Three-quarters of people responding to a "Today" survey said they take down their Christmas tree by Jan. 6, the traditional 12th Day of Christmas. Catholics typically leave their trees up until Jan. 7, the day after Epiphany.Know More
The Church of England advocates taking down the tree on Twelfth Night, the night before Epiphany, but controversy exists over whether that day falls on Jan. 5 or Jan. 6.
Traditionally, Christmas trees were not put up and decorated until Christmas Eve and were removed the day after Twelfth Night. To have a tree up before or after these dates historically was considered bad luck.
In modern times, however, it has become customary to set up Christmas trees at the beginning of the Advent season. Some American families put up their trees soon after American Thanksgiving in late November, and Christmas decorations often show up even earlier in stores.Learn More
A standard string of incandescent Christmas lights uses 40 watts of electricity. LED lights are more efficient, so a standard string uses only 4.8 watts.Full Answer >
During the second century A.D., Christians began celebrating the birth of Christ as a substitute for the last day of the pagan festival Saturnalia. Over time, it became both a holy feast day and, like Saturnalia, a day of celebration.Full Answer >
The plural form of "Christmas" is "Christmases." The plural of a proper noun, which is the name of specific person, place or thing, is often formed in the same way as the plural of a more general, or common, noun.Full Answer >
Dasher, Dancer and Dunder (more commonly referred to as Donner) are the names of Santa's three reindeer that begin with the letter "D." They are the first, second and seventh reindeer listed in the Christmas poem "Twas the Night Before Christmas."Full Answer >