De-Christmasing.

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Since I hadn’t heavily decorated the inside of our house for the holidays in a few years… I’d forgotten what a time sucking nightmare it was to put everything away.

Three days after I started…

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With help from Lord Dudley Mountcatten…. I was done.

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And after buying a fresh cut ( I use that term loosely) tree from a roadside stand instead of cutting our own as we usually do, I’m seriously cursing needle drop again.

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While I do love a real Christmas tree…

( Note the lack of snow and abundance of green grass in our yard. In Maine. In January! 😠 )

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I do not love clogging up my vacuum with 20lbs of dry needle droppings. Though I have to admit, it does smell wonderful.

How about you?

Are you de-Christmased yet?

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45 thoughts on “De-Christmasing.”

      1. Do you not put water in the tree base? The tree is still alive after cutting, and needs water to survive, and retain its needles.
        One friend uses a ŕeal tree with roots, and it is repianted once xmas is done. That is ideal if you need to have a real tree.
        We stopped killing trees years ago, and switched to plastic. Better, but etill not ideal. This year the tree stayed in its box, and we did not miss it. We have so many plants in the living room there is no room for a tree anymore.
        The coleuses are in bloom for the first time ever. We did not even know they had flowers though it makes total sense. According to the internet once a coleus blooms it will die, and we are saddened by this. Our coleuses take up much of one wall, though they only have 2 pots. They are about 10 years old, are part of our family. We don’t want to watch them die, and are hoping these ones will survive. Time will tell.
        But to answer your question, we never xmased, so no need to de-xmas. Much easier.

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      2. Yes, I watered the tree daily. But there’s no telling how long before I got it that it was cut. A few weeks in front of the windows in a heated room dried her out quickly.
        I love coleus but have never grown them inside.

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      3. Yes. Not dealing with trees anymore I guess they are cutting them down earlier and earlier in the seaon, and tree sellers don’t care if the trees still need water. I never thought about that. And it makes the nature person in me feel even sadder. Christmas is supposed to be about celebrating life, but hundreds of millions of trees are killed every year for the celebration. That makes no sense. Humans mostly only care about humans, not realizing we are related to every form of life on this planet. We all share DNA at some level. And that is my rant for today! (Maybe…)

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      4. That does not make it acceptable in my books. I use that very argument when it comes to food animals, but no matter what we eat, aside from nuts and berries and eggs, we have to kill something. Until science makes food that will sustain us, death needs to be part of that equation. But killing trees is unnecessary. There are less violent ways to celebrate.
        And now you ha eme continuing a rant I did not want to get into today. The sun was shining for half an hour today. I wanted to enjoy that.

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  1. Happily, we don’t Christmas. We just put a Chanukah menorah in the window, and another one on sort of an altar in the dining room. Passover is our work until fatigued decorating period … soon to come …

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  2. I refused to decorate the city house because no one ever wants to participate. Somehow they managed to bring a tree into the house and decorated it a week prior to. When they were done they left all the bins all over the living room and I didn’t lift the hand to put things away…

    A day later they discovered I wasn’t going to do it so they did it.

    The tree is still up. I prefer to start the new year without Christmas in the house. But since I didn’t put it up I’m not taking it down. I don’t live here permanently so it’s not going to be my problem anyway…

    …but…

    Be prepared that this family will have Christmas in the house until the beginning of summer vacation. 🤯

    🤷‍♀️🙃

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  3. We had wood floors in my childhood home. So when it was time to take down the Christmas tree it was easy to sweep up the fallen pine needles , indeed shake off as many as we could, gather them up and my mother would make ‘pine’ bags which we used as toys – bean bags except with pine needles. When you’re poor you find toys wherever you can.

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  4. I De-Christmas on New Years Day. I have an artificial tree, a 9′ footer so it’s a bit of a task to get it unpacked and packed up again. But with the help of my son we did it in less than two hours, which included the clean up and rearranging of furniture to how it was before. Glad that’s over.

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  5. I put up less and less every year. This year, because of all the construction issues, it was only the tree. When I do put everything else out, I can now do it (as in the non-tree stuff) in less than an hour. I did find that our new fake took longer to both decorate and undecorate. There is a learning curve.

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  6. We de-Christmased on New Year’s Day…and that was a few days later than normal. I guess with so few decorations this year, there was no sense of urgency in packing them all away. Everything fit in one small box.

    We did get a real tree for the first time in many years, though. One that curiously dropped very few needles.

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  7. I didn’t xmas in the first place. I already painted my door cat sign’s bowtie black (for NYE). All that’s left is turning off the window lights.

    I looked up the date & msg’d people so, for the first time EVER, my neighbor’s tree is outside BEFORE the pickup day! It usually appears the day after and sits there for weeks (trash men will only collect it on the specified day), driving me nuts.

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  8. No. Didn’t decorate too much this year because of the trip to Death Valley and because of the cats, but I did do some and putting off de-Christmasing is a Procrastination Project of my own that I’m very good at.
    By the way when I read “…clogging up my vacuum with 20lbs of dry needle droppings” my brain read “… clogging up my vacuum with zolbs of dry needle droppings.” And I was like, zolbs? What are zolbs? Must be a Maine thing. Then I slapped my forehead.

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  9. Tree and decorations will remain in place for the weekend. .Next week begins the task of taking down the tree and the outdoor decorations. The indoor decorations tend to stick around until the end of January. From a materialistic standpoint, we do like to stretch the Xmas feel through the end of January inside.

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  10. It feels like drudgery putting it all away. I finally De-Christmased our house on Sunday. But we only got home on Saturday since being gone on the 28th, so I have an excuse. I’m guessing pine needles will be found in your home for a few weeks. 🙂

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