Friday, January 4, 2019



As the holiday season comes to an end, many people wonder when they should take down their Christmas decorations. Should it be the day after Christmas, the day after New Year's Day, months later, or never? 

Amanda Fowler for the WIZARD WEEKLY
Enriching the holiday season with Christmas lights began when Christmas trees were decorated with candles. This symbolized Christ being the light of the world, brought up by Christians in early modern Germany. Automated Christmas lights became popular and stylish in the early 20th century. 

Decorating the inside and outside of a house is a tradition more and more people seem to follow every year. According to multiple news outlets, the earlier people put up their Christmas lights, the happier they are. The truth is, for most people, the holiday season is one of the happiest times of the year and decorating only enhances that feeling. 

Whether people decorate their trees or their entire homes, the lingering question is when is the right time to take them down? To many, Christmas lights are not only seasonal. Lauren Gregg, a Washingtonville Senior, says “I prefer to have Christmas lights hung up all year round, especially in my room. I have color changing lights that actually help me relax after a long and stressful day.” 

The outside of the home, however, is the most debated concept. The outside of a house is seen by not only the owner, but anyone who happens to pass by. The fear that others may judge their lights causes many people to take their lights down soon after the holiday season has ended. However, if lights make people happier why doesn’t everyone leave them up? 

Well, aside from the judgement, many fear the joy that comes with the outside lights will fade if they are up all year. Celine Estrada, a WHS senior stated, “Christmas lights spread joy, joy in which the world so desperately needs. We need something to look forward to the rest of the year. The lights make me feel blessed to live in such a town that spreads so much positivity; it’s like a ripple effect. One house has lights up and the rest follow, sort of how kindness should be spread throughout the world.”

Overall, the amount of time holiday decorations are left up is solely up to the owner. However, if they are left up all year round, it could make the holiday season less special. Holiday decorations make the season a lot more vibrant and jolly, whether people take their lights down the day after Christmas, after New Year's Day, or never. Always remember to enjoy the scenery and embrace the holiday spirit for as long as you can.

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