I’ve heard a lot of debate as to when to take down your Christmas tree. In our home, we traditionally put up our Christmas tree on the Sunday after Thanksgiving. By the time January 1st rolls around, we’ve enjoyed its sparkling glory for over a month. Even though I still want to hang on to the magic of the season, there’s definitely another side of me that feels ready to move on.
We take down our Christmas tree on January 1st. It’s the beginning of the New Year and I like the feeling of decluttering our home and enjoying the sleekness of a streamlined environment. Also, the tree begins to shed its needles which I know is another sign that it is time to go. I was really reluctant to take down our tree this year and now, I think I know why. Based on a recent article I read, we are doing it a few days too early.
It might be interesting to learn that there are many people who still follow Christmas tree traditions that have been around for centuries. Most people follow the Twelve Days of Christmas, and take down their tree on the Twelfth Night, which occurs on January 5th. The Twelfth Night represents the official end of Christmas and families celebrate the occasion with parties (I did not know this). Further, some folks believe that if decorations are left up past January 6th, it might be bad luck!
Regardless of where you stand in the Christmas tree debate, I’d like Christmas to continue for one more day on my blog. In early December, I had the pleasure of attending a very fun wreath-making party at my friend, Bethany’s home. I absolutely fell in love with how she decorated her home for the holidays, and asked her if I could come back to take some photos. Her home is so beautiful, enjoy!
| Bethany and Séamus |
Does your Christmas tree come down the first moment you get? Or are you a traditionalist that waits until the Twelfth Day of Christmas? Leave me a comment, I’d love to know!
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