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Christmas Decorations: When Is The Time To Put Them Down?

Little boy preparing Christmas lights on Christmas tree

It is now the middle of January, so you have to ask yourself: are your Christmas decorations still up? If so, it raises the question, if you haven’t put down your decoration by this point, when is the best time to do it? 

It can be a pain to unload and take off all your Christmas decorations across your home, but there comes a time when you have to do it. So when is that time? 

Taking Off Your Christmas Decorations On The Twelfth Night 

For many families, there is a religious aspect to keeping their decorations after the festive period. Christians believe that on the Twelfth Night, also known as the Eve of Epiphany, and is on January 5th, it is the ideal time to remove the decorations. It is considered unlucky to remove it before then. 

Removing Christmas Decorations On The 6th 

There is some disagreement as to whether January 5th or January 6th is actually the Twelfth Night. This version follows the Christian belief that that the Magi (also known as three kings) didn’t actually arrive in Bethlehem with his presents for Jesus until January 6th. 

Christmas Light Decorations

It is considered a very European tradition (with Spaniards, Germans, Poles and Czechs following it), and much like the unluckiness that comes with removing the lights a day before January 5th, the same unlucky feeling resolves around January 6th. 

Tradition says that if you remove your Christmas decorations before January 6th, the wise men might not be able to find their way – as the Christmas lights represent the Star of Bethlehem. 

Remove Your Christmas Decorations When You Want 

However, if you are religious, you can take off your Christmas decorations at any time. Whether you do it later or earlier, it is up to you. The most important thing is to make sure that your properly store and pack your decorations, so they are safe for next Christmas. \

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