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It’s the age-old debate which has seen many squabbles over the years – when do we take the Christmas decorations down?
Yes after Christmas ends and the festivities draw to a close there comes the question of when you should ‘do a Scrooge’ and remove the fairy lights, tinsel and poinsettia from around the home.
While some people are adamant they must stay until the new year, others are quick to whip them down and box them away as soon as the bell tolls midnight on Boxing Day.
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I’m A Celebrity 2020 winner Giovanna Fletcher clearly falls into the latter category and was filmed by husband Tom Fletcher rapidly taking down the tree.
In a hilarious snap, Tom shared a picture of his wife, beaming from ear to ear, while removing the lights from the tree.
The post was captioned: “No one should be this happy about taking the Christmas tree down. @mrsgifletcher,” and garnered a fair few thoughts from fans who didn’t seem very happy about Giovanna’s decision.
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“What about 12 days of Christmas?” wrote one, while another penned: “Whattt …. too early!” [sic]
A third added: “IT’S STILL CHRISTMAS THOUGH!”
So, in a bid to settle the debate, when should you take down the Christmas decorations?
What does tradition say?
If we’re going with tradition then Twelfth Night is often viewed as the time when you banish the decorations back to the attic.
This is a Christian tradition which dates back to the 4th century and it marks the end of Christmas and the Eve of the Epiphany.
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The Church of England celebrates Twelfth Night on 5 January however some mark 6 January as Twelfth Night, counting 12 days after Christmas Day, so this is a popular date to take down the baubles and wreath.
Taking your decorations down before this has been viewed as bad luck by many, but leaving the decorations up after this is also thought to bring that same bad luck.
So, to bring the conversation to a close, if you’re sticking to tradition decorations should come down on 5 or 6 January, but given it’s 2020 we wouldn’t blame you for wanting to banish the decorations earlier than normal!
When do you take your Christmas decorations down? Join in on the festive debate and pop a comment down below!
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