Keeping the Tree, Losing the Christmas

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In one of those excellent instances of everybody being on the same page, our household came to a decision: we would keep our humble but beloved Christmas tree up a few weeks more, but we would remove the ornaments. During this record-setting cold snap, we can use all the cheer we can get..

This is one of my very favorite Christmas trees, a wild and slightly bedraggled specimen sustainably harvested at my partner's workplace. Once lights were wrapped around it, it became perfectly magical, a companion to the little lit evergreen way out in our yard. I love turning the tree lights on every afternoon — it's too dark to wait until evening — and adore sitting next to it, reading and sipping port. If we were to get rid of our tree now, our home would lose a major source of light and coziness, both in short supply now that it's -20ºF (-28.9ºC) and dangerously windy.

The ornaments made the tree feel dated and a little pitiful, as if we were desperately hanging on to Christmas past. Removing them has allowed the tree to simply be a tree: a tiny bit of the forest taken inside to remind us that life goes on, even in the dead of winter.

Have you ever hung on to a de-holiday-ed tree for a little bit longer into the new year?

(Image credits: Tess Wilson)

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