Just as there are differing opinions on when to put your Christmas tree up, the same goes for the question of when to take down a Christmas tree.
There are several answers to the question of when to take down a Christmas tree. Some are religious based, some are superstitious and some are just plain old common sense. Whichever one you choose, you’ll find it easier to make sure your Christmas tree is taken down in a timely manner once you have a specific date to get it done by. Not that your lazy or anything…right?
Take Down Your Christmas Tree Before The New Year
This is one of the superstitious answers to the question of when to take down your Christmas tree. The reason it falls into the superstition category is because it is thought that if you leave up your Christmas tree past the ringing in of the New Year, you are bringing the past year into the New Year and it is bad luck. So there you have it…take down those trees before January 1st or you will have bad luck all year. Also you are probably sick of all that Yankee swap games and gifts as well as a hangover from your Christmas drinking games.
Take Down Your Christmas Tree On January 5th – The Twelfth Day
The Christmas carol, The Twelve Days of Christmas, is actually based on the belief that Christmas is celebrated for twelve nights beginning on December 25th. This is why there are people who strongly believe that you should keep your Christmas tree up until January 5th which would mark the twelfth day of Christmas.
Take Down Your Christmas Tree On January 6th – The Epiphany
The religious answer to the question of when to take down a Christmas tree is usually that it should be taken down on the Epiphany which is January 6th. This day is also known as Three Kings day. This day is meant to celebrate the fact that God had taken a human form…Jesus.
The Irish call this day “Little Christmas”. It has long since been a tradition for the Irish to keep their tree up until Little Christmas Day when it is taken down. You’re probably sick of looking at that empty Wii box anyways cause you’re playing it the second you opened it and just threw the empty box there. Hey did you get any freeringtones for that new Chocolate or Razr phone?
Take Down Your Christmas Tree When It’s Right For You
This is called the common sense answer to the question of when to take down your Christmas tree. What if you didn’t water your tree as often as you should and it is all dried out (who would let that happen?) are you going to keep a really dead tree in your living room because you are afraid of bad luck? No. You remove it.
What if you Christmas tree is a huge inconvenience in terms of your living space? Are you going to continue to have to eat with TV trays or are you going to move your dining room table back to where it should be? Right. You would take down your Christmas tree as soon as possible and get back your living area.
So while it’s nice to have traditions you really have to make the decision based on what is right for you and your family.