It’s a fun thing to decorate a Christmas Tree, but a painful reminder of time passing when you take it down. Here on Cape Cod, we de-decorated on Friday, yanked the pine out the front door and set it in a snow bank in the front yard for the birds to enjoy for a bit. It finally ended up as stacked firewood to warm the hearth in the cold months ahead.
Some people love their Christmas Tree so much they keep it up and fully decorated at least until January 6, the feast of the three kings, and some manage to keep it till February 2, the final day of the Christmas season according to the “official” church calendar. There are even a few compulsed souls like the pastor of our church in the town in which I grew up, who loved Christmas so much they kept their tree lit, decorated and clearly displayed in the front parlor window of the church rectory until at least mid April. I know this to be true, because my Dad was the one who would finally take it down. I think the pastor had one or two bulbs a little loose, but that’s only my opinion.
So when do you take down your tree?