Now that Christmas is Over : What’s Next

Welcome to Tell Me Tuesday ? When Do you take down your tree and Christmas decorations? What’s next on your decorating list?

Some History :

If you find yourself stumped over this very question, perhaps consider letting tradition be your guide. Dating back to the fourth century, many Christians have marked the end of the Christmas season on the Twelfth Night (or 12 nights after Christmas) — an evening also known as the Eve of the Epiphany.

Although Christian groups reportedly disagree over which date is the correct one, tradition dictates that the Twelfth Night is the best time to take down your festive decorations — including your tree. The date falls on January 5 or January 6, depending on whether or not you count Christmas as day one.

The Epiphany, also known as Three Kings’ Day, marks the day the three wise men visited baby Jesus and hailed him as a king in Bethlehem. It’s believed that keeping your decorations on display for too long after the Twelfth Night can bring bad luc

Of course, all of this to say that you should really take down your Christmas tree when it’s the most convenient time for you and your family — whether that’s the day after Christmas, New Year’s Eve or you prefer decorating your tree all year long

Disposing of tree :

Christmas trees can stay fresh for five weeks or more when given proper care. Chances are your spruce is still in good condition, so long as you’ve periodically trimmed the trunk and kept it well watered. Instead of tossing it to the curb, consider one of these clever ways to breathe new life into your tree:

  • Use branches to make a pretty winter wreath
  • Break it into pieces and start your own compost
  • Depending where you live, you may be able to bring your old tree to a recycling center

Why Compose your tree:

Composting a Christmas tree turns it into black gold, which can be used around the garden. Composting provides a great and positive way to remove a Christmas tree from your home as it provides some of the following benefits;

  • Composting eliminates hundreds of pounds of usable organic waste that is sent to landfills each year, especially during the Christmas festivities.
  • Minimize greenhouse gases.
  • Reduce dumping and littering
  • Balances your soil’s texture

What’s Next ? for Me : Winter decorations and then depending on calendar Chinese New Year or Mardi Gras… Lisa

Winter Wreath from my Christmas tree branches:

Made with a metal wreath frame , and branches cut from the tree. You can then decorate with birds, pinecones and other winter decorations.

Have a great Day and stay warm….. Lisa

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