When should Christmas decorations be taken down?

Answer

Deciding when to take down Christmas decorations is a matter of personal tradition, but a good guideline is to take them down shortly after January 6. That is the date of the Epiphany, which marks the end of the Christmas celebration, according to William B. Bradshaw in the Huffington Post.

Epiphany celebrates the day the Wise Men, or Magi, arrived to visit the baby Jesus, but it is not celebrated in all churches. For people who do not celebrate Epiphany, on or after New Year's Day is a good time to take down the decorations, weather and time permitting. Christmas decorations should come down by the end of January at the latest unless extreme weather prevents it from being done safely.

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Some say Christmas decorations should be taken down before January 6.
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Whenever you want to take them down. : My family leaves them up till a little after new years.
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These days when you feel like it. Traditionally sometime after 12th night. So, the 6th or later. --That Cheeky Lad
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Some, erroneously, believe they should come down after Christmas Day. But that is not the end of Christmas, it is the end of Advent. Christmas Day is the beginning of Christmastide.
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