If you haven’t gotten around to taking down your Christmas tree just yet, don’t worry
While some people take down their Christmas trees as soon as December 26 rolls around, others wait until the New Year (and sometimes much longer) — but is there actually a correct time to get rid of your holiday centerpiece? According to one tradition, yes.
Although December 25 is the day countless families all over the world celebrate Christmas, Christian tradition dictates that the winter holiday actually lasts until Epiphany, which is celebrated by many on January 6 — twelve days after Christmas.
The religious holiday, which is sometimes referred to as “Three Kings Day,” celebrates the day the three wise men brought gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh to the baby Jesus. The day also serves as the start of the church’s “season of Epiphany,” which ends before Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent.
So what does all of this have to do with Christmas trees?
As Good Housekeeping points out, since the 4th century, many Christians have looked upon the Twelfth Night, which is also referred to as the Eve of the Epiphany, as the formal end of the Christmas season.
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Consequently, according to tradition, Twelfth Night is when those celebrating should take down their trees. Some even believe that if you wait too long after the Christmas season ends to dispose of your evergreen, you could be cursed with bad luck.
Just to be on the safe side, it might be a good idea to set a reminder for January 6.