This Is How Long You Should Keep Your Holiday Decorations Up, According to Dolly Parton

published Jan 6, 2021
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Some take down all their holiday decorations—stockings, garlands, the entire tree—shortly after Christmas or New Year’s day. But just like there are mental benefits to putting your decorations up early, one can argue it might be the same for taking down your decorations later on. And if you ask Christmas Queen Dolly Parton, she’s all about making the holidays last a little while longer via her seasonal decor.

On the Nov. 30 episode of the “Cody Cast with Cody Alan” podcast, Parton revealed that she leaves her decorations up for at least three weeks after Christmas—anytime after her birthday on Jan. 19, to be exact. “I put up my Christmas decorations the day after Thanksgiving,” Parton said on the epsiode. “I celebrate Christmas and Thanksgiving until my birthday on the 19th of January. I always make them leave my decorations up ’till after my birthday, ’cause I am still celebrating.”

And if you’re wondering what those precious holiday decorations look like, it’s a lot of trees. In 2018, she revealed on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” that she goes all out for the holidays, making sure every room in her mansion—more specifically, mansions—are outfitted with a tree. 

“I have a lot of rooms in my house, and I have a Christmas tree in every one of them,” she explained. “They’re all different sizes. I have different houses. I have a lake house and we decorate it with the theme of that, with water. Christmas is all about the kids.”

Like Parton, the reason for choosing when to take your decorations down might be personal. Take Queen Elizabeth, for example, who waits until Feb. 6 to honor her father King George VI on the day that he passed. But some base it off of the Christian tradition of the Epiphany and remove their decorations on Twelfth Night, which is 12 days after Christmas—so either Jan. 5 or 6. 

However, especially for this year, perhaps the best rule of thumb is leaving those decorations up as long as it brings you joy.