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Christmas Day is becoming a distant memory, thanks to both time and booze, but the festive period is arguably still going for some as we are yet to reach Twelfth Night.
In the good old days, before the 19th century unfortunately, Christmas used to be a 12-day celebration, not just one measly day.
Of course, many do still extend Christmas Day into a dozen days of debauchery, but the current annual festive extravaganza of drunkenness has little to do with the original tradition.New official picture of Prince George released to celebrate his fourth birthday
The key Twelfth Night tradition that still exists to this day is that you must take your Christmas Tree and decorations down on that date, or (potentially) face dire consequences.
When is Twelfth Night?
Well, this is not as easy to answer as you might think.
Some people say that Twelfth Night is on January 5th as they include Christmas Day in the 12 nights.
However, others believe it is January 6th is the date to remember as it is the Twelfth Night after Christmas.
Without wishing to favour one point of view over the other, the general consensus in the UK seems to have January 5th as Twelfth Night.
Why do you have to take your Christmas Decorations down on Twelfth Night?
Epiphany – the Christian celebration of the Three Kings visiting Jesus – marks the end of the Christmas period and comes around on January 6th.
So it only seems natural to take your tree and decorations down the night before.
An alternative explanation is that tree spirits live in your festive decorations and whilst you look after them over Christmas, if you don’t release them afterwards then vegetation will struggle to grow.
You will probably struggle to find anyone who still thinks that though, but these are the aforementioned (potential) dire consequences.
For a few good suggestions on what to do with your Christmas Tree, have a look here.
Where else have I heard Twelfth Night?
The term ‘Twelfth Night’ is still heard year-round thanks to the Shakespeare play of the same name.
The play was written to be part of the traditional Twelfth Night entertainment and was performed as such for the first time in 1602.
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