Then on January 29, 2017, I went for a walk and around the neighborhood and noted that the tree was still up, over two months after it first appeared.
Welp, I went for a walk this morning before work, and as you can see above, the tree's still proudly blazing away in the window. On February 15th, 2017. Over three months after it was first spotted.
For anyone who picked Valentine's Day in the "How Long Will The Xmas Tree Stay Up" pool, sorry! Better luck next year!
I can think of several explanations as to why this Xmas tree is still up:
1. The homeowners are reeeeeally lazy, and just haven't been able to bring themselves to get up off the couch and take it down.
2. They're getting a reeeeeally big head start on Xmas 2017.
3. The string of lights on the tree shorted out and the plug fused to the outlet, so it's impossible to unplug it, shut it off or take down the tree.
4. The person who lives here unfortunately expired back in November, and their bloated carcass is lying on the floor next to the tree, its lights burning merrily away until they finally flicker and die as well.