This came up for discussion in the house today. When I was growing up and every year since then I’ve put the tree and decorations up on the weekend after Thanksgiving. It gives Thanksgiving room to be celebrated and then gets the Christmas season started early enough to have time to enjoy all that effort put into decorating.
Then, the day after Christmas we take it all down. At least, until this year. I know I’ve heard it before, but this year it finally sunk in that the 12 Days of Christmas start on Christmas Day and end on Epiphany (Jan 6). I kind of like that. The day after Christmas always feel like a let down, we build up to the day and then it’s just over, time to pack everything away and be done.
I made an unconscious decision to leave the tree and decorations up until Epiphany. I forgot to share this with Anthony, so this morning when I got up the tree was unplugged, the curtains were closed, and I suspected dismantling was next. I quickly shared my thoughts on the Twelve Days of Christmas and leaving the lights on and decorations up until the evening of Jan 5. He thought that was a great idea so we opened the curtains and plugged the tree back in! It will all come down by Jan 6. but we will enjoy the next few days.