Am I a Grinch || Why I take the Christmas tree down on Boxing Day

My husband called me a grinch yesterday, half joking, I think. A little while after my sister in law joked it hadn’t even been a full 24 hours since Christmas and I had already removed all traces of it.

It’s become a bit of a tradition that I wake up bright and early Boxing Day, dismantle the tree and remove all traces that Christmas ever existed.

Well that’s not completely true, the kitchen still looks like a bomb site and the bin bags of rubbish and mountain of cardboard to be recycled certainly alludes to the fact something pretty spectacular has happened.

But the tree, lights, baubles, cards etc all get packed away until next December. I’m not even sure when or why I started doing it so quickly after Christmas Day, but now I couldn’t do it any other way.

I always found the week between Christmas and New Year a strange time. I was never really sure what day it was and would find myself eating crap and kind of living in some weird limbo time-loop for a full week.

New year would seem to spring up on me in a surprise and I would feel completely disorientated and unprepared. Which is never a good start, especially as my New Year resolution was always be more organised.

I feel like taking down the Christmas tree allows me to enjoy the spirit of Christmas, spending time with loved ones, enjoying each other’s company and making the most of everyone seemingly being on the same page at once.

I feel like removing the added extras of Christmas, makes way for me to re focus and find a little clarity to start thinking of the new year ahead. It is one less thing to think about and I feel a literal lightness in my head when it’s all gone.

I’d like to think I’m not a grinch, I still love and live the spirit of Christmas and enjoy the festive period. I think removing the tree allows me to do so even more as it frees me up mentally and emotionally.

Do you think I am a grinch? When do you take down your tree? How do you feel about that week in between Christmas and New Year??

Much love and many thanks

Cherie

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4 Comments

  1. louise
    December 29, 2017 / 7:38 am

    i know exactly what you mean, as the children have got older and we don’t really see family over the Christmas, its stopped being that magical time. I put minimal decorations up. yes I did get a tree ect. I want ted to take it down yesterday, but nooooo go to wait till new years eve day !!!!

    • December 29, 2017 / 6:17 pm

      It’s a shame that it doesn’t feel magical for you, but having young kids does knock that feeling up a few notches doesn’t it. I think New Year’s Eve is a nice time to take the tree down. You do what works for you and yours ?

  2. December 27, 2017 / 10:21 pm

    I don’t think you’re a Grinch at all, your house, you’re choice! I like your reason for it and have never thought of it like that before. It can be a weird limbo time for sure. We take ours down on the 6th Jan simply because my parents did growing up – it’s the 12th day after Christmas and we put the tree up 12 days before. You’ve got me thinking though about bringing it forward to new years eve as I too love the energy of a new start so it would make sense not to bring Christmas into the next year! Hmm I shall let you know what we roll with, thanks for giving me something to think about rather than just going with what’s gone before!
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    • December 29, 2017 / 4:06 pm

      Hi Nic,

      Hope you had a great Christmas. I very much agree with what you said “your house, your rules”.

      I like that my post has questioned the way you do it, either so you can decide how YOU want to do it rather than doing the status quo, but also if you question it and you want to keep it the way it is. You will feel more secure in your decisions if you are made to question them again.

      I think I explain it better in my next post I wrote.

      I look forward to hearing what you decide to do. As always thank you so much for commenting

      Cherie x

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