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When should you take down Christmas decorations?

By on January 6, 2017

img_0198Christmas Day might have passed, but when should you officially take down your decorations?
It’s a long held tradition that it is bad luck to keep decorations up too long. But how long is too long?
Some people take down their decorations on Boxing Day.

Officially, it is any time after the Twelfth Night, which is the 12th night after Christmas Day (January 5). However, many people take down their decorations on the day of the Epiphany (January 6) as they consider that to be the 12th night after Christmas. Clearly it depends on your definitions – but either way, they should be removed on either of those dates to avoid 2017 being even worse than 2016 (God no). If you miss that crucial January 6th date, there is still a way to avoid misfortune.
There is an old tradition that was marked by Christians in the 1500s that had people keeping their decorations up until Candalmas on February 2. So if you forget to take down your decorations, you can always wait until then too.

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