Help! How Long Can I Leave The Christmas Lights Up?

- Very Serious: An Advice Column By Kelly Conaboy -
Help! How Long Can I Leave The Christmas Lights Up?

Kelly Conaboy is writing an advice column for Dipp readers. It's going to be very serious. So serious, in fact, we named it Very Serious: An Advice Column by Kelly Conaboy. Just email her at with whatever's bothering you and each week, Kelly will solve one lucky reader's biggest problem. You can read all of Kelly's excellent advice here.

Dear Kelly,

In Taylor Swift’s “Lover” she says: “We can leave the Christmas lights up 'til January.” That is obvious, and we’re already keeping them up ‘til January. But I’m wondering — what is the absolute latest we can reasonably keep the Christmas lights up ‘til?



I have a strong opinion about this, Anna, so I’m happy you asked.

Actually — I have two strong opinions about this.

The first strong opinion is that in Taylor Swift’s “Lover” lyric, she should have said “February” rather than “January.” It would have been the same in terms of rhythm and rhyme, and it makes much more sense for the reason you’ve already pointed out: everyone leaves the lights up ‘til January. Even if you descended from a family that took the lights down on December 26, leaving them up 5 extra days does not seem to me to be particularly rebellious; certainly not rebellious enough to warrant pointing out in song. We can leave the Christmas lights up 'til February, however … now that’s something. I’m willing to consult on future lyrics if Taylor Swift is reading this.

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