As relieved as we are when Christmas is over, the worst part might have to be when we have to take down the decorations and tree. Coming home from Christmas outings on the big day or waking up the morning of December 26 to a room full of wrapping paper, toys everywhere, and now seemingly out-of-date holiday decorations is pretty gut wrenching in my opinion. Although it's necessary to pick up the trash and organize the new gifts, taking down the tree is something many households hold off on — for at least a few days (or weeks). So, how do you know it's time to throw away your Christmas tree?There are a few ways you can decide.
If you're a believer in superstition, the pines begin to brown, you notice a funky smell, or your tree starts shedding more than your cat, these are all solid reasons to take down the tree. I'll be the first to admit, however, that it's a little too easy to put this task off for as long as possible. Especially with the undertaking it feels like to get out the storage boxes, take each ornament off, and find a way to haul your tree away and where to, there are plenty of families who find themselves on Valentine's Day with a tree still in the living room. But for many reasons, including the fact that once-fresh Christmas trees only become more flammable over time, this is not safest option.
For those with a fake tree, the answer's a bit simpler. Take it down, pack it up, and store it away — end of story. But if you have a real tree in your home, there are a few ways to get rid of your tree responsibly. You can recycle, mulch, or donate it to a local nature organizations, or you can look into local services for curbside pick up. You can also search for designated Christmas tree recycling centers here.
So once you've decided how to get rid of your tree, you need to pick a time and do it. Here are some of the factors that can play into when it's time for the tree to go, because everyone has a point when it's just been too long to justify keeping the tree up any longer.