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I am of the "twelve days of Christmas" group: I like to put my tree up for a short two weeks and then take it down immediately. However, with early holiday parties or kids around the house, how early do you put up your tree?

In Germany, those who celebrate Christmas traditionally set up their tree on the 24th of December (Christmas Eve) and take it down on the 7th of January. And in Italy, traditionally the tree is erected on December 8th (Immaculate Conception Day) and taken down on the 6th of January.

What are your Christmas Tree traditions, if any? How do you feel about leaving it up into January?

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