A discarded Christmas tree lies in a street on January 5, 2018 in London, England. Traditionally, trees and decorations are taken down on Twelfth Night. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

I don’t know why but once December 26th arrives, I’m ready to start taking down my outdoor Christmas lights and decorations. My front lawn inflatables are already packed away. It might be because those were the first things to go up in November and I’m just tired of looking at them. But when it comes to the stuff inside my house, especially the Christmas tree, I like to keep those things around a bit longer.

By the time we finally get our Christmas trees up and decorated, some of us wish we could leave them up all year. Other folks can’t wait to drag their tree to the curb or pack it up in a box until next December. When it comes to taking the Christmas tree down, some people pick a date for superstitious or religious reasons. According to SheKnows, these are three of the most popular dates to take the tree down and the reason behind them:

  • December 31st – Taking your Christmas tree down before midnight on New Year’s Eve could be good luck. Some believe that if you don’t, you’ll drag all of your baggage and bad luck from the past year into the new one. If you’re superstitious, this may be the date for you.
  • January 5th – This is traditionally considered the Twelfth Day of Christmas, or Twelfth Night, as in the last of 12 days of merriment. You could think of taking your tree down on this date as getting closure on the holiday season.
  • January 6th – Some take their Christmas tree down on this date in observance of the Epiphany, a Christian holiday “marking the revelation of God in human form in the person of Jesus.” Some people believe that leaving your tree up past the 6th brings bad luck.

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