How long is too long to leave your Christmas lights up?
I have a neighbor who still turns hers on every night. I
I would take mine down on new years day or the day after, if I could be bothered to put them up in the first place......
I don't mind Christmas lights at any time. I have now and then passed homes lit with Christmas lights in the summer! I think when it's outside of the normal Christmas season, it becomes a matter of personal celbration. I hate to compare it to something with less universal meaning, but what about those pink lawn flamingoes that some folks have in thier front yards. I don't care for them in my own yard, but I don't mind if someone else wants them. The only concern I would have is if someone's lights are shining in your windows because of the proximity and the angle.
We used to have a neighbor that grew something in his basement that required grow lights day and night for months at a time. Unfortunately, some of the light actually penetrated our blinds in our bedroom because of the angle and the brightness. That was somewhat inconvenient, but it reminded me of a summertime trip to Alaska, where it just didn't get dark at night. You just get used to it. But that would probably be more of an annoyance to some people than others.
As for the Christmas lights specifically, January 6th was Epiphany, and is the traditional end of the Christmas season, so they are late.
I think the rule of thumb is this: Christmas lights are fine year-round if you have cars parked on your lawn. If you don't have cars parked on your lawn, they go up after Thanksgiving and down on New Years Day.
I usually it have up until around the middle January then i take it down
certainly leaving them up until Easter is tooooooooooooooooo long!!!
I tear down all decor News Years Eve Day. I like starting out the new year all cleaned.
I think it is a personal preference. We are taking our tree down mid-January this year because we didn't put it up till mid-December and wanted it up for a month. One year when I was single, however, I left the tree up all year and simply changed the decorations to suit the season. It was fun and no one around me had ever done such a thing! I hate the winter dull skies and the lights would cheer me up and it would feel comforting and cozy. So, I think people should think less of what they think they "should" do and more about what would make them feel better about life.
Ultimately, it's up to the individual-- unless you live in a neighborhood with restrictive covenants that determine when you can, and can't have your lights up.
I can see leaving Christmas lights up till what's in some parts of the world known as "12th Night," which equates to January 6th. But then they really ought to come down. So, let's say January 8th, at the absolute latest. Personally? I take mine down on January 2nd.
I like to have my Christmas decorations up by Thanksgiving and down a few days after New Year's Day. Although, one year while living in Pennsylvania, it snowed soooo much I left them up until my hubby's birthday... February 15th!!!
I think all year long is too long. I would generally say us regular folks, take them down after New Year's.
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