Christmas decorations are always a struggle for me because I worry about getting them up too late in the year and about leaving them up too long.


We had a fun Christmas, but all the big festivities were done by 1 p.m. and most of the people in my house were off taking naps, so I’ll admit I looked at the Christmas tree and considered dismantling it right then, but I suspected that would not have been really popular with everyone else.


Generally, we will leave our decorations, both inside and outside, up into the new year, but sometimes things happen and we get busy. It happens for families, businesses and local governments.


I once worked at a paper in a small town where the local government left the city’s Christmas decorations up into February. It was an especially rainy January that year, so I know some of the reason for the decorations remaining out was worker safety.


It became more and more of an embarrassment to call that city my home as the days ticked away in February and I started planning an editorial for the paper calling for the removal of the decorations. Fortunately, it didn’t come to that as the area finally dried out enough that the city was able to put away the decorations.


Currently my home is still decorated, but I don’t know how far into the new year that will be the case as I’ve got this coming weekend off and I don’t want to suddenly get too busy to take down and securely store all our decorations.


But if I don’t get around to it, I’ll keep an eye out for discarded Christmas trees left on the curb for bulk pick-up — for me, that’s always been official end of the holiday season.



Happy birthday to Glenn Hancock of Denison; Wendy Inman and Gail Jamison, both of Sherman; Ricky Pittman of Kemp, Oklahoma; and Billie White.