Holiday Checklist – The day after

First off, we hope everyone had a great Christmas and are looking forward to the New Year. This is our third article in our Holiday Checklist series and while this mainly is written for the day after Christmas, many of the same things listed apply to others.

A time to review:
Take a few minutes and review what worked and what didn't. Make notes for next year's holidays to make life a little bit easier. If you haven't started a notebook or journal, now might be a great time. I personally keep notes on my computer, sorted in different folders.

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree:
An artificial tree, can be packed up at almost any time but people will wonder if you leave it up past the first week in January. As each type of tree is different, you might want to refer back to the directions for how it should be packaged up for next season.
A cut tree can be removed at almost any time but should be done before it dries out (anywhere from 2 to 5 weeks after it was originally cut). While tempting to leave all the tinsel on & chucking it, it is better to remove it all & look into tree drop offs where they turn them into mulch
A live tree requires no disposal, but requires planting after the holidays are over (live trees should only be inside for 10 days or less). The first step is to re-introduce the tree back to the outside. You should leave it in a sheltered place on a patio or in the garage for approximately 3 to 4 days keeping it well watered. After this period, you should plant the tree as you would normally.

While you are taking down your ornaments, throw out any broken or damaged ones. You might also want to take a few minutes to sort through your decorations and keep only what you love for next year and give the rest away.

Christmas Lights:
Christmas lights are generally taken down between the days after Christmas until the first weekend after New Years. You should do a final test of them and replace any blown bulbs. If there are any worn wires, you should simply get rid of them.

For more tips & tricks like eliminating the tangled mess of mess of lights, after Christmas shopping tips, more on handling trees, etc... we encourage you to check out the original article:
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  • Sue D Sue D on Dec 27, 2012
    Agree, 12 days of Christmas takes me to Jan. 6, "little Christmas", to celebrate the coming of the Magi. I think it's silly when the decorations go up so each their own :)
  • First off thanks for all the comments & I will have to file this under you learn something new every day as it was my understanding that the 12th day of Christmas was Christmas. Is this something more regional, religious, or... Thanks again & a Merry 12 days of Christmas to you all