|The denuded tree.|
“This year, can we take the Christmas tree down before it gets weird?” asked my husband.
I never realized I was odd about Christmas trees.
Growing up, I always asked if it could stay up at least until my birthday, which is January 2nd.
When I asked my neighbor, she said they always take theirs down on January 6th, which is Epiphany, the 12th day of Christmas, when the Three Wise Men visited the Christ child. (Shouldn’t you take your tree down on January 7th, the day after the last day of Christmas?)
Some people think it’s bad luck to leave your Christmas tree up past New Year’s.
Others take theirs down the day after Christmas. Wow. Harsh.
I just took mine down today, which is about usual for me, and I’ve always thought I was being reasonable if I got it down less than two weeks into the New Year.
Apparently, I am an outlier, though. According to an online poll done by The Today Show on NBC, 76% of the responders had theirs down by January 6th and another 15% took theirs down on December 26th.
Come to think of it, I guess I should have been tipped off by the fact that, every year, I miss the garbage men’s scheduled pick-up of Christmas trees.
Why do I wait?
Well, one, I am not generally an enthusiastic chore-doer.
And, two, there is perhaps nothing as forlorn as the sight of a discarded Christmas tree.
Unless, of course, it is a desiccated Christmas tree still in my living room in February.