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Pele
Pele

the henna lady
Location: WNY, USA
Member Since: 15th Dec 2000
Total posts: 6193
Posted:So, when do you think the trees and lights should be taken down?

My friend had his tree last year until after St. Pats. They decorated it with Shamrocks and little gold coins. They are hoping for the same, or longer this year.

Our town was thinking about passing some kind of ordinance stating that christmas lights have to be down by a certain date after the holiday.

So, what the longest you've left your stuff up?

(mine is long since down...but I only just put the place back to normal positioning.)


Pele
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Birgit
Birgit

had her carpal tunnel surgery already thanks v much
Location: Edinburgh
Member Since: 27th Jan 2005
Total posts: 4145
Posted:6th of January... "3 Kings Day" is traditional back home (Germany). And we only put it up on Christmas Eve. So it's something special smile

As for the light, we use real candles on the tree, so I guess whenever they're burnt down!


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FoxInDocs
FoxInDocs

Pooh-Bah
Location: Adelaide, SA
Member Since: 10th Jul 2005
Total posts: 1848
Posted:tree goes up on the 24th of november, and comes down on new years day... theoretically.

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Rouge Dragon
Rouge Dragon

Insert Champagne Here
Location: without class distinction
Member Since: 21st Jul 2003
Total posts: 13215
Posted:yeah,isnt there supposed to be the day when the "4th wise man" arrives? birgit, is that your 3 kings day? confused

i would have changed ***** to phallus, and claire to petey Petey

Rougie: but that's what I'm doing here
Arnwyn: what letting me adjust myself in your room?..don't you dare quote that on HoP...

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Zenooph
Zenooph

psychadelic pyro
Location: Johannesburg
Member Since: 26th Aug 2006
Total posts: 570
Posted:You take your lights down?

Normality is the playground of the unimaginative

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Birgit
Birgit

had her carpal tunnel surgery already thanks v much
Location: Edinburgh
Member Since: 27th Jan 2005
Total posts: 4145
Posted:4th wise man? Never heard of him! We only get 3, on the 6th Jan. I suppose that's when the anglosaxon "twelve days of Christmas" end, yes?

It's funny how essentially the church made up all of these dates, and yet they're different in so many countries biggrin


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Rouge Dragon
Rouge Dragon

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Member Since: 21st Jul 2003
Total posts: 13215
Posted:no damn clue how any of it works! ubblol

i would have changed ***** to phallus, and claire to petey Petey

Rougie: but that's what I'm doing here
Arnwyn: what letting me adjust myself in your room?..don't you dare quote that on HoP...

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jo_rhymes
jo_rhymes

Momma Bear
Location: Telford, Shrops
Member Since: 10th Apr 2005
Total posts: 4525
Posted:12th night things come down.

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gita
gita

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Location: brizvegas
Member Since: 13th Oct 2003
Total posts: 3776
Posted:well at my folks place the tree always goes up on (or around...depending on if i'm around cos apparently it's become my job!) december 1 & it all comes down on january 6 - i think it's the twelve days thing - but also epiphany. which sucked when i was a kid cos my birthday is january 7 - so the place would be all lovely & decorated & then for my birthday? nothing! ubblol

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Pele
Pele

the henna lady
Location: WNY, USA
Member Since: 15th Dec 2000
Total posts: 6193
Posted:Zenooph ubblol How very redneck of you! wink

Gita, that sucks! I'd have left a string of lights up just for you!

I supposed I should answer my own question.
They go up whenever I feel like it and they come down as soon after NY as schedule allows and it humanly possible.

I'm impressed with how many here have dates to it all. It's so...organized! eek

There's a 4th wiseman? Is that like the 4th guy in the 3 Stooges?


Pele
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Bek66
Bek66

Future Mrs Pogo
Location: The wrong place
Member Since: 27th Aug 2006
Total posts: 4728
Posted:Most of all of this, from my understanding, came from the old country traditions of the hanging of the greens and the dates of the lunar calendar....will have to go into my books and see what I can find!!! Yippeeeeee!!!!! Have a research mission!!!

