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When do you celebrate Twelfth Night?

According to tradition, it is unlucky to leave decorations up in the home beyond the end of the festive season, marked by Twelfth Night, and that anyone who forgets to take them down must leave them in place all year to avoid misfortune.

The Church of England insists Twelfth Night is on 5th January – and refers to the night before Epiphany, the day when the nativity story tells us that the three wise men visited the infant Jesus.

But many people believe Twelfth Night falls on 6th January, at the end of the 12th day after Christmas, and so keep their decorations hanging in their homes for an extra day.

The difference in opinion is said to be down to the fact that in centuries past, Christmas was deemed to start at sunset on Dec 24 and so the 12th night following it was 5th January. Nowadays, people count from Dec 25 and so assume Twelfth Night falls on 6th.

When will you take your decorations down by?

When do you celebrate Twelfth Night?

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monzaV
20th Mar 2018
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I celebrate it on the 6th of January which is epiphany and we give the children a small gift in celebration of this religious feast. Though I can't claim to be particularly devout anymore. Nonetheless religion is what Christmas is supposed to be about, I think the clue is in the name.
sparrer
12th Jan 2018
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I don't 'celebrate' 12th Night, I just appreciate a clean and tidy house on the 6th Jan when I put the (minimal) decorations that have been collecting dust for three weeks back in their boxes.
ginntonic
12th Jan 2018
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I take my decorations down on New Years day. New year, clean start.
kentrix39
10th Jan 2018
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jeanmark
8th Jan 2018
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I never put any up so I don't have to worry about taking them down.

Interestingly, the Queen keeps her decorations up at Sandringham until the 6 February, the anniversary of her fathers death. She is obviously not a superstitious woman.
Costezuela
6th Jan 2018
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I live in Spain so it's a given twelfth night is the 6th - the Three Kings visit on the night of the 5th and in most villages/towns distribute a gift to all children up to the age of 10 age, but the 6th is 'Three Kings Day' when Spanish children receive presents from the family and is therefore regarded as twefth night .
As we have both Spanish and English family we have to make an agreement on which day we give presents, otherwise the children would expect them on Christmas Da and Three Kings!!!
scandiman
5th Jan 2018
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Ours came down Jan. 2. I feel that, by then, having seen reminders of ‘The Big Day’ since the middle of September, I’ve had enough of it.
Jo Ellis
5th Jan 2018
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I do 5th just to make sure as every year I get confused what you should and shouldn't do!
Alicia
5th Jan 2018
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Grumps555
5th Jan 2018
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My wife hasn’t told me yet if I’m allowed opinions this year.
Cathy21