TODAY, JANUARY 6TH, IS TAKE DOWN YOUR CHRISTMAS TREE DAY
Have you already taken down your Christmas tree?
Or have you waited for January 6th to take down your tree?
January 6th is also known as the Epiphany, Little Christmas, or Three Kings Day. It marks the end of the 12 days of Christmas and celebrates the arrival of the Magi (the Three Kings) to visit the baby Jesus. Traditionally, this is seen as the closing of the Christmas season. And did you know there is a superstition that it's bad luck to keep Christmas decorations up after January 6th, potentially hindering the growth of crops and greenery in the coming year.
Superstitions aside, in my case, my trees will stay up through tomorrow -- which is Russian Orthodox Christmas, which follows the Julian calendar. While I'm not Russian Orthodox, my grandmother was and we always celebrated two Christmases, as a result.
Of course, there's no hard and fast rule about when you should take down your Christmas tree. Some people prefer to keep it up for a bit longer, while others are eager to get it out of sight as soon as possible.
Making The Most Of Taking Down Your Christmas Tree:
- Get the whole family involved by turning it into a fun activity: play carols, make hot cocoa, and share favorite memories from the holiday season.
Recycle your tree responsibly. Find out about your community's tree recycling programs.
- Pack away your decorations with care. Label your containers to make next year's decorating a breeze. Tips to store your Christmas tree ornaments.
- Plan ahead for next year. Reflect on what you loved and what you might change about your decorations for next season.