Do you leave your Christmas lights up year-round?

posted 3 years ago in Holidays
  • poll: Do you leave your lights up? Does it bother you when other people leave their lights up?
    Yes, I leave my Christmas lights up year-round : (2 votes)
    2 %
    No, I don't leave my Christmas lights up : (48 votes)
    37 %
    I don't put up Christmas lights : (18 votes)
    14 %
    It bothers me when people leave their lights up : (34 votes)
    26 %
    I couldn't care less if people choose to leave their lights up : (19 votes)
    15 %
    "Bah! Humbug!" : (6 votes)
    5 %
    Other (I'll explain in the comments) : (3 votes)
    2 %
  • Post # 3
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    1779 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    We put ours up in November (yes, even before Thanksgiving) depending on when we have time and the weather isn’t too bad. But we take them down the week after Christmas or ASAP depending on what we’re doing for the holidays.

    There is someone on our street who has this huge santa with sled and all the reindeer that they hang from a few of their trees and they usually leave it up past Valentines Day. Bugs the crap out of me and just seems silly.

    We live in a relatively affluent suburb, though, so leaving decorations up, especially large ones, is NOT the norm.

    Post # 4
    Member
    2657 posts
    Sugar bee

    We don’t leave the lights up, but that’s mainly because our homeowners’ association has a rule against it.  We don’t do very elaborate lights and it’s not a big deal to take them down every year.  There are a bunch of restaurants and businesses in our area that leave them up on the roofline all year, though.  I never really cared if people left clear lights up, but I will raise an eyebrow if someone leaves their red and green very-obviously-Christmas-themed lights out all year.

    Post # 5
    Member
    744 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    @sugarpea:  I always take mine down.  If I see some still up a few months after Christmas I will joke that there is no point on taking them down now!  Or man, they sure have a jump start on me! haha

    Post # 6
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    509 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    No I don’t leave my lights up and yes it bothers me if people do.  I hate seeing houses that still have Christmas lights up on them.  I think it just looks tacky and makes the neighborhood look less affluent.

     

    Post # 7
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    4513 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    No. Honestly I think it kind of takes away from the excitement. I look forward to decorating, so if its already done its kind of like meh.

     

    Post # 8
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    6740 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2010

    We don’t leave ours up, but I wouldnt care if my neighbors did.

    Post # 9
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    1555 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    we don’t because it bothers me and also, we live in alabama and I can’t succumb to that sterotype. but there are plenty that do and it drives me crazy!

    Post # 10
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    975 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2014 - Banff, Alberta

    Where I live you have to be really careful about stuff lying around your yard because animals can hurt themselves on it. If it is securely in a tree it is fine but they tend to get slack and then strangle animals. I don’t mind seeing lights all year round though, most of the decorations stay up well into January, and some stay all year round. 

    Post # 11
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    6644 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    We do and don’t leave them up. We have a huge string that was actually used for our wedding that we also used for Christmas 2 years ago that are strung up from the kitchen to living room.  They are close to the ceiling that my DH had to pretty much use chairs/ladder to string up. We just never took them down. It doesn’t hurt anything and we just turn them on around Christmas time

    Post # 12
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    7281 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

    We don’t do christmas lights on our home. They really are not my style. Where I grew up, it’s not unheard of to leave the lights on the house year round. We were not kind to those houses in our commentaries. Noone in our current area does that. It would definitely not be in keeping with the well manicured aesthetic here.

    Post # 13
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    941 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2015

    We put up our Christmas lights and tree on Black Friday and take everything down on New Year’s Day (weather permitting). Good family activities for those holidays. 

    Post # 14
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    2189 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2017

    No we don’t, which as bumpkin as we are is pretty surprising lol, It bugs me though. FI would.

    Post # 15
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    152 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I don’t, but my parents do! 

    Post # 16
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    10489 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2011

    It bugs me, unless they are clear lights.  I can understand waiting for it to warm up though.  No rush to get on the roof if it’s icy.

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