Yesterday I was laying in bed thinking it was time to take the tree down. Then I decided I would wait til today. Today is not looking good for it either.
I suppose if I had a real one and needles were falling off I would have taken it down before this.
There is the old superstition that you should take it down before New Years because you will be bringing part of the old year into the new year with you and that is bad luck. Well, I am not very superstitious so it will be staying up.
The Christmas carol, The Twelve Days of Christmas, is actually based on the belief that Christmas is celebrated for twelve nights beginning on December 25th. This is why there are people who strongly believe that you should keep your Christmas tree up until January 5th which would mark the twelfth day of Christmas.
The religious answer to the question of when to take down a Christmas tree is usually that it should be taken down on the Epiphany which is January 6th. This day is also known as Three Kings day. This day is meant to celebrate the fact that God had taken a human form…Jesus.
The Irish call this day “Little Christmas”. It has long since been a tradition for the Irish to keep their tree up until Little Christmas Day when it is taken down.
How about just taking it down when you feel like it? Sounds like the best plan I have heard so far.