it’s the monday giggles…
Christmas Day has come and gone but don’t be tempted to take your Christmas decorations down too quickly because tradition stipulates it should stay up for a little while longer!
However, that won’t stop some people who have most likely already stripped their homes of all things red & green and packed them tightly away for next Season.
However, Christian tradition, dating back to the 4th century, marks the Eve of the Epiphany (or 12 nights after Christmas) as the time to take down your tree and pack away your decorations again.
That means you still have some time left to enjoy the Christmas twinkling lights!
Yes, because the Eve of the Epiphany falls on the 5th or 6th of January in 2019 – depending on whether you count December 25th as day one – there is still ample time for egg-nog sharing & Christmas merriment to be made!
The Epiphany is also a celebration in itself, marking the Three Kings visiting Baby Jesus in his manger in Bethlehem, with their gifts of Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh. This is why the tradition of visiting loved one’s, during the 12 Days of Christmas, became a beloved tradition for many people throughout the centuries!
I remember fondly, as a child, making the rounds to family & friend’s homes with our parents to gather around their Christmas trees where they would have the gifts they’d received, from good old Saint Nick, displayed. There were even a few years our mother would not allow my sister or I to put away our presents until each of our Aunts or Uncles had made their annual Christmas visit.
And snowstorms or flu-epidemics were often not deterrents!
I do understand that some people believe that you may have bad luck in the New Year if you take your tree down after midnight on December 31st.
But as for myself…I’m not that superstitious.
And even if I were a ‘tidge worried…let’s not forget there is always the traditional pork & sauerkraut dinner on New Year’s Day to ward off any bad luck for the New Year, which may have been incurred by leaving the Christmas tree fully intact until the Epiphany!
When do you take your Christmas decorations down?
holiday hugs n’ blessings to you, no matter when you do!