Are Extended Holiday Trees the New Norm in North Dakota?
Christmas has come and gone, and the new year has begun, which means one thing: It's time to take down the Christmas tree — or is it?
When it comes to holiday decorations, there are two kinds of people: Those who take down their Christmas trees on December 26, and those who aren't quite ready for the season to be over.
I'm the second type of person. I know it might sound crazy, but I love the look of a Christmas tree with all its festive ornaments and lights because it puts me in such a happy frame of mind that I can't bear to take it down.
January 5th, is the 12th day of Christmas, and many people believe that is when the holiday actually ends. January 6th is National Take Down the Christmas Tree.
I propose we put an end to this practice. It's about finding ways through the winter doldrums. We need that light in our lives these days.
After all, according to experts, putting your holiday decorations up early could make you feel happier, so it makes sense that leaving them up could have the same effect.
So when should you put your tree away? The short answer is: Do whatever feels right for you!
I'm opting to keep mine up and have already transitioned my tree's décor for Valentine's Day, adorning it with pink lights and heart-shaped ornaments. Next up: green lights and shamrocks for St. Patrick's Day, followed by a splash of colorful eggs and lively spring-themed decorations for Easter. Oh, and don't forget, I could also go with red, white, and blue for the 4th of July!
Afterwards, I plan to set it up again in early October and give it a spooky Halloween makeover. Seems like I enjoy stretching the holiday cheer!
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