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When Do You Take Down the Decorations?

It's a week after Christmas, and all through Napa Santa is still hanging around. When is the right time to take down the tree and bring in the lawn deer?

A month ago, seeing Santa was a cause for joy and wonder.

But by New Year's, shouldn't the jolly old elf be relieved of duty after all his hard work?

Instead, on Dec. 31 we found Mr. Claus still doing his best to entertain passersby on Dry Creek Road in rural Napa, gamely dangling from the jaws of a hungry-looking dinosaur.

Meanwhile, on Penny Lane, east of the city, one of the area's most colorful and celebrated holiday displays was already packed up on New Year's Eve.

These observations raise the question: When is it time to bring in the holiday decor?

Take our poll, and let's find out what Napa thinks.

For a look at some of the great holiday houses of 2012—and the chance to help a North Bay school district earn a $100,000 prize—check out and vote for your favorite display.

Tot Balay January 01, 2012 at 09:18 PM
In spite of everyone's knowing about the partridge in the pear tree, people often forget that Christmas has 12 days. December 25 is only the first day of Christmas! We'll take down our tree tongith - because tomorrow is the day the city collects them from the curbside - but wreaths, greenery, and lights will stay until the eve of January 5, also known as Twelfthnight.
Tot Balay January 01, 2012 at 09:19 PM
Actually, we'll take down our tree TONIGHT.
Louisa Hufstader January 02, 2012 at 12:06 AM
Thanks, Tot. Napa's tree collection is Jan. 7, so we have a bit more leeway here—I know I'm not ready to say goodbye to our sweet little tree and in fact, we have not even finished bringing out all the display: I was just Skyping with Dad to check when I should bring the Three Kings to join the rest of the Neapolitan figurines (now down to Yonder Shepherd, a farm lady, Mary and some random 18th-century noblewoman with fringe on her dress). He said Jan. 6.
Jessica Penman January 02, 2012 at 07:27 AM
Where's that dinosaur?
Louisa Hufstader January 02, 2012 at 08:27 PM
The dinos are on narrow and winding Dry Creek Road, Paula, where we had the heck of a time getting a photo.

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