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When do you take down the Christmas tree?

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Day after Christmas
  4% 6 votes
New Year's day
  15% 19 votes
January
  43% 54 votes
February
  4% 6 votes
March
0% 0 votes
April
  1% 2 votes
I wait for it to come down by itself
  29% 37 votes
124 total votes.
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  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by Thexalon on Friday December 03, @01:28PM (24 children)

    by Thexalon (636) on Friday December 03, @01:28PM (#1201803)

    I'm not even nominally Christian so I never put one up, you insensitive clod!

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    • (Score: 2) by richtopia on Friday December 03, @04:47PM

      by richtopia (3160) Subscriber Badge on Friday December 03, @04:47PM (#1201848) Homepage Journal

      My athiest tree stands tall all year round. Unless it dies, then it has to come down. Its the maple in the back yard.

    • (Score: -1, Troll) by SomeGuy on Saturday December 04, @06:35PM (6 children)

      by SomeGuy (5632) on Saturday December 04, @06:35PM (#1202161)

      The irony is that the tradition of bringing a tree in to the house originally had little to do with religion.

      Imagine a long time ago, being stuck in a small cabin with a family during the winter, with piles of snow everywhere, and only a small fire to keep things warm so can't exactly open any windows. The entire place starts to stink. So what do you do? You cut down a nice smelling tree and throw it in the corner to cover up the smell. Oh look, the family wants to decorate it to make it look pretty. Fuck it, it keeps them busy. Let them make a few decorations outside too if they are still bored.

      Celebrate? Sure, celebrate the winter solstice. Days getting longer? Who wouldn't want to celebrate that?

      Don't throw out the tree until it gets warm enough to do something else about the smell, or the tree stops smelling nice.

      ...Then one day some creepy child molesters show up and insist all of this has do to with worshiping some shit dick named jebus and his magic sky daddy. WTF?

      Of course, with modern air filtration and sanitation, there is no longer a need to bring a dusty, dirty tree in to the house. Unfortunately, consumertards need somewhere to hang their strings of burn-out-your-eyesockets-and-give-you-seizures blue LED lights and something to put their presents of new Apple iPhones under.

      • (Score: 2, Flamebait) by ChrisMaple on Saturday December 04, @10:29PM (1 child)

        by ChrisMaple (6964) on Saturday December 04, @10:29PM (#1202202)

        Child mutilators.

        • (Score: 2) by HammeredGlass on Thursday December 09, @12:55AM

          by HammeredGlass (12241) on Thursday December 09, @12:55AM (#1203171)

          No. That was the old chosen people who had the thing about chopping pieces of penis off.

      • (Score: 4, Informative) by Thexalon on Saturday December 04, @11:11PM (2 children)

        by Thexalon (636) on Saturday December 04, @11:11PM (#1202210)

        The real history is more like: A bunch of Germans would celebrate the winter solstice by decorating up a local evergreen tree in the middle of the village, a practice that might have pre-dated the whole Jesus thing (sources are unclear) and probably had something to do with the evergreens not dying during the winter. Centuries later, rich Victorian Brits brought the tree inside to impress other rich people, keeping the decorations idea though. Rich Americans started doing it to imitate the rich Victorians. During the 1950's post-war boom, middle-class people could afford to do it. So now lots of people and organizations do it in the USA because it's "traditional", not-religious enough that they can get away with it in what are supposed to be secular spaces, and religious enough to make the Jesus-believers happy.

        It really wasn't a regular thing in the USA before the 20th century.

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        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 10, @02:36AM (1 child)

          by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 10, @02:36AM (#1203490)

          It really wasn't a regular thing in the USA before the 20th century.

          Yeah, it was all Charles Dickens before that. Damn goose looked awful scrawny.

          I always wondered what percentage of the population died from Christmas tree fires back in those days

          • (Score: 2) by Runaway1956 on Sunday December 19, @08:24AM

            by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Sunday December 19, @08:24AM (#1206325) Homepage Journal

            It was common enough in the 1950s and 60s that I remember news stories about Christmas tree fires. It seems like there were 1 or 2 stories every year. To clarify, 4 Star News was THE source of news, channel 4 at 4 o'clock every day, did 1/2 hour of national news, then 1/2 hour of local/regional news. Maybe not every kid will remember stories of houses burning down at Christmas, but I remember them.

