There's No Need To Take Your Christmas Decorations Down Yet

There's No Need To Take Your Christmas Decorations Down Yet

Don’t let anyone pressure you into taking down your Christmas decorations; continue to enjoy them instead.

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It's the debate that always manages to spring up around this of time of year without fail: when should Christmas decorations be taken down?

There are those who believe they should be taken down just before New Year's or right after we ring in the new year. Some of these people have even said there are laws (the law rumored to be in Maine is a myth) - or wished there were laws for the time in which Christmas decorations should be taken down. Of course, there are those who like to wait until...nearly March.

Recently, The Flash's Hartley Sawyer tweeted, "If you don't leave your Christmas tree up until Flag Day you ain't shit." I'm not saying to be the person who takes down their Christmas decorations in the summer. I do find March and Flag Day a little excessive.


We're not going to this extreme, but I will fight for February. Hartley Sawyer

I do, however, fall into the middle of the pack.

While growing up, I existed in a household in which we took down Christmas decorations roughly around New Years. If I begged, it would stay up till Jan 3rd at the most. As I grew older and began to live on my own, things began to change of course. My decorations will go up as soon as possible in November…along with the Christmas music. It would be a thing that would take a few days, but it became the best part about coming home. However, before reaching home, I would also spend time riding around neighborhoods looking at their outside Christmas decorations. This would lead to nostalgia for home (the perfect feeling for Christmas) and the dream of being able to decorate my own house one day. Once my own decorations were up, I would then enjoy my Christmas decorations until about the end of January or early February.

My Christmas tree. Picture taken November 7. Aisha Turnquist

It's because I love Christmas. It's my favorite holiday and quite frankly, my favorite time of year. One of the reasons is because of those beautiful decorations that go up every year. They are so beautiful to look at that there shouldn't be any reason to take them down in a hurry.

Yes, I know that a lot of people reason that after the holiday reason is the return to work and school; so, before New Year's leaves time to take down the decorations. Although, when you think about it, returning to work and school would be better if you had your Christmas decorations to look forward to when you get home.

In addition, it's a pretty lame excuse. You spent the time around work and school putting up your Christmas decorations. It's a thing that took a long time and you worked hard on them. When you work hard on something, you should be able to enjoy for more than a month. So, go enjoy them.

They're so beautiful. Why would you want to take them down so soon?Majestic Roofing

The enjoyment of Christmas decorations is also the perfect excuse for laziness ---- and it gives you more time. We all know that it's less enjoyable to take down Christmas decorations than to put them up. Of course, for the sake of the neighborhood, maybe the outside lights can be taken down or not lit up. It's perfectly understandable. However, the inside of my place will continue to look like the winter wonderland it deserves to be until February. At the end of the day, it's my place, which means my rules and my electrical bill. Also, if you leave your Christmas lights up outside, I'll still definitely be driving around to enjoy them. Trust me, your neighbors are as well, they're just too afraid to admit to it.

For those of us out there who refuse to take down our Christmas decorations in a timely manner, I like to consider it an act of rebellion. It's the band of us gathering together to say we want to enjoy our Christmas decorations for just a little longer and that's alright. In all the things going on with the world, the argument for the length of time to keep Christmas decorations up should be the least of our worries. It should be the bright spot (excuse the pun) in our lives amongst the crazy world that we live in. It's a symbol of joy, hope, and happiness. If you don't mind, I'll be here enjoying my Christmas decorations for as long as possible. To my fellow Christmas decorations delayers, I wish you all the enjoyment in the world. I'll be there with you when we finally have to take them down. Just take solace that it will start all over in just ten months. Never mind…that's a long time.

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Instead, use your 'holly jolly' attitudes to be lights in the lives of those that are hurting, because seasonal depression is REAL.

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When I was a kid, I loved Christmas. I couldn't get enough of the feeling of warmth and joy, and the sights, smells, and tastes of the last two months in the year were better than any other time. It was truly the "most wonderful time of the year," everyone seemed happy and the world seemed peaceful and right for just a small fraction of the year.

Growing older, of course, I realized that wasn't the way that the world was.

Not everyone is happy during the holiday months, and some people even get less happy during the holiday months. Disorders like seasonal affective disorder (SAD), more commonly known as "seasonal depression", really do exist.

But a person does not necessarily have to have this diagnosis to be hurting more through the holidays. And it could be anything, from upsetting memories of past holidays, financial struggles, missing loved ones, to loneliness or just the way that their brains function.

During these times then, it is only increasingly important that we take care in how we interact with others.

It's so important to remember to not take out your anger on strangers. It really is incredibly true that you never know what could be going on in someone else's life, no matter how cliché it is.

Instead, open a door for someone, be forgiving of the car that pulled out in front of you and don't lay on the horn, help a neighbor with shoveling snow or carrying groceries.

Please don't get so caught up in the business of the season that you forget to check in on your loved ones.

Pay attention to if they're struggling and reach out to them. You don't have to purchase material things for everyone to be able to give everyone a gift this holiday season. Listen to people, give a hug when it's needed, be a shoulder to cry on or bring an extra coffee because sometimes you have to reach out in order to be reached out to.

We should be using our 'holly jolly' attitudes to be lights in the lives of those that are hurting.

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Christmas Of Remembrance Series: My Last Letter

Christmas time is not about the gifts... It is about something far, far more special.

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Dear Reader,

Thank you for your time.

This is a series that I have dedicated to those I have loved and lost. It was merely a thought, then an idea, and now a realized creation. Christmas time… all winter really is a hard time for me. It holds this duality in my life of being both my favorite and also my least favorite and difficult time of year. It has been that way for years now.

In a way, this series aids my closure and healing further, and it allows me to tell my story in a way that, to me, is less scary (one of the many great facets of this platform). It was never my intention to write this in order to reach people, or encourage people, or serve as an inspiration to anyone. This was for me and only me. No one else. But, if these pieces of writing do impact someone, somewhere, or make them feel encouraged or inspired in some way or another, or just simply make them feel, then I hope you have enjoyed them. If I can make someone feel, then I guess I have done my job.

The life of an artist is often an uncertain one. The life of a human is a trying one. But life is a journey, and all journeys have their trials. Their tests. Their triumphs and rewards. And they all have their losses. What matters most is what you make of all of it. What lessons you learn. What changes you make. What life you create for yourself. What art you create because of it all. It can be very, very hard. But it can all be glorious at the same time.

At the heart of this series, my words, there is this deep and valuable belief of mine: Christmas (or the Winter Holiday that you may celebrate) is so much more about presents and cooking and shopping and all that other bullshit… it is about family.

The family that is related by blood. The family that surrounds your heart. Your Mom. Your brother. Your dearest friends. The bonds that make life valuable. Worth living. These bonds are soulful bonds, ones that are far more special than any mere trivial object. So… be with them. Forgive. Forget. Heal. Mend what is broken. Reassemble what has been shattered. And stop worrying so much. Laugh together. Cry together. Heal on another. Heal together. And may your new days be better, brighter, and full of love.

Happy Holidays.

Ty


A song for you...

"Sense of Home" — Harrison Storm / YouTube

If you liked this series, I invite you to check out my previous article below…

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