This is the first year that I EVER decorate specifically for the New Year and I'm kind of stoked about it. I decorated the space above our mantle and right now as I sit on the sofa writing, I keep looking up at it and grinning. I think the best part of it is that I can leave it up through January and not feel at all guilty. Not like when you leave your Christmas tree up too long.
Christmas trees are so exciting when you first put them up and they are even kind of nice a few days after Christmas, but once the new year rolls around, they start looking a little sad and like they have overstayed their welcome.
I remember one year, many years ago, when the Christmas tree in my home at the time, stayed up until very beginning of April. That's got to be some kind of record, right? The poor sad tree, which started off fresh, was dryer than my husband's ashy knees. At the time I lived in an apartment building with a roommate and it became so embarrassing that our tree was still up that when we finally got around to throwing it out, we had to do it in the cover of night.
We waited until it was so late that if we ran into anyone on our way to the dumpster, they surely wouldn't say anything because no one could be up to any good at that hour. We dragged the tree down the hallway, into the elevator, and down to the garbage room. We saw absolutely no one and were convinced that we had gotten away with harboring a Christmas tree for an unnaturally long time. I remember standing by the dumpster, our hearts pounding, and laughing because we had gotten away with it. It was a victimless crime! None of our neighbors would judge us. Our relief was short-lived.
As soon as we headed back towards our apartment we realized that instead of getting away with it, we had made sure that all our neighbors would know who was responsible for the ginormous dead Christmas tree in the dumpster because dead pine trees leave needles EVERYWHERE! There was a thick trail of pine needles that clearly went from the dumpster to our front door. Oh the shame!
What's the longest you have ever left a Christmas tree up?