According to an age-old tradition, Christmas lasts for 12 days after December 25 and the tree must be taken down on the twelfth day, called the day of Epiphany. Taking the tree down a day before or day after supposedly brings bad luck.
As the holiday season comes to an end, the cleaning up of Christmas decor is bound to start sooner or later. Even though December 25 is long and gone, we are still technically celebrating the 12 days of Christmas and that means the Christmas tree will stay in the corner of the room for few more days. Many people have asked when is the best time to take down the tree? Well, there's a pretty good answer for that.
According to an age-old tradition, Christmas trees are taken down 12 days after Christmas, but there has been some dispute over the date. The Church of England says January 5 is the Twelfth Night while some people count the 12 days after Christmas beginning on Boxing Day meaning it would fall on January 6.
Even though many Christian groups have reportedly disagreed which date is the correct one, tradition dictates that the Twelfth Night is the best time to take down your festive decorations, including your tree.
So what is this 12th night? Going by the Church of England, the Twelfth Night is January 5 and the day of Epiphany, which is when the three wise men came to visit baby Jesus in the manger bearing gifts. The main reason people take their Christmas trees down on the Twelfth Night is that it officially marks the end of Christmas. According to the legend, it is said to bring bad luck to keep the tree after 12 days as the tree spirits take shelter in Christmas greenery during the festive season.
Once this time has passed, the spirits that are inhabiting the tree need to be released back into the wild and if we fail to do so, legend says that there will be no more greenery in the upcoming spring, and that will lead to farming problems and food shortage.
Children have also been taught in the past that if the Christmas tree is taken before the eve of the Epiphany, the Three Wise Men won't be able to find their way to Jesus. This is mainly because of the Star of Bethlehem, represented by the fairy lights we put up that leads them to Jesus.
So when are you taking down your Christmas tree? Let us know!