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      • (Score: 1, Troll) by jasassin on Tuesday December 07, @10:45PM

        by jasassin (3566) <jasassin@gmail.com> on Tuesday December 07, @10:45PM (#1202820) Journal

        That shit made me laugh. I had to start reading it slowly to savor the fucked up imagery, laugh, savor repeat. I’m going to forward that to a couple friends! A+

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    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday December 05, @02:34PM (1 child)

      by Anonymous Coward on Sunday December 05, @02:34PM (#1202344)
      Pets around == no christmas tree.

      The pets last longer, I have no use for religion, and I am their god anyway. A good dog brightens up a room far better than tinsel and lights on a dying tree.

      • (Score: 1) by shrewdsheep on Tuesday December 07, @08:55PM

        by shrewdsheep (5215) on Tuesday December 07, @08:55PM (#1202769)

        Arguably, when cranking up the lighting, the tree offers more options. How about attached fireworks? Or glow-in the dark-paint? Some real kindling?

    • (Score: 2) by srobert on Sunday December 05, @07:15PM

      by srobert (4803) on Sunday December 05, @07:15PM (#1202391)

      Neither am I. I still put up a tree right after I eat my Thanksgiving dinner, to celebrate a holiday that I call "Christmas". It's too much fun to let the Christians monopolize it and claim it exclusively for themselves. Christmas tree comes down on the first weekend after the new year.

    • (Score: 2) by isostatic on Monday December 06, @05:00PM

      by isostatic (365) on Monday December 06, @05:00PM (#1202529) Journal

      I'm not nominally christian, but society's celebration of consumerism which times around various pagan festivals dated in the darkest part of the year certainly appeals

    • (Score: 2) by DannyB on Tuesday December 07, @05:17PM (7 children)

      by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday December 07, @05:17PM (#1202696) Journal

      I think that a tree has little to do with Christianity.

      The only trees I see in the Bible are:
      * tree of life (Gen 2:9)
      * tree of knowledge of good and evil (Gen 2:9)
      * almond (Ecc 12:5)
      * apple (Song of Sol. 2;3 but no iPads to soak up apple juice)
      * chestnut and fir (Eze 31:8)
      * cedar and myrtle (Isa 41:19)
      * sycamore (Zacchaeus climbed in Luke 19:4)
      * mustard (Jesus mentioned in Luke 17:6)
      * fig (cursed by Jesus, Matt 12:19-22)


      And then there is:
      * a psaltery. (sol tree)

      Bu, bu, but . . . wait, that is a musical instrument not a tree!

      Yeah, and a chandelier is a musical instrument also.


      Deacon 1: we have enough money in the general fund, and the people have voted that the church should buy a new chandelier for the sanctuary.
      Deacon 2: but if we were to buy a chandelier, then we would have to hire someone who knows how to play that chandelier. And someone who knows how to play a chandelier is probably expensive.
      Deacon 1: an excellent point. We won't buy a new chandelier for the sanctuary.
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      • (Score: 2) by VLM on Wednesday December 08, @05:51PM (4 children)

        by VLM (445) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday December 08, @05:51PM (#1203026)

        Well, don't forget the wooden cross, its a big part of the story.

        • (Score: 2) by DannyB on Wednesday December 08, @08:34PM (1 child)

          by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday December 08, @08:34PM (#1203069) Journal

          I actually almost included that as a "tree".

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        • (Score: 1, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 08, @10:48PM

          by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 08, @10:48PM (#1203132)

          If you are going to include everything made out of wood in the bible as a tree, you'd better be prepared for a rather long list.

        • (Score: 1, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday December 11, @09:28PM

          by Anonymous Coward on Saturday December 11, @09:28PM (#1203990)

          What's the difference between the crucifixion and a cow?

          You can't milk a cow for 2000 years!

      • (Score: 3, Informative) by Sulla on Saturday December 11, @01:03AM (1 child)

        by Sulla (5173) Subscriber Badge on Saturday December 11, @01:03AM (#1203798) Journal

        The whole thing is nothing but subversion done by the vile people of the book, for which, it turns out the Empire did not have enough lions. Per the true faith we would carefully cut branches from evergreen trees to celebrate the coming of spring and make the Lares joyful and satisfied, thus blessing us a good harvest and fewer fires. In spite of popular belief the Christians not only refused to hang up the evergreen boughs but subverted the wonderful Saturnalia to bring fires down upon Rome and harm us for saving them from their foolish beliefs by freeing them from life. People today even believe the Christian propaganda that it was Nero who started the great fire!

