It's National Take Down The Christmas Tree Day.

So why is January 6th, of all days, the day you should take down your Christmas tree? Well, let's take a tiny step back. Do you know that song "The 12 Days of Christmas"? The one with the partridge in a pear tree and all those people dancing and whatnot? Well, that song actually refers to Christmas and the 11 days after. It's the day known as "Epiphany," a Christian feast day.

Now that we've got through the "why January 6th" part, let's get to the "why you really should" part.

If you have a real Christmas tree, those things are dang ol' firebombs at this point. I have very personal experience with this when I had the opportunity to dispose of several Christmas trees in a burn barrel. Old Christmas trees go up like they are covered in gasoline. I cannot stress it enough: if you have a dry tree or wreath in your house, get it out as soon as possible. If your tree is still moister than an oyster, you'll probably be OK, but do yourself a favor and watch the video as a stark reminder that you need to keep an eye on it.

So what about the rest of you with artificial trees? I personally see no reason to do this on a Thursday when you have a perfectly good weekend right around the corner. As a matter of fact, I respect your right to keep the tree up all year long if it brings you joy. Myself, I've had a Halloween tree up for nearly two years (so long the lights have burned out).

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