Christmas decorations: Why you MUST take your Christmas tree down today

Stephen Hawking quote

Stephen Hawking quote

Thus, Yuletide in this predominantly Christian nation of 106 million people, which began with the first Advent Sunday in November, ends today on the Feast of Epiphany. And how is Epiphany celebrated? The reason for this is due to the Twelfth Night and Epiphany celebrations, known as the Twelfth Day of Christmas. Consequently, the Christmas decorations, to include the Christmas tree, should be taken down on January 7, the day following Epiphany.

The Feast of the Epiphany commemorated by many Christians across the world. The Western Church began following it in the 4th century as the day the wise men were led by the star to visit baby Jesus, according to the story of the Nativity.

It marks the end of Christmas, and the day decorations should be taken down by, traditionally.

This is exactly 12 days from Christmas Day, meaning January 5, according to the Church of England.

The actual date of Twelfth Night can differ depending on which branch of Christianity you follow. However, this year as it has fallen on a Sunday some shops may choose to follow Sunday opening hours and some will close altogether.

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The belief has developed in modern times, with Professor Groom explaining: "It was basically the Victorians who decided that Christmas decorations should be taken down after 12 days because they wanted to get everybody to work".

This date marked the eve of Candlemas, a Christian festival marking the day the infant Jesus was presented to the God in the Temple at Jerusalem.

In some European countries children leave their shoes outside to be filled with gifts, and they leave straw out for the Kings' names.

Decorations are taken down, and some people hold parties and feasts.

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