        And who might you ask started the "Christmas tree"? The Germans, the most filthy hideous deceptive peoples to ever inhabit this world. Oh yes such a smart idea putting a tree inside your dwelling and adorning it with lit candles. I'm sure that made them quite cozy in their mud huts with straw rooves as they burned to death under the weight of their own stupidity.

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        • (Score: 2) by DECbot on Thursday December 16, @07:13PM

          by DECbot (832) on Thursday December 16, @07:13PM (#1205627) Journal

          If you survive the idiotic burning dead tree foolery for that year, it demonstrates that while $diety may not necessarily love you, $diety_pronoun still has use for you in the future.

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    • (Score: 2) by HammeredGlass on Thursday December 09, @12:49AM (2 children)

      by HammeredGlass (12241) on Thursday December 09, @12:49AM (#1203167)

      No time like the present to repent and be reconciled.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday December 11, @09:36PM (1 child)

        by Anonymous Coward on Saturday December 11, @09:36PM (#1203991)

        Is believing in sky daddies the same as believing in covid vaccines?

    • (Score: 1, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 23, @04:39AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 23, @04:39AM (#1207316)

      You insensitive clod, I take down the Festivus Pole [wikipedia.org] right after the Airing of Grievances and Feats of Strength!

  • (Score: 2) by JoeMerchant on Friday December 03, @04:55PM (2 children)

    by JoeMerchant (3937) on Friday December 03, @04:55PM (#1201852)

    I used to hack them up in February and burn them in the fireplace, when we had one.

    Lately, we've got a bit over an acre of yard, so we buy something alive and attractive and try not to kill it before December 25th, then plant it in the ground ASAP.

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    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday December 04, @05:47PM (1 child)

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday December 04, @05:47PM (#1202149)

      Here they typically use pine. It's not a native species and useless for the garden - the needles do not mulch or compost easily.

      The take down period is driven by what day the local municipal authorities arrange a collection.

      Buying a living tree in a pot seems like a much more sustainable practice if you have the land.

      • (Score: 2) by JoeMerchant on Monday December 13, @09:27PM

        by JoeMerchant (3937) on Monday December 13, @09:27PM (#1204744)

        This year the nurseries we visited were rather sparse on the selection - went with a Yaupon Holly in the "Charlie Brown" size, one string of colored lights and it's good to go.

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  • (Score: 2) by WizardFusion on Saturday December 04, @01:22PM (1 child)

    by WizardFusion (498) Subscriber Badge on Saturday December 04, @01:22PM (#1202093) Journal

    ...if I put one up at all.
    Some fairy lights around the window is my limit

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 01, @07:12PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 01, @07:12PM (#1209186)

      We left an artificial tree up in the corner of the livingroom until June. Planted a live one in the backyard around 22 years ago and finally had to cut it down. It grew at about a 45 degree angle over the fence.

  • (Score: 3, Informative) by pTamok on Saturday December 04, @11:30PM

    by pTamok (3042) on Saturday December 04, @11:30PM (#1202213)

    The tradition in my family was that the tree came into the house on the 23rd or 24th December, and remained until Twelfth Night [wikipedia.org]. Other decorations were put up from beginning of Advent [wikipedia.org] onwards - the lighting of the first of the four candles on the Advent crown marked the start of the observance.

    That said, there is no 'right' way to celebrate it. Do what suits you. If you do it often enough, and enough people join in, it will become a tradition.

  • (Score: 3, Informative) by Dr Spin on Monday December 06, @10:29AM (3 children)

    by Dr Spin (5239) on Monday December 06, @10:29AM (#1202480)

    January 6th - the twELFth day of Christmas.

    "As recommended by elves everywhere"

    And Santa as well.

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    • (Score: 3, Informative) by isostatic on Monday December 06, @04:56PM (2 children)

      by isostatic (365) on Monday December 06, @04:56PM (#1202528) Journal

      25th - 1st day
      26th - 2nd day
      ...
      31st - 7th day
      1st - 8th day
      2nd - 9th day
      3rd - 10th day
      4th - 11th day
      5th - 12th day

      Or take it down after 12th night

      25th - 1st night
      26th - 2nd night
      ...
      5th - 12th night
      6th - take it down

      Or does 26th count as the first day/night because we start counting from zero, in which case you take down on the 6th or after the night of the 6th

      Or is the 25th not a day of christmas?

