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Appalachia Through My Eyes – Taking The Tree Down

chatter and her new guitar

Is your Christmas tree still up? Mine is-actually all 3 of ours are still up. At least I think they are-me and the girls have hightailed it to the big mountains of NC for a few days-but when we left the holler all the trees were still up-and I doubt The Deer Hunter and Ruby Sue have touched them in our absence.

I take lots of photos during Christmas. The one above is my favorite from this year. About 2 weeks before Christmas-a Dear Lady passing away at the age of 100 led us to the Blueridge guitar in a round about way-the rambling story doesn’t really matter. What does matter is Chatter now has a fine guitar to play. She’s proved she’s worth the investment of a real instrument by playing the hand me down-been broke in 2 pieces and glued back together-Fender she’s used for the last 2 years.

Now back to your Christmas tree-Frank C. Brown says this:

  • take Christmas decorations down before the month is out or misfourtune will come to the house
  • never leave the Christmas tree up over New Years or it will bring bad luck
  • it is bad luck to take Christmas decorations down before Old Christmas (Jan 6) or to leave them up afterwards
  • Christmas decorations left hanging after 12th night (old Christmas) bring bad luck


Appalachia Through My Eyes – A series of photographs from my life in Southern Appalachia.


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  • Reply
    December 30, 2011 at 1:04 am

    I’m so happy Chatter got her new guitar. She certainly deserves it.
    What did Chitter get this year?
    How many instruments do those girls play?

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    December 28, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    That’s a mighty fine looking guitar and a nice hard shell case to keep it in, too.
    Our tree is still up, but it’ll be coming down tomorrow.
    Getting ready to bring in the new year here on the farm.
    Sure wish you could come celebrate with us!

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    December 28, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    I don’t believe in luck – good or bad; I believe in God, and I take our decorations down New Year’s weekend.
    God bless.

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    Tim Mclemore
    December 28, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    Don’t know much about when to put up or take down Christmas decorations, I do see a lot of folks around here leave them up year round, sort of the Jeff Foxworthy look, if you know what I mean.. That is a nice guitar tho, I know she is going to treasure it for a long time to come, by the way what ever happen to the fiddle player.

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    December 28, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    Just took my tree down this morning! An artifical tree, it is; limbs all stiff and dusty! I kept thinking, as I tied each section together, if this were a real cedar, it could be taken over into the woods and some little critter could take shelter underneath its branches.

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    December 28, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    I bet the Deer Hunter will have
    everything all straightened up by
    the time you and the girls get
    back, if he gets a round tuit.
    Looks like Chatter got a real nice
    Christmas present. Can’t wait to
    hear her singing and playing her

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    December 28, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    I guess I can be blamed for all the bad luck. I do not put up a tree, but I have a green garland swagged between kitchen and livingroom. This will be the second season it has NOT been taken down. Yes the decorations are a little dusty, but….. My daughter is going to help take it down this year. lol

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    barb Johnson
    December 28, 2011 at 11:21 am

    Never mind about the tree..I so want to hear the story of the guitar!

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    December 28, 2011 at 10:57 am

    I usually take them down Christmas night or the next day, after the guests leave. Rarely put a tree up. This year’s is a tiny live tree that could only hold eight tiny ornaments and used my pearl necklace as a garland. Parents would take the decorations etc. down usually within 4 days after Christmas.

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    Elizabeth K
    December 28, 2011 at 9:59 am

    Our tree comes down on the sixth. I can’t imagine celebrating New Year’s Eve and day without it!

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    December 28, 2011 at 9:50 am

    I always leave our tree up until Old Christmas. I want to enjoy it as long as possible! 😀

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    Ed Ammons
    December 28, 2011 at 9:47 am

    Nellie Pearl Coleman McClure 1911-2011?
    I would like to hear the story sometime.

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    Uncle Al
    December 28, 2011 at 9:27 am

    I suppose ours will come down this weekend as well. Have heard many variations of the date(s) you should take down the tree. I don’t know if John complied or not, but I’d say he probably did. 🙂

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    dolores barton
    December 28, 2011 at 9:13 am

    As a kid we took the tree down after the celebration of the three kings. Now I have my own time line and remove everything soon after the celebration of Christmas. I still love to look at the lights and enjoy the beauty of a decorated tree. I hope you enjoy your few days of relaxation. Happy day!

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    B. Ruth
    December 28, 2011 at 8:57 am

    In my Hamlet…
    To stay the tree or de-tree before the New Year, that is the question:
    Whether tis nobler in the mind to aquire the luck of outrageous fortune or oppose them and let the tree stay past the New Year, drop needles and die to be no more!
    To be danged if you do and danged if you don’t…..
    B. Ruth Shakespit….
    PS…Great picture of Chatter and the guitar…

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    Sheryl Paul
    December 28, 2011 at 8:47 am

    We have always left ours up through New Years. A few times until the 6th, but always after Jan. 1

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    December 28, 2011 at 8:44 am

    i can tell you for sure none of this is true. for the past 2 years, this will be the 3rd, I have left my tree up until Feb 1. no bad luck at all. yesterday i put away the santas and everything but the tree, it will sit there until the end of January. we love using it for light while watching TV at night.

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    Rick Kratzke
    December 28, 2011 at 8:31 am

    I didn’t know about the bad luck thing with taking the tree down. We always took are down on the 1st.

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    Debby Brown
    December 28, 2011 at 8:28 am

    Ours always have and still do, stay up till after the 1st. A friend from England told me that it was bad to take it down before the 6th, but I stick with how I been learned. haha.. On a strange note.. as a child our tree went up in our living room which was only heated by a fireplace. One Christmas a really bad cold spell hit us. We just left it up and went back to staying in the rest of the house as usual, during winter. That tree did not go out until March! That’s the record for us.. and I want you to know.. that tree was still just as green as it could be!

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    December 28, 2011 at 8:17 am

    John-well did you : ) ?????
    Blind Pig The Acorn
    Celebrating and Preserving the
    Culture of Appalachia

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    December 28, 2011 at 8:14 am

    Mike-It is confusing-I bet the information Mr. Brown collected came from folks who celebrated Old Christmas (Jan 6) and those who didn’t!
    Blind Pig The Acorn
    Celebrating and Preserving the
    Culture of Appalachia

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    Mike McLain
    December 28, 2011 at 7:56 am

    Don’t know what to do now. Leaving tree up after the New Year is bad luck and taking it down before January 6 is bad luck.
    Regardless, ours will probably come down on January 2. We will just have to take our chances, I guess.

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    Melissa P (Misplaced Southerner)
    December 28, 2011 at 7:54 am

    Well, heck! They totally contradict each other. I guess we’re taking our tree down this coming weekend. Why? Heck it’s a three-day weekend for us and that’s a better time than most. Besides, there’s gonna be lots of football to enjoy while we’re taking the tree down.

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    December 28, 2011 at 4:38 am

    Jan 6 is the usual day to take the decorations down in England. Some people are very particular about this, including the parents of a boy that I used to care for who insisted that the decorations in his room must come down on that day – rather inconveniently as no one was at work that day! Did I comply with her wishes or not?

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