09 January 2011

last one standing...

we were scared we'd be reported to the department of seasonal decor for a timely removal violation, because as of january 9th, 2011, our christmas tree is still standing; but we were gratified to learn after a walk with ted tonight, that there are a few more procrastinators in the neighborhood. we're not the last one... yet.
parting is such sweet sorrow.
we admit though, when we do get around to taking her down, we'll be sad. there was just something cheering about being being greeted with this sight every evening as we come up the front walk. alas, all good things must pass, and the 11 months 'til we can put her back up will pass in a blink of an eye.

how about you? did your holiday decor vanish promptly on new years day? or like m21, do you try to hang on a little longer then you probably should?

10 comments:

Nita {ModVintageLife} said...

I still love my decor on Jan 1. But Jan 2....I all of a sudden want it all gone. But it takes a good week to get it all down. Mine is down....but tonight I am vacuuming glitter up everywhere.

camdesign said...

I must admit you are not the only one with a tree still standing tall, I do have a good reason for not taking her down yet... I had to fly off in a rush for a funeral, taking down the christmas decorations just didn't get done, now back I have so many client presentations to prepare for the tree will have to stay up until this friday night (hopefully I will have the time) Our condo is small and everything is stored in a locker the other side of town, if the cold weather and snow doesn't stop by then for drop off on Saturday morning it will be valentines before I get it done, lol
Your tree is wonderful, I can see why it will be hard to take it way till next christmas...it always feels a little different for a few days after.
Have a great week...

Divine Theatre said...

Your tree is lovely! I would leave it up all year!

I waited until Epiphany, but since the tree was crooked and we have seven pets I really wanted to take it down sooner!
We put the tree in an Anduze urn so the cats could not get a good "grip". Unfortunately the tree needed to be snugged in. Three gallon water bottles and seven rolls of toilet paper later, the tree stayed in a fairly snug fashion but I worried every second! At least if the water bottles broke the toilet paper would absorb the mess, I thought!

We used to put the tree in an iron urn on a plinth but I took it out to the garden this summer. I WILL be buying a new one soon! The pole fits right down into the urn...

In retrospect, our tree looked like a geriatric French cancan dancer from the turn of last century. I placed a crown on top and put red ostrich feathers inside, then wrapped the tree in an antique gold tulle instead of garland. It sounded good in theory! Every time I looked at that tree I imagined a drunken, shriveled, over made up woman weaving through the city streets on her way home from God knows where...

ArchitectDesign™ said...

I took down my tree Saturday, thinking I was maybe the last in all of DC, but then walking around yesterday, still noticed a number of trees lurking about. *phew*! It's always a sad few days without the tree.

jones said...

Some is put away and some (including tree) is waiting for me to get with the program. Have a great week. Mary

Teresa at Splendid Sass said...

I love the beautiful lights too, Christian.
It will be here again before we know it.
Have a wonderful day, and tell the babies hello.
Teresa
xoxo

Margaret said...

A beautiful 'hanger-on' I must say! "..New Year's Day..." try 12/26, it all comes tumbling down! My mom used to leave the decor until the end of Jan., and it drove me NUTS coming home from school, admist the yuletide cheer backing up to Valentine's Day. Miss mom, and chuckle at her idiosyncrasies...

whitecabana said...

Put away the last of the decorations this past weekend. So sad to see it go but there's always next year!
-Jordana

Paul Anater said...

I can't get the stuff down fast enough, but that's just me. Don't get me wrong, I love Christmas more than I have words to describe and my annual Christmas Eve dinner is the highlight of my year. But still, after it's over I want it to be over fully so I can get onto the new year.

Considering everything that's going on in the world now though, I don't blame you for wanting to hold onto that Christmas T thing for a little while longer.

Happy new year Christian, I hope you and your kids have the best year evah!

designapothecary said...

I take down my tree on January 14th every year! It is not procrastination, I call it enjoying the season to the fullest. Another plus of it, by that time there are no more sad feeling left. You ready to see it out of here :)