      Either way it's so dark and gloomy I'll be campaigning to keep the outside lights in the hedge up until spring.

      • (Score: 3, Informative) by Dr Spin on Tuesday December 07, @04:56PM

        by Dr Spin (5239) on Tuesday December 07, @04:56PM (#1202688)

        I guess that the correct formula is "after the twelfth day/night".

        In my defence, I admit to not being an elf, although I refuse to say whether or not I am a robot.

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      • (Score: 1, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 08, @10:53PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 08, @10:53PM (#1203133)

        A number of traditions keep it up until January 6th because that is the Epiphany. After that the Christmas season is over and Epiphanytide begins.

  • (Score: 1, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Monday December 06, @09:51PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday December 06, @09:51PM (#1202592)

    Beebo la-la-loves Christmas!
    Beebo la-la-loves the hol-i-days!
    Beebo nev-ar takes down the Christmas tree!

  • (Score: 2) by rigrig on Tuesday December 07, @03:02PM

    by rigrig (5129) Subscriber Badge <soylentnews@tubul.net> on Tuesday December 07, @03:02PM (#1202669) Homepage

    Because having a Christmas tree up at Easter just feels silly.

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  • (Score: 2) by microtodd on Wednesday December 08, @03:13AM

    by microtodd (1866) on Wednesday December 08, @03:13AM (#1202874) Homepage Journal

    Bold of you to assume I even put a christmas tree up!

  • (Score: 2) by VLM on Wednesday December 08, @05:48PM

    by VLM (445) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday December 08, @05:48PM (#1203024)

    No New Years Eve option, huh? Seems like the perfect day.

    Time to clean up if you're having a "formal" or "informal" party that night.

    Nobody hung over yet, unless you're hitting it really hard.

    If you're cleaning up late or starting the party early, sipping a glass of Christmas liquor hits the spot and motivates the labor.

    Enables New Years Day to be a chill out paradise no need to get up and do nonsense (like pack away decorations). Its not really a "holiday" if you have to labor, so its nice to have an actual day off.

    If you're going to put up "new years" decor this is pushing the limits of lateness, but its technically not too late.

    Its also a good time to sort and put away presents and just gear back up for regular daily operations. After hauling around boxes of decor, eat the last christmas cookies, etc...

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday December 12, @08:46PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday December 12, @08:46PM (#1204405)

    It's a winter tree, it remains lit until the first day of spring.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday December 14, @05:06AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday December 14, @05:06AM (#1204883)

    I once took it upon myself to clean up a neighboring lot a little. I knew the previous occupants had been lazy about Christmas trees and didn't put them in the green bin (compostable hauling is part of sanitation service here), but imagine my bemusement when I pulled some vines away from a 2 or 3 year old Christmas tree in the middle of Summer. I'm sure there have been plenty of trees that have self-composted after having been tossed in to ravines; but sheesh. Perhaps the only thing more out of step with what you think of as Christmas Spirit was the missing outdoor bulbs we'd occasionally see when I was a kid.

  • (Score: 2) by Runaway1956 on Sunday December 19, @08:36AM

    by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Sunday December 19, @08:36AM (#1206326) Homepage Journal

    We've had natural, real trees all my life. A healthy respect for fire says no tree should be up for more than 2 weeks. A week, give or take, before Christmas, a week between Christmas and New Year - and the tree goes. Any and all other decorations can go or stay, I don't care, but that fire tinder has to leave the house.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 23, @03:50PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 23, @03:50PM (#1207441)

    In deference to common practice, for the past ten years I have kept an evergreen shrub about two feet tall alive in a pot on wheels. It gives the appearance of a dwarf fir tree. It gets wheeled into the house shortly after (USA) thanksgiving and then back into the backyard some time after the (euro-centric) observation of new year. It saves on the waste of whacking down perfectly good trees and spending perfectly good money every year on said severed evergreens. All this is to mask the truth that for the pagan rituals that have corrupted the proper observances of Christianity I hold the utmost indifference.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 30, @05:09AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 30, @05:09AM (#1208618)

    Aren't we all Jews here?

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