Friday, December 29, 2006

Have You Put Your Christmas Decorations Away?

My mother instilled in me as long as I can remember that it was "bad luck" to leave our Christmas decorations up into the New Year. She always took hers down within a day or so after Christmas. So this was something I have never done - not that I really believe it would bring me bad luck, but it's just a good incentive to get things put back to normal. And it does help to have a deadline. Otherwise, knowing me, I would procrastinate.

Obviously, some people haven't heard about the bad luck thing, because it seems a lot of people around here leave their outside lights up year round. As hard as they must be to get up there, I can sympathize, even though I can't imagine doing it myself.

I'm curious to find out how others feel about what to do with the holiday trimmings, once the holiday is past. So ... are yours still up?????

17 comments:

Modus Vivendi said...

That's wonderful question. As I think about it, it start sound as if "to be or not to be" ... and I even sense myself as if the holiday trimmings, once the holiday is past already. I am sorry, my eyes have become wet.

Glory to God, I didnt know that problem in practic. I simply havent any trimmings and the dishes are washed every day.

spiritual joy dint leave any litters in yesterday.

Dirty Butter said...

Certainly, Tomas, the true meaning of Christmas is not something we "put away" after the holiday. It's not unusual, though, in the United States for families to decorate the whole inside and outside of their homes just for the Christmas season. Because of our care giving situation this year, we didn't put up any, but we usually do have a modest amount.

Marion said...

I didn't put any Christmassy decorations up this year either...just finally bought some poinsettias and fresh flowers.

But usually I will put decorations away the day after our Canadian Boxing Day holiday of December 26.

I'm usually ready for it to go, then, lol!

Happy New Year, DB!

Norma said...

My husband took our down today. Only some Christmas pillows on the couch are left. Usually, we do it New Year's day, but I think he wanted to be completely free to watch football!

Dirty Butter said...

Sounds like your hubby has his own "deadline" to get the decorations down speedily, eh Norma?

Dirty Butter said...

I know what you mean about being ready to have it all down, Marion. It really depends on how soon I get in the mood to put it all up as to how quick I am to take it all down, but it's always put away before the New Year. And I always think of Mama when I'm putting it all away.

The GateKeeper said...

My daughter and I were just discussing this very issue today. This is what we came up with...shall we leave up the tree and the lights and take them down on Jan 1 to symbolically say goodbye to the old year while bringing in the new? Or take it down Sunday so that we don't bring anything from the old year into the new? And of course, we would never leave Jesus behind, he travels with us every day.

Dirty Butter said...

Both ways of thinking about it make perfectly good sense to me, but you never did say which one you chose? Are you waiting 'til the New Year, GateKeeper, or starting the New Year clean??

And yes, Jesus is here every day!

Chris said...

I'm only responsible for the lights outside and they stay up until the first mild day :) But I'm usually forced to take them down by my wife a couple days after the new year. As far as the decorations inside the house goes, my wife usually get that packed away as soon as she can after the new year with the help of our girls.

Did your mom ever say why it's considered bad luck or did I miss it?

Dirty Butter said...

No, Chris, Mama never did explain what the bad luck was supposed to be all about, or if she did, I've forgotten.

Mama's family was from outside Liverpool, England, as she was the only one born in the US. Could it perhaps be an English tradition?

Nice to have you stop by, Chris. I hope you'll come visit again, soon.

Dirty Butter said...

Oh, as for the outside lights, Chris. You live in Canada, don't you? Waiting until decent weather makes good sense there. But we live in Alabama, and we have no excuse here ;)!

The GateKeeper said...

Looks like I'm taking down Christmas on the first of Jan. I'm home alone (shhhssss, don't tell anybody) so I don't want to have to work at it. Happy New Year.

Dirty Butter said...

I won't tell anybody that the GateKeeper has some time by herself on New Year's Day. I wouldn't think of it!

Seems like a good time to take everything down to me, too. Have fun!

Chris said...

Yea I'm in Canada, however this year it's been (probably) the most mild (to date) winter I've experienced and I've been here about 17yrs. I was born in the Caribbean and most of our traditions are British based as well :).

Dirty Butter said...

You say this has been a mild winter, which isn't surprising, but to move from the Caribbean to Canada must have been quite a change, Chris.

jan said...

I haven't bothered with a tree for a few years since I always spent Christmas away from home. But this year my grandson and son were here for the special day. My grandson (7) and I made decorations out of some self hardening clay rolled out and cut into stars of various sizes. Then I found some crystal red and white beads. Combined with tiny twinkling lights, it was spectacular.

All a long way of explaining why we just took it down today and it was like saying goodbye to a friend.

Dirty Butter said...

What a wonderful way to decorate! It's understandable that Gramma Jan wouldn't want to put away such precious memories!!