Americans Are Leaving Their Christmas Trees Up Way After December

Find out which states leave their tree up the longest.

Tradition says you should take your Christmas tree down on January 6, but there's really no hard and fast rules when it comes to packing up the holiday decor. Some people take it down right after Christmas to start the year with a clean decor slate, while others leave the tree up the whole month of January to combat the post-holiday winter blues.

To find out the average amount of time people leave their tree up, holiday decor brand Treetopia conducted a survey of more than 3,500 Americans about their post-holiday decor habits. They found that on average, Americans take their tree down about three weeks (2.9 weeks, to be exact) after Christmas. And 25% of those surveyed admitted to judging those who take the tree down later than "the norm."

As part of the survey, Treetopia also discovered which states leave their trees up the longest. Residents in Arizona, Illinois, and Maryland have the most post-Christmas cheer: They reported leaving their trees up for more than 4 weeks after Christmas, which would be around January 24.

elegant living room with elaborate christmas tree
Jay Wilde

Of course, there are some Scrooges too. North Carolinians take their trees down faster than anyone else in the country, at 2.1 weeks after Christmas, which is around January 8. Those in West Virginia, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, and New Hampshire take theirs down only a few days after that, at 2.3 weeks after Christmas—around January 11.

Whether you've already taken your tree down or are holding out for a few more weeks, see if your holiday decor schedule lines up with your state. Of course, if you're not ready to take the tree down at all this month, a Valentine's Day tree is the perfect excuse to leave it up through February.

Average Time After Christmas Each State Takes the Tree Down

Here are Treetopia's findings of the average amount of time after Christmas that residents of each state take their tree down.

Alabama 2.3 Weeks January 11
Alaska 3.4 Weeks January 18
Arizona 4.1 Weeks January 23
Arkansas 2.8 Weeks January 14
California 3.3 Weeks January 17
Colorado 3.3 Weeks January 17
Connecticut 2.8 Weeks January 14
Delaware 2.6 Weeks January 13
Florida 2.8 Weeks January 14
Georgia 3.6 Weeks January 20
Hawaii 2.7 Weeks January 13
Idaho 2.5 Weeks January 12
Illinois 4.2 Weeks January 23
Indiana 2.8 Weeks January 14
Iowa 2.9 Weeks January 14
Kansas 2.4 Weeks January 12
Kentucky 3.5 Weeks January 19
Louisiana 2.5 Weeks January 12
Maine 2.8 Weeks January 14
Maryland 4.1 Weeks January 23
Massachusetts 2.6 Weeks January 13
Michigan 2.9 Weeks January 14
Minnesota 2.3 Weeks January 11
Mississippi 2.3 Weeks January 11
Missouri 3.4 Weeks January 18
Montana 2.3 Weeks January 11
Nebraska 2.6 Weeks January 13
Nevada 2.7 Weeks January 13
New Hampshire 2.3 Weeks January 11
New Jersey 3.3 Weeks January 17
New Mexico 2.9 Weeks January 14
New York 2.9 Weeks January 14
North Carolina 2.1 Weeks January 8
North Dakota 2.5 Weeks January 12
Ohio 2.6 Weeks January 13
Oklahoma 2.5 Weeks January 12
Oregon 2.5 Weeks January 12
Pennsylvania 3.0 Weeks January 15
Rhode Island 3.3 Weeks January 17
South Carolina No data No data
South Dakota 3.3 Weeks January 17
Tennessee 2.4 Weeks January 12
Texas 3.7 Weeks January 20
Utah No data No data
Vermont 2.8 Weeks January 14
Virginia 2.4 Weeks January 12
Washington 3.2 Weeks January 16
West Virginia 2.3 Weeks January 11
Wisconsin 3.0 Weeks January 15
Wyoming No data No data
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