Christmas decorations: when should they be removed?


Christmas has come and gone, presents have been opened and holiday food has been eaten, and now it’s back to reality for many of us.

So when do you take down the Christmas tree and decorations?

Some are eager to refurbish their homes and take down the Christmas or boxing decorations, but the tradition since the Victorian era has been to take down the decorations on Twelfth Night.

The tradition is to remove their decorations on the twelfth night, the twelfth day after Christmas, or Thursday, January 6, 2022.

The twelfth night marks the end of the holiday season and some believe it is unlucky to keep decorations past that date.

Catholics traditionally wait until January 7 to remove their Christmas tree and decorations as it is the day after Epiphany. Epiphany is a feast day that celebrates the revelation of God incarnate in Jesus Christ.

Some also think it’s bad luck to cut down your tree sooner or later.

Legend says that tree spirits reside in the Christmas greenery and once the holiday season is over, they are to be released into the wild.

Failure to do so means the greenery won’t grow back in the spring, according to legend.

Of course, ultimately, you should retire your Christmas tree and decorations when it’s best for you and your family.


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