I don’t remember when we decorated when I was a little girl, but it was sometime in December. When I married my first husband we began decorating on Thanksgiving weekend. His family was pretty serious about Christmas and everything went up that weekend. I had no problem adopting the tradition as there was the four-day weekend to do the tree, house lights and other odds and ends. One of the best parts of decorating for me (NOT the tree) is getting out our Christmas collections. One Christmas, my late husband’s mom gave me this awesome Santa (the one with holly on his hat below) and from then on I got new Santa every Christmas. One year my husband received a cool Nutcracker from a cast of a play he directed and that began his collection. Number One son’s collection was holiday Eeyores and Number Two son got snowmen. So every year while the kid(s) were still living at home when we put up the tree and the outside lights, we also put out the “collections”.
The second part of this question is when do we take it all down? Well, I’ll admit up front that we were very lazy taking the Christmas decorations down. Many years we left them up until the end of January. I even remember un-decorating during the Easter holiday one year. But the longest time the decorations have ever stayed up was the year my husband died in July. The following Christmas (seven years now) my younger son and I put up the collections around our “faux” fireplace (the real fireplace didn’t work) and they stayed there until sometime that next summer. I think there was a little more than lazy involved in that one. The whole mantle was dedicated to Dad.
Since then I have been better at un-decorating soon after New Year’s. I had a lot of Bakersfield dust to clean off those Santas!
This year I haven’t gotten out any collections. My oldest has his Eeyores with him… my youngest has his snowmen (and his dad’s nutcrackers), and I’m keeping the decorations to a minimum this year in my new home with my new sweetheart. All is well.
As always I welcome your comments on this or any part of my blog!
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