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When do you remove your (real) Xmas tree?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by BigDaddyLH, Dec 30, 2020.

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    I was walking Harley yesterday and went past a spot were the city will collect Xmas trees. The pile was already sizeable. (Curiously, those were about the only trees Harley didn't piddle against.)

    It struck me as being early to take down the tree. I leave ours up until at least New Year's.

    My wife also wants me to put it in the backyard. Birds will use it until it goes in the spring.

    If you have a real Xmas tree, when do you take it down? Is there some traditional date, like, say, Chinese New Year?
     
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    We stick with tradition around here -- Super Bowl Sunday.
     
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    Super Bowl when I was a kid. Probably around the end of January, more likely.

    Now it’s the day or first weekend day after January 1st.
     
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    We have not had a real tree in 30-ish years, but...

    We take ours down after January 1st. It may come down this weekend.

    Real trees, when we were growing up - same thing. Or, if they start losing too many needles, whichever comes first.
     
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    Is that like a rule? I don't play on that team, so I don't know. I think of the tree as secular. Well, pagan.

    As I understand it, the tree tradition is Germanic and was introduced to the UK by Queen Victoria's German husband, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. From there it spread to North America in the latter 19th century.
     
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    We keep ours up until the last day the city will pick them up at the curb. Usually late January or early February.
     
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    The early ones just want to be over with 2020 as soon as possible:twisted:
     
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    4th century pagans used pine boughs to brighten the home in dreary months. The Romans used pine for Saturnalia, which is Dec 19-23 or sometime around that. The "decorated" tree may have been adapted from these rituals and re-claimed as a Christian tradition.

    But after all this time, who really knows for sure?
     
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    First weekend of the new year. Cut it up. Put the limbs in the dumpster. Walk back in the house and figure out how I'm gonna pay for all the stuff I bought at Christmas.

    It's a tough road being Santa Claus. Anyone see Fatman?
     
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    As if 2021 is guaranteed to be better! :eek:
     
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    At least, that's reassuring.
     
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    We haven't had a real tree in years. I used to enjoy them, but it's very dry here, I shudder to think of leaving one up until after the Super Bowl. We will pull all of the Christmas decorations Friday. We had a small but beautiful tree in the living room, and a small one in my room.

    Real trees are beautiful and have an ambience all their own, but this is what I fear about them.

     
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    Early in December, when you accept Texas A&M's offer.
     
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    Traditionally, Christians would take it down for Twelfth Night.

    From Wikipedia:
    Different traditions mark the date of Twelfth Night as either 5 January or 6 January, depending on whether the counting begins on Christmas or 26 December. A superstition in some English-speaking countries suggests it unlucky to leave Christmas decorations hanging after Twelfth Night
     
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    Not really a rule, more a tradition in our family.
     
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    I forgot about "the 12 days of Christmas". Worst holiday song, evah, btw.
     
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    It's very dry up here, too. We usually get rid of the tree shortly after New Years, and by then the tree's about had it.
     
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    Maybe I can fix that.

     
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    No traditions at our house. We take it down when it stops taking water and starts dropping excessive amounts of needles. It’s different every year. Always makes me a little sad to toss it out.
     
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