*goes off in search thru the thousands of books that 'decorate' her home*


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Kathain_Bowen
Kathain_Bowen

Good Ol' Yarn For Hair
Location: Atlanta, GA, USA
Member Since: 24th Jan 2006
Total posts: 422
Posted:According to my guide to Southern Christmas: Epiphany.

According to my family: Whenever the heck we get around to it. Hopefully sometime before Valentine's Day. biggrin


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Birgit
Birgit

had her carpal tunnel surgery already thanks v much
Location: Edinburgh
Member Since: 27th Jan 2005
Total posts: 4145
Posted:I've just sawed up 4 Christmas trees that had been dumped on the sidewalk on my way to the bus for firewood. I've been annoyed for days because people just threw them there and noone picked them up. And now I have more wood biggrin

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psycotic_furby
psycotic_furby

Hehe, you said 'Member'
Location: Lydiate, nr Liverpool
Member Since: 25th Mar 2005
Total posts: 105
Posted:Huh, we left ours up till July last year, and even then it was only because we moved out!

Eww, Liza Minelli...

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Pele
Pele

the henna lady
Location: WNY, USA
Member Since: 15th Dec 2000
Total posts: 6193
Posted:ubblol @ Kathain that was me a few years ago, when it was such a pain to get it back into storage.

Brigit, I have a few neighbors who just put their trees by the curb. Should I tell them yer coming? wink It's a good way to get good pine since people don't usually choose Charlie Brown lookin' trees.

Psycotic_furby...please tell me it was a fake tree! wink *imagines brown, needle-less tree sad in a corner*


Pele
Higher, higher burning fire...making music like a choir
"Oooh look! A pub!" -exclaimed after recovering from a stupid fall
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Birgit
Birgit

had her carpal tunnel surgery already thanks v much
Location: Edinburgh
Member Since: 27th Jan 2005
Total posts: 4145
Posted:hmmmmm maybe flying all the way to America wouldn't be such a good idea. I mean, what if I load my suitcases with wood and then they're too heavy and I can't take them back? But they could put the trees in a box and ship them!

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psycotic_furby
psycotic_furby

Hehe, you said 'Member'
Location: Lydiate, nr Liverpool
Member Since: 25th Mar 2005
Total posts: 105
Posted: Written by: Pele


Psycotic_furby...please tell me it was a fake tree! wink *imagines brown, needle-less tree sad in a corner*



ubblol

Yeah, fake and plasticky, although we were students, so I wouldn't put it past us to do it with a real one... rolleyes


Eww, Liza Minelli...

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Gidg
Gidg

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Location: Portland Oregon USA
Member Since: 11th Apr 2003
Total posts: 8506
Posted:For us the inside decorations goes up the weekend of Thanksgiving and then comes down the weekend after New Years.

Outside lights are a little different. Depending on the time of year they are called Christmas lights or fairy lights. biggrin


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SaBBaS
enthusiast
Location: Madrid, Spain
Member Since: 4th Jan 2002
Total posts: 215
Posted:fairy lights, i like the name... much better than "nah, we're just too lazy".
AAAAnd they DO look great in summer!!! biggrin


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PK_
PK_

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Member Since: 20th Dec 2001
Total posts: 4991
Posted: Written by: Birgit


And now I have more wood biggrin



We just got a whopper!.. came in 3 big van loads and a little van too... nuff wood for a while i think!... cold still hasn't arrived here yet. confused


Italians take their trees down after Biffana which is the 8th of jan... confused but i dont know for sure what the whole deal is.. i've never bothered with my own place before but now i have to cos of my son. frown xmas sucks.


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Pele
Pele

the henna lady
Location: WNY, USA
Member Since: 15th Dec 2000
Total posts: 6193
Posted:But the kids make it worth it PK! wink

"fairy lights" ubblol Cute!


Pele
Higher, higher burning fire...making music like a choir
"Oooh look! A pub!" -exclaimed after recovering from a stupid fall
"And for the decadence of art, nothing beats a roaring fire." -TMK

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faith enfire
faith enfire

wandering thru the woods of WI
Location: Wisconsin
Member Since: 27th Jan 2006
Total posts: 3556
Posted:ours comes down on new years
mine used to come down on my birthday
our trees go to the corner but they get used as the city's mulch, so they get a proper use


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