When is Twelfth Night and when you should take Christmas decorations down

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When is Twelfth Night and when you should take Christmas decorations down

The Twelfth Night is traditionally considered as the last day of Christmas and when we should take our decorations down.

According to superstition it is bad luck to keep them on display 12 days after Christmas Day.

So, if you want to follow with the tradition you should have the decorations down by Saturday, January 5.

This belief stems back to the olden days when people used to decorate their homes with ivy and holly.

They used to think tree spirits lived in the greenery and made sure all their festive ornaments and trimmings were taken down in the first week of the new year to set them free.

If the custom wasn’t followed it was said to affect the vegetation and greenery for the next twelve months.

The day of the epiphany is January 6 and in Christian religions it celebrates the time the Three Wise Men (also referred to as Magi) visited baby Jesus – it also remembers his baptism.

How to get rid of a real tree

Christmas decorations on display
Christmas decorations on display

If you opted for a real tree this year then you should find the nearest recycling location.

Most people take a visit to their local tip with the Christmas tree as all household waste disposal and recycling centres have the facility for it be recycled.

It’s also a good opportunity to get rid of all the wrapping paper, cardboard boxes and bubble wrap from the big day.

What is the best way to store an artificial tree?

If you have an artificial tree the best way to store it is in the cardboard box it came in. If you’ve had your tree for some time and have lost the box you can buy a pack of boxes from Amazon or Argos.

Keep baubles, tinsel and other ornaments and decorations in plastic boxes to avoid them being crushed.

If you have glass or porcelain ones wrap them in tissue paper or bubble wrap first so they don’t crack.

Once everything is packed up place the boxes in a cool, dry place.

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