How Long Can I Leave My Christmas Tree Up?
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How long can I leave my christmas tree/decorations up? I was told until February 2 but is it earlier? The old calendar vs. the new is so confusing.
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(01-07-2020, 11:58 AM)SacraCor714 Wrote: How long can I leave my christmas tree/decorations up? I was told until February 2 but is it earlier? The old calendar vs. the new is so confusing.

We put ours up on Christmas Eve and take it down the day after Candlemas (Feb 3), along with creche & any other Christmas decorations.  (This year and last we just used one of those tabletop retro ceramic trees that light up, because of a very feisty kitty that would massacre and topple a regular tree many times a day, but same timing applies.)  :)
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My dearly departed wife was a most avid Christmas Lover. She's insisted on leaving the tree up until it was quite the fire hazard and I'd have to take it down while she was away somewhere. Personally, I recall that my mother would keep our, albeit artificial, Christmas tree up until Epiphany Sunday. That seemed appropriate and safe as well.
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Epiphany at the earliest, Candlemas at the latest, any time in between. Me, I prefer Candlemas.
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Redneck Catholics leave it up year round, so we don't have to decorate in the next Advent.
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I leave mine up until Candlemas.  Candlemas is when the Marian antiphon switches from the Advent/Christmas one (Alma redemptoris mater) to the Lenten one (Ave regina coelorum).

That said, there isn't a defined rule or anything like that.
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You mean you don't veil your tree during Passiontide?
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(01-07-2020, 11:58 AM)SacraCor714 Wrote: The old calendar vs. the new is so confusing.


??? The end of the Christmas Season, Candlemas, 2 February, is the same in both Calendars. The confusion arises over how many days there are in Christmastide, since the New Calendar makes the Feast of the Epiphany a 'floating' Feast.
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You can put it up whenever you want and you can take it down whenever you want.  You don't have to have a tree to celebrate the Christmas season.
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Big house, tree can stay up.
Little house with little rooms, the tree comes down.
Babies grabbing at the tree and ornaments, it comes down.
Dogs that pee on the tree, it comes down the day after Christmas.
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Outdoor Christmas lights come down based on local custom - keep an eye on the neighbors and take yours down when they do.  As someone else said, Rednecks keep this stuff up all year long, then all you have to do is flick the switch and , ta-daa, Christmas!
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#10
As long as you please. There is a lady at my parish who leaves it up year round. But honestly, there is no liturgical requirement as far as Christmas decorations go.
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