Why Dolly Parton Leaves Her Christmas Decorations Up Until Late January

by Katie Maloney

Dolly Parton reveals her own holiday tradition: leaving her Christmas decorations up beyond mid-January.

Some people consider leaving your decorations up past December to be a Christmas abomination. However, Parton has never been one to follow the rules. Parton says that her Christmas decorations must stay up until at least January 19th. Why? Because that’s the country music icon’s birthday.

“I put up my Christmas decorations the day after Thanksgiving,” Parton said during an interview. “I celebrate Christmas and Thanksgiving until my birthday on the 19th of January and I always make them leave my decorations up until after my birthday, ’cause I am still celebrating,” she says.

Dolly Parton celebrates Christmas through her birthday on January 19th.
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Do You Follow The Dolly Parton Tradition?

When Parton does take down her decorations, she will be celebrating her 75th birthday. And Parton is celebrating this milestone, not by slowing down, but by releasing new music, specials, and merchandise. Earlier this year, Parton dropped “Holly Dolly Christmas,” her first Christmas album in three decades. Additionally, Parton released her Netflix special, “Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square.” She even launched a bakeware line and a special Christmas merchandise collection. That’s definitely a year of accomplishments worth keeping the Christmas tree up for!

And it seems like Parton isn’t the only one who will be keeping her decorations up for a little longer than usual this year. According to a study, more than half of Americans think it’s absolutely fine to leave holiday decorations up past the beginning of January. Additionally, the study reveals that holiday decorations are helping bring light to a pretty dark year. The study reports that 83% of participants said decorations are helping bring more joy during the pandemic. If leaving our Christmas lights up through January can kick-start 2021 as a year of light and blessings, we’re plugging in our front yard inflatable snowglobe as we write this!