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?