• July 16, 2024

‘Most popular’ date to take down your Christmas tree and decorations

Many people often debate when it comes to the date Christmas decor should be put up and taken down, with some putting them up weeks or months before the big day itself.

Traditionally, the Christmas tree is supposed to be put up at the start of Advent, and the start date changes every year.

Others put their tree up during November, while some opt to put it up 12 days before Christmas.

For some, removing the decorations is a sign of a fresh start and a chance to de-clutter the home after Christmas Day.

Experts at Christmas Tree World explained: “Taking down your Christmas tree may feel like the end of a joyful period, and when you do, it is entirely down to you.

“For some, the date of choice is the Twelfth Night on January 5. But many choose something else. So, the question of when to take down your Christmas tree and Christmas tree decorations is always a debate.

“Do you take them down on Boxing Day after the relatives have departed and the festivities are over? Or do you leave them up for longer, enjoying the carols and baubles as long as possible?

“Several traditions and festival dates are tied to the question of when to take down your Christmas tree and decorations. Many of these are feast days according to Christian tradition.”

Twelfth Night falls on January 5 and is the “most popular time” to take down the Christmas tree and decoration and this tradition dates back to the 4th century.

The experts said this date is popular because it’s the natural end of the festive season.

The Christmas Tree World pros added: “Popular as Twelfth Night is, Epiphany of January 6 is the other favourite time to take down Christmas trees, Christmas baubles and other Christmas lights.

“Over time, Epiphany became the Feast of the Three Kings, and people celebrate it on January 6. Over the years, it has acquired various other names including Theophany, Three Kings Day and Little Christmas.”

According to the Catholic Church, the best time to put festive decorations down is Candlemas Day. While some superstitions say it is unlucky to leave Christmas decor up past January 6, the experts note: “An answering superstition suggests it is bad luck to take them down before Candlemas.

“Sometimes called The Presentation of Christ in the Temple or the Purification of Mary, Candlemas celebrates the presentation of baby Jesus and Mary at the temple 40 days after his birth.”

Another superstition many believe is that if you leave your tree up later than midnight on December 31, you risk bringing the old year’s troubles into the new one.

The experts explained: “For that reason, many people choose to take down their Christmas tree before midnight on New Year’s Eve.

“Other traditions explicitly state that you cannot bring mistletoe into the house earlier than New Year’s Eve, meaning that whatever decorations you’re taking down, this is one you should be putting up as the old year dies.”

While some traditions may claim it is bad luck to leave decorations up for too long, it often comes down to personal choice.

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