I'm planning on starting to take down decorations today. I won't do much today, just christmas cards, and I'll put away my holiday mugs and tea kettle, and take my regular items out again. I figure, if I do a little at a time, it won't be so overwhelming.
I will start this weekend by putting away the indoor animations; the moving, sound-making plushies that my Lab would love to get ahold of.
The live tree will come down on New Year's Day. That's a long-standing family tradition since both of my parents were school teachers and wanted the tree out of the way each year before they had to go back to work.
The weekend after New Year's Day I will start bringing in the outdoor display. While there are folks with larger displays who can take theirs down completely in one day, I don't have any kids or volunteers to do the legwork. So, I will take 2-3 days to bring mine in. Not rushing the job will give me the chance to test and maintain the various pieces as well as craft a more organized storage system. There will still be a mild rush, since I want all the lights down before the weather gets serious.
Our outside decorations are coming down tomorrow. My husband fractured his ankle on December 6th and is unable to do the ladder climbing. My son, my daughter and myself, with his supervision will do it tomorrow. My son heads back to Toledo for a New Year's Eve party with his friends so it has to be done by then. I don't like them coming down so early but the need is there this year. When growing up, we took them down after the 6th....our tradition is usually New Year's Day. At least I'll have this wonderful forum to come to for a little Christmas time celebrating!
A Beary Merry Christmas to all!
I took one tree down yesterday, but I also purchased the ornaments for next year. I also found a spiral tree to put the train ornaments on for next year also. But the rest will stay up until 12th night and then it will come down so I can start planning for next year.