Extend Your Christmas Tree’s Life By Decorating It for Valentine’s Day—and Maybe Every Other Holiday, Too

published Jan 11, 2020
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If you love Christmas trees so much, you still can’t bear to put yours away, why not leave it out through February? Enough people feel this attached to a decorated tree that they’ve started a new trend: the Valentine’s Day tree. It’s exactly what it sounds like. Take down your Christmas ornaments, replace them with Valentine-themed ones, and voila. The perfect excuse to leave your tree up a little longer.

Whether you love this idea or hate it, it’s hard not to at least be curious. The trend is big enough that the hashtag #valentinesdaytree has been used on more than 1,200 posts on Instagram. Like with Christmas trees, the execution ranges from kitschy to elegant and from mini to over-the-top.

While some people stick with their green Christmas tree and simply swap out their holiday decorations for pink and red garlands and heart-shaped ornaments, others go for entirely new dedicated Valentine’s Day trees.

If you have an artificial Christmas tree, there’s no reason not to continue to decorate it for all the other holidays throughout the year (other than pressure from your guests or strangers on the internet). 

In fact, there are already 266 posts tagged #stpatricksdaytree on Instagram. The green-on-green look really does have potential.

Easter trees appear to be even more popular than Valentine’s Day trees. Between the pastel color palette and the egg and bunny motifs, there’s really a lot to work with.

We even found more than one example of a Mother’s Day tree.

Fourth of July tree? Yeah, those exist too.

Of course, there are Halloween trees. The Nightmare Before Christmas basically invited all of us to mash up the two holidays.

And Thanksgiving trees? You’ve got it. Imagine a decorative gourd tablescape just crammed into a pine tree.

We’re not saying you should leave your Christmas tree out year-round. But we’re not not saying it either.