It’s January 2nd and my Christmas tree still stands in its sparkly glory in my front window. I don’t have one reason for it. I have many. 

My top three: I don’t wanna take it down so I told the kids to. They haven’t done it yet.  It’s pretty. According to experts, I am not the only one procrastinating about taking down Christmas decorations. 

According to Good Housekeeping magazine, tradition dictates that the Twelfth Night is the end of the holiday season. Depending on who you ask, that day is either January 5 or January 6. It either counts from Christmas Day or the day after and it represents the day that the Three Wise Men visited baby Jesus.

While some adhere to tradition, others disregard it. Jordan Roper, owner of Roper Lawn Care, has been putting up and taking down Christmas decorations in the Memphis area since 2013. He said his clients usually take decorations down by the end of January but there are some who prolong their cheer.

“People pay a lot of money to put stuff up so they obviously want to keep it up as long as possible,” he said. “Also, the weather is so gloomy and gray so the lights make it nice.” His company decorated 78 homes in the area at an average price of about $1,800.

Bill West, Manager at Dan West Garden Center, said workers began taking down decorations at the company’s two locations and its Old Tyme Christmas Shoppe on the day after New Year’s. He said the first weekend of January is ideal but that there were no hard rules.

“It’s going to take us a week or two or maybe even a month to take ours down,” he said.  “That’s why we start early.”

No matter when you decide to take down your decorations, you can recycle your Christmas trees at the Shelby County Showplace Arena through Saturday, January 9. You can take all of your Christmas greenery to the arena parking lot at 105 Germantown Road. Last year, more than 40 tons of Christmas greenery was recycled and turned to mulch. Mulch will be available to the public in the spring.

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