Twelfth Night - Traditionally this is the day that Christmas decorations are taken down.
The reason for this is that in colonial America a Christmas wreath was always left up on the front door of each home, and when taken down at the end of the Twelve Days of Christmas, any edible portions would be consumed with the other foods of the feast. The same held true in the 19th-20th centuries with fruits adorning Christmas trees. Fresh fruits were hard to come by, and were therefore considered fine and proper gifts and decorations for the tree, wreaths, and home. Again, the tree would be taken down on Twelfth Night, and such fruits, along with nuts and other local produce used, would then be consumed.
When putting away your holiday decorations, discard any that are broken or shabby. Check if your town has a tree recycling program, whereby you can leave your tree at the curb for collection.
Go through the Christmas cards you received and make note of any address changes. Old Christmas cards make great gift tags, save these to use next year.
To store your festive wrapping paper, white gift boxes, tissue paper, gift bags and gift tags made from recycled Christmas cards, take a large cardboard box that a gift was shipped in (everyone must have a few of these), wrap it in Christmas paper and you are set for next year!
Small plastic drawers on wheels are perfect for tree decorations. Organized by color and type, it makes decorating the tree much easier.