According to an ancestral tradition, it is believed that Christmas lasts 12 days after December 25 and that the decorated tree must disappear on the twelfth day, which is at Epiphany. Taking it down a day before or after that day would attract nothing less than bad luck!
The Epiphany would be the exact date of the end of the Christmas holidays.
According to Christian theology, Christmas begins four weeks before December 25 and lasts 12 days after. It is said that the 12 days after Christmas is the period when the three wise men came to visit Jesus in the manger, bringing him gifts. The last day of this period falls on January 6 and is called Epiphany.
Tradition tells us that this is the day to remove the holiday tree, marking the last day of Christmas. Legend has it that people who do not do this on Epiphany Day will suffer bad luck. The tree should not be removed a day before or a day after, to avoid misfortune.
In the past, it was believed that tree spirits resided in the Christmas tree during the winter and should be released after Christmas was over. Superstition claims that not removing the tree from our house will lead to food shortages and slower vegetation growth throughout the year, according to Express.
On a more positive note, it is also said that the Christmas tree must remain standing for 12 days, in order to allow the Three Kings to find their way around. Since the three kings used the North Star to locate Jesus, the holiday tree would represent the star that the kings use to join Jesus in Bethlehem. Without the Christmas decor, kings will not be able to go to the Son of God to whom they must present their gifts.
When do you usually take down your Christmas tree? Are you a procrastinator or an early-riser?