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The Post-Christmas Pledge

Updated on December 5, 2012

We love the days leading up to Christmas. The shopping, the cooking, the planning, and the decorating. Christmas swirls in, brings its cheer, and then it’s gone. Once the holidays are over, it's time to move on. Christmas in July? This was most likely invented by someone who needed an excuse for not taking down their Christmas decorations.

Once the holidays pass, most of us go back to our everyday lives. By February, we are usually ready for spring. Well, not all of us. Everyone has seen that house that, for one reason or another, someone just hasn't gotten around to taking down those Christmas lights. Or it may be that house with the Christmas wreath on the March.

Away from home, we've all seen that car in the parking lot with the grease-stained bow still hanging on the front grill in March. The owner obviously sees this every time they walk to their car, why not take a minute and yank it off. I’m sure I’m not the only one thinking about this.

The Post-Christmas Pledge

I ____________, voluntarily agree to the terms and conditions of the Post Christmas pledge. By signing the Post Christmas Pledge, I am agreeing to make a full effort to uphold the following:

  • To remove my exterior Christmas lights no later than January 28th, as this gives me ample time to do so. I showed great effort and zeal putting the lights up, and I pledge the same effort to remove them.
  • To not leave my Christmas wreath on the door. I pledge not to walk by the wreath hanging on my door day in and day out until early April.
  • To remove bows, wreaths, bells, or any other decoration pertaining to Christmas from my vehicle. I will perform a thorough inspection of my car the following weeks after the holidays to make sure all decorations have been removed.
  • To change any Christmas themed ring-tones from my cell phone no later than 14 days following the fist day of January. Considering Christmas music starts in November, the general public should not be subjected to Here comes Santa Clause after this date.
  • To not wear my Santa hat after New Year's Day. These bright red hats with the white ball on top are always fun during the holidays, but should be returned to the attack or bin labled "Christmas Stuff" for the rest of the year.
  • To take down my Christmas tree after New Year's Day, or no later than one week after the new year. It is in fact, a CHRISTMAS tree.

This pledge is not a legally binding contract, rather an agreement to prohibit myself from leaving holiday decorations up all year. As a courtesy to my neighbors, and the general public, I sign this pledge in good faith on this ___ day of______..

Signed _____________________


Print it off, spread it around, let's do our part in the fight against post Christmas laziness. Who knows, maybe every year we can add more peeves to the pledge. Hopefully it will catch on and we won't be forced to see the dangling Christmas lights slowly start to droop from gutters of houses everywhere. Mailboxes can be garland free, cars without springtime bows and wreaths. All it takes is you. Take action, sign the pledge today and do your part in the fight against post holiday slacking.


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      Pete Fanning 5 years ago from Virginia

      Only you can prevent springtime lights teaches!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      This is too funny. I need to have my hubby sign this. He tends to leave the lights on until almost February.

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      Pete Fanning 6 years ago from Virginia

      Thanks Xenonlit, we all have to take action!

      I know what you mean Jeunubouka!

      Thanks for reading guys!

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      jenubouka 6 years ago

      I am printing this pledge out, I have about 20 houses around the neighborhood who could use this....

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      Xenonlit 6 years ago

      This is great! I shall comply with the terms of agreement so I won't be banned by the neighbors who will find a way to frown anyway.

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      Pete Fanning 6 years ago from Virginia

      Yeah, that should be enough! Thanks for reading and commenting!

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      Dora Weithers 6 years ago from The Caribbean

      Interesting! My neighbors' frowns will be enough to keep me in line. Good luck!