We heat our home with a wood stove. We always take the tree down before January 1st. The needles just keep dropping! It's a mess. We do leave all the other decorations up throughout the house though. Most of them are snowmen so they stay up all through winter.
My wife informed me that she is planning to take our trees down today while I am at work. They have been up since the middle of November so it is time. Down here there is an old wives tale about it being bad luck to have them up on New Year's.
We have a fake tree and we usually keep ours up until New Year's. It is more out of laziness than anything else, though, haha. It looks pretty up, but after a certain period of time, I feel like it's more appropriate to take it down.
I've never heard that it's bad luck to have a tree up on New Year's Day. I've heard the opposite. The Twelve Days of Christmas start on Christmas day and end on January 7th, the day after Epiphany. I think a lot of people confuse Advent with the Twelve Days of Christmas.
I already took everything down. The wife doesn't care if they are up or not and the youngest kept pulling at things. We also seem to be leaving for my sons checkup earlier then previous years. So it just seemed right while I had the time. Otherwise January 6th is the typical day I like to take stuff down.
I took the tree down this morning. My wife had to work today and it's just me and the girls. We made a game out of it and thought we'd surprise my wife and have it all done before she gets home. Now, the reward is to head outside and play in the snow.