Well, that was the craziest Christmas weather I’ve seen in a long time. Rain on Christmas day in Bloomington, Minnesota. No one would have believed it! And I don’t know what it was like at your house, but I went out to get the Star Tribune at the end of my driveway and slipped and fell on my backside. Then, to get back up the house I had to walk in the snow because the shoes I slipped on to grab the paper were no match for the layer of ice on the driveway!
THAT’S how I’ll remember Christmas 2016 in Minneapolis.
And now, with presents unwrapped, my wife and I back to work and the kids whining they’re bored, it’s time to take down the Christmas tree. We usually do it the first weekend in January, but with the temps in the 30s now and forecasted to fall, we’re opting to take it down today. That got me to thinking about when people do take the down their Christmas tree.
What I discovered are there are three dates that Americans most commonly take down their Christmas tree.
Before New Year’s Day: I guess that’s not technically a “date.” The way the articles read, I got the impression they meant there’s a large contingency of people who take down their tree on New Year’s Eve. Apparently these people believe if the tree isn’t down before the stroke of midnight , all the bad luck they had in 2016 will follow them into 2017. That made me wonder what the history behind this superstition is, but try as I might, I couldn’t find any background on this. So I’m chalking this one up to “old wives tale.”
12th Day of Christmas: The 12 Days of Christmas officially begin on Christmas day, so that puts the 12th day of Christmas on January 5.
Epiphany: The tradition of taking down the Christmas Tree on the Feast of the Epiphany of Our Lord Jesus Christ is steeped in Christianity. The Epiphany, which is January 6, is the day that Jesus was baptized and His baptism marks the end of the Christmas season.
For those who don’t have a symbolic date to take down their Christmas tree, the first weekend in January is often when the tree comes down because that’s when most people have time in their schedule to do so.
Once the tree is down, what do you do with it?
If it's artificial, you take it apart, fold it up and store it until next year. If it's a real tree, you can have it picked up by your trash hauler.
According to the City of Bloomington website, Christmas tree curbside pick up is available for Bloomington residents, but the site instructs you to “contact your hauler for their specific requirements.”
Since we had to do that for ourselves, we figured we'd call all of Bloomington's trash haulers to save you the time of sitting on hold with your trash service provider. Every trash disposal company said they will be picking up Christmas trees during the first two weeks of January on your regular pick up date EXCEPT Garbage Man of Bloomington who said you must call them to schedule a pick up time during the first two weeks of January.
Most providers also have a tree height restriction. If your tree is taller than their tree height restriction, you must cut the tree so that the largest part of the tree is not taller than the maximum height.
Here’s what each licensed garbage hauler told us with regards to variable details: