Some Staffordshire residents had their Christmas decorations up as early as October – in 2020, why not?
Traditionally, a Christmas tree should be put up on the first day of Advent, or the fourth Sunday before Christmas. Though some people put theirs up 12 days before Christmas.
Other people put theirs up as late as Christmas Eve.
But in 2020, there were no hard and fast rules as to when to put the tree, put the wreath on the door, or eat all the Quality Street. Many of us needed the extra Christmas cheer.
That said, there is a traditional day said to be the ‘correct’ time to dismantle your decs and box up your baubles, reports The Mirror.
It is believed that if you don’t adhere to the rules, there will be bad luck for the next 12 months – and we could all do without that.
When should I take the tree and decorations down?
The Twelfth Night (January 5) is widely considered to be the last day of the Christmas festivities (eve of the Epiphany).
According to superstition it is bad luck to leave your decorations up after the 5th. This belief stems back to 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.
If the custom wasn’t followed it was said to affect the vegetation and greenery for the next twelve months.
The day of the Epiphany is January 6 and in Christian religions it celebrates the time the Three Wise Men (also referred to as Magi) visited baby Jesus – it also remembers his baptism.
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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 to 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.
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.