Christmas Day has come and gone now. All that excitement and build up for one day and it goes away just as fast as it came. For years and years our family ALWAYS had a real Christmas tree until recently when, for some mysterious reason, they switched to an artificial tree. I had to have “the talk” with my parents this year about throwing the artificial tree out and going back to a REAL Christmas tree. I think we’re back on track for next year!
Now the arduous, and somewhat depressing, task of removing the Christmas tree is upon us. My Mom would always keep the tree up until after new year’s eve, usually settling on January 2nd. The removal of the tinsel, candy canes (the world’s second grossest candy), old decorations (that should have been thrown out years earlier), and the vacuuming of pine needles would occur. Furniture would be rearranged back to pre-Christmas spots and the left over turkey would be sliced up and put into a stew or soup to be frozen and enjoyed 10 more times.
When do you normally take down your tree? Some like to do it right away while others wait until after Ukrainian Christmas. For those of you who have a real Christmas tree and will be taking it down right away, the City of Regina will accept them until January 31st at various locations. These include 500 Arcola Avenue, Joanne Goulet Golf Course (8045 Kestral Dr.), Kinsmen Park South, and the City landfill at 1101 Fleet Street. The City of Regina reminds you to remove the decorations and make sure it’s in disposable bag.