When Should You Take Down Christmas Decorations?

Christmas Day might have passed, but when should you officially take down your decorations?

Many people have heard before that it is bad luck to leave your Christmas decorations up too long after Christmas Day. But that leads one to ask, when you should take down your holiday decorations? If you were to look on social media right now, you would see a trend showing that many people take down their decorations on Boxing Day, while others remove their decorations on the first day of the New Year.

A quick search online would inform you that the official time to take down your Christmas decorations is any time after the 12th night after Christmas Day (which this year is on Thursday - January 5). However, many people take down their decorations on the day of the Epiphany ((which this year is on Friday - January 6) as they consider that to be the 12th night after Christmas. If you miss that crucial January 6th date, there is still a way to avoid misfortune.

There is an old tradition that was marked by Christians in the 1500s that had people keeping their decorations up until Candalmas on February 2. So if you forget to take down your decorations, you can always wait until then too.