It seems to me that a lot of people still have their Christmas decorations on display, at least the ones outside their homes and I wonder why. When I was a kid, I seem to remember that we cut everything around New Years and I think a lot of people use that as the unofficial end of the holiday season. Christian tradition marks the twelfth night as the end of Christmas festivities, it occurs 12 days after December 25 and is also used to mark the start of Epiphany on January 6. I even read where to leave your decorations after this day is said to bring bad luck.
There is one major factor that could delay taking down your outdoor decorations and that is the weather. We had a few snowfalls and many cold days which may have delayed many people getting out and tending to this annual chore. Let’s be honest, you feel a little better decorating before the holidays than taking your decorations down…at least I think most would agree with that. No one plays Christmas music while standing on a ladder and removing everything from outside your house.
It just seems to me that over the past two years many have kept their homes decorated longer and I guess it has something to do with the COVID pandemic and I’m not talking about because they are sick. I think it might make them feel better to see the decorations and keep the Christmas spirit alive for as long as possible.
If so, keep them as long as you like, although by Valentine’s Day it might be time to move on.