When Should You Put Up Your Christmas Tree?
If you already have a burning desire to put up your Christmas tree, you are not alone! With big brands launching their festive advertising campaigns at the start of November, it can be extremely difficult to resist getting involved sooner than you'd planned.
So when is the right time to dust down the Christmas decorations from the attic and give your home a festive overhaul?
There really is no right or wrong answer...
For most people, the beginning of Advent, which is four Sundays before Christmas is an acceptable time to trim up, while other traditions suggest waiting until 12 days before Christmas. And then there are the festive enthusiasts whose Christmas begins in November.
There are many different traditions and beliefs when it comes to the best time to start decorating your home for Christmas...
Day after Halloween
For some, Christmas decorations go up as soon as Halloween ends on 31st October, and so Christmas lovers embrace 1st November as the start of the festive season and begin decorating their home at this time.
Start of Advent
The beginning of Advent is a popular choice for decking the tree – Advent begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas so that actually makes it 29th November this year.
12 Days Before
Traditionalists tend to think the right time is 12 days before Christmas. This would mean your home begins to become beautifully festive on 13th December, and since this is the middle of the month, you won’t have to worry about your Christmas tree losing its pine needles before the holidays begin.
Back in Victorian times, Christmas trees were put up much later in December, often bought and decorated on the afternoon of Christmas Eve - putting the tree up earlier than the eve of Christmas was considered bad luck.
So, there really is no right time to do it – if you’re already feeling festive, why not go for it?
However, all good things must come to an end and you may be wondering when you need to take them down by...
New Years Eve
There is another, perhaps lesser-known, tradition that in fact states that you should take your Christmas tree down on New Year's Eve (31st December) before midnight. For the superstitious types, it is thought you may have bad luck in the New Year if you keep your tree up longer than this period.
Christian tradition dating back to the 4th century marks Twelfth Night, the end of Christmas and the Eve of the Epiphany (Christian feast day), as the time to take down your Christmas tree and pack away your decorations again. That means you can enjoy the twinkling lights for a little while longer, because Twelfth Night falls on either 5th or 6th January - and the dates depend on tradition.
In 2020, Candlemas falls on 2nd February - another Christian holiday which commemorates the presentation of Jesus at the Temple in Jerusalem. Tudor tradition dictates people who miss Epiphany should take their decorations down during Candlemas, or they risk contending with goblins.
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