While visions of sugarplums danced in their heads…. Undeck the Halls ? It seems as though I just finished the final touches of my Holiday decorating. Is it time to take the decorations down already? My answer to everything… I googled it, and I found a very interesting article in the Duluth News Tribune called, “When to take down Christmas decorations?“
This article, written by Mike Creger, shares input from Duluth News Tribune Readers, as one states, “many follow the 12 days of Christmas tradition — that the first day of Christmas is Dec. 25, not Dec. 13, with decorations coming down on Three Kings Day, or Epiphany… which is Jan. 6… This was the symbol of the ending of the holiday season.”
Mike Creger writes, “As the Bible story goes, three kings, or wise men — Balthasar, Caspar and Melchior — saw a bright star on the night Jesus was born. They followed it and, 12 days later, presented their gifts to the newborn. The day of Epiphany is Jan. 6, and cultures around the world celebrate on the night before or on that day. Many customs include taking down the Christmas tree, a treat for children as they are allowed to eat the goodies laden on the tree or underneath it.” For those that need a reason, that certainly makes sense to me. Though I have always kept my decorations up through mid January, and taken them down a week or so after the kids go back to school. I have to admit, there have been seasons where my family and I have left our decorations up until January 31st! We love the twinkling lights of the tree. We have even continued through the winter with just the white lights as decorations on our palm trees behind our home. Perhaps the white lights replace the snow that we miss in Florida?!