It is so interesting to read everyone's comments and see the various approaches to Christmas! Thank you for taking the time to comment.
I love to put up a tree, but for me Christmas has less to do with a religious festival than a celebration of light. I live north of the 50th parallel, and nights are very long from October to March, so around Christmas it is dark by 4 pm and only getting light at 8 am. I often sit with the Christmas tree lit in the evenings, and eat, read, write, watch movies, or visit with friends and only unplug the tree at bedtime. I enjoy leaving the tree up until the days start to lengthen again, and it is still light in the evening.
Sometimes it is March before I pack my tree away. Happy New Year, Hub Pages friends!