season.
We also keep all decorations up through Epiphany and beyond. We like to invite different friends and family over several nights in late December through early January for snacks, spirits, coffee (we tell them to bring any holiday leftovers to share). After all the hustle and bustle, it is nice to relax and enjoy the decorations with loved ones without the pressure.

Usually the 2nd weekend of Jan. we meet my wife's family and all their kids at a rented mountain cabin for a few days of fellowship and snowtubing. There is some serious food consumption at that time. The owners of the cabin leave some Christmas decorations up for us to enjoy. Therefore we enjoy the season through mid January. I encourage others to go well beyond Christmas day.
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DH & I decided on a compromise our first Christmas as a married couple: I put up the tree the Saturday after Thanksgiving (me) and leave it up until New Year's Day (DH).

DH would wait until December 1 to put it up and I'd take it down December 26th!
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Christmas day itself can be a let down for me. Being single, I watch all of my brothers and sisters children and grandchildren do their thing, and I feel left out kinda. My friends and I make it a point to either get out Christmas night or to have a party to offset some of that. And I always look forward to New Years Eve. Tree has to still be up for that. My parents didnt do that when I was a child, but I like it. Doesn't quite look the same after Christmas but it is still nice. I do hate the way the music just cuts off though..thank goodness for internet outlets and Comcast!
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Our tree stays up until sometime between New Year's Day and Twelfth Night. I always dread bedtime on Christmas Day because I know the seasonal music vanishes from the airwaves at 12:01 a.m. of the 26th. I always think that I'll keep the Christmas music and movies going until New Year's, but they don't have the same "flavor" after Christmas. What spoils it for me is the rest of the world dropping its Christmas spirit like a Halloween mask (now there's a mixed metaphor!) the very minute Christmas Day is over. Then it's back to work, business as usual ... and I come here for some empathy!
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