Post # 1
- Wedding: June 2014 - Ontario, Canada ♥ EDD- April 2016
I grew up in the country and it was normal for everyone just to leave their Christmas lights on their house all year. I just mean along the roofline – not in trees or giant light-up snowmen or anything 😉 Now that my FI and I have a house in the town nearby, I’ve noticed that it isn’t as common here. It has never bothered me seeing Christmas lights in the summer, but I know that it does bother some people so I figured I’d ask (:
Do you leave your Christmas lights up year-round?
Does it bother you when people do?
Post # 3
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
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
@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
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
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
We don’t leave ours up, but I wouldnt care if my neighbors did.
Post # 9
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
- 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
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
- 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
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
No we don’t, which as bumpkin as we are is pretty surprising lol, It bugs me though. FI would.
Post # 15
I don’t, but my parents do!
Post # 16
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.