So, here it is the 8th Day of Christmas

My local retail establishments are setting up Valentine’s Day displays, and driving around I see many many Christmas trees at the curb for tomorrow’s recycle pick-up. (The artificial trees? I think they’re down already.)

So it’s up to we of the Secular persuasion to hold to the tradition. My tree – living (okay, recently murdered) and smelling sweet – will stand proud until at least the 12th day. And perhaps beyond depending on my mood.



9 responses to “So, here it is the 8th Day of Christmas

  1. When we lived on St. Croix in the Caribbean, Christmas always lasted through 3-Kings-Day (the 12th day) when there would be a big party and parade. Then, and only then, would it be back to work. So leave that tree up… it’s far too early for Valentines Day!


    • Okay, Don, tree stays up till Jan 6 at least! It was, by the way, Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night.

      And Happy New Year to you – it’s going to be an interesting one for we SW FL Dems for sure!


  2. Ours gets undecorated on the 6th and moved to another spot but stays up all year. It’s a potted rosemary that I’ve spent years trimming and tending into a conical tree shape. 😆


  3. An herb tree??? And it stays sturdy???? Very cool anyway.


    • Yep. Quite sturdy. Rosemary is tough. It’s even used as hedges in parts of the Mediterranean, Moe. And keeping it properly pruned is no issue since we use a LOT of rosemary in our cooking and a fair amount in our brewing (Rosemary-Ginger meade and a Rosemary-Thyme Pilsner)


  4. C’mon Moe, you’re not really patriotic unless you’re ready to start shopping for the next holiday, anyway.


  5. The first American President to have a Christmas tree in the White House was Franklin Pierce in 1856. Theodore Roosevelt interrupted the tradition in 1900 out of concern over national consumption of evergreen trees, but Woodrow Wilson presided over the first national Christmas tree in 1913. About 20% of American homes had decorated Christmas trees at the beginning of the 20th century and about 85% had decorated trees near that end of that century.


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