Christmas Decorations are a point of controversy when it comes to putting them up and taking them down. As the nation battles the lull between Christmas and New Year’s Eve, thousands of Brits are contemplating the age-old debate – when to pack the festive decorations away. From getting rid of the tree to taking down the many sets of lights around the house, when is the right time to bring Christmas to an end?
When to take your Christmas decorations down
Putting up the Christmas decorations is enough to get anyone in the festive mood, but taking them down can quickly signify the end of the celebrations.
With the prospect of a New Year and the dreaded return to work looming, many of us can find ourselves reluctant to box up the wreaths, baubles and stockings.
For some, removing the decorations is the sign of a fresh start and a chance to de-clutter your home after the Christmas chaos comes to an end – but when is too soon?
January 1 is a popular date for Brits to begin boxing up, but one timeless tradition says otherwise.
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The 12 days of Christmas is a well-known concept even to this day, despite dating back to the 4th century.
As an age-old Christian tradition, the Twelfth Night is often seen as the right time to take down the festive decorations.
This special date (January 5) signifies the end of Christmas and the Eve of the Epiphany.
It is thought that taking down the decorations before this date is equally as unlucky as leaving them up beyond January 5, though there is some confusion over the date.
Is it bad luck to leave Christmas decorations up for too long?
While some religious or even family traditions may claim that it is bad luck to leave decorations up for too long, it really comes down to a personal choice.
It is not common knowledge that leaving decorations up brings bad luck – in fact, it was standard practice to leave decorations up until February during Medieval times.
Between 1066 and 1485, medieval Britain would keep Christmas decorations up as late as February 2.
This was to signify the end of Christmas and the beginning of Candlemas – also known as the Feast of the Presentation of Jesus Christ.