When to take your Christmas tree and decorations down, to avoid bad luck

Whilst some people are keen to take their Christmas tree down before the new year, others prefer to keep the festive spirit alive for as long as possible.

There is no ‘correct’ date to take it down, however there is a tradition which states that the festive spirit should be kept alive until January 5, but no later.

This is due to the ‘twelve days of Christmas’, which is a period familiar to most people.

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But what makes January 5 so important?

How long should I keep my Christmas tree up?

Tradition states that a Christmas tree should stay up for January 5, which marks the day the three kings arrived in Bethlehem and signals the end of the Christmas celebrations.

This day is known as The Feast of Epiphany or The Twelfth Night, and in some parts of the world, it signifies a celebration that’s just as big as Christmas Day.

Alongside this, according to superstition it is bad luck to leave your decorations up after the fifth. This belief stems back to the olden days when people used to decorate their homes with ivy and holly.

They used to think tree spirits lived in the greenery and made sure all their festive ornaments and trimmings were taken down in the first week of the New Year to set them free.

How should I get rid of a real tree?

If you opted for a real tree instead of an artificial one it is best to find the nearest recycling location. This way once you’ve removed all the decorations you have somewhere to take it.

Most people take a visit to their local tip with the Christmas tree as all household waste disposal and recycling centres have the facility for it be recycled.

It’s also a good opportunity to get rid of all the wrapping paper, cardboard boxes and bubble wrap from the big day.

Alternatively, many organisations dedicate special days to Christmas tree collections.

Putting a tree out alongside the recycling bins allows for waste companies to use the trees as compost, so make sure not to put any fake trees out!

What is the best way to store an artificial tree?

If you have an artificial tree the best way to store it is in the cardboard box it came in. If you’ve had your tree for some time and have lost the box you can buy a pack of boxes from Amazon.

Keep baubles, tinsel and other ornaments and decorations in plastic boxes to avoid them being crushed. If you have glass or porcelain ones wrap them in tissue paper or bubble wrap first so they don’t crack.

Once everything is packed up place the boxes in a cool, dry place.

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