This may seem strange to some. We try to keep the Christmas tree as long as possible each year. One year it was mid-March before the tree returned to the outdoors (that was back when we cut trees from our own property).Last year it was mid-Feb.
This year, today was the day. We cut the tree in early December, and it has been lately dropping needles — although it continued to drink water heartily (2-6 liters per day, every day) and was developing new growth where sunlight hit it,
so we (sadly) stopped watering it two days ago, undecorated it last night, and around noontime today we decided that the least messy and least arduous method for returning it to the great outdoors would be to lop off the tree’s bottom branches inside the house and then to shove it and the loppings out of a nearby window. From there, it could all be carried into the woodsy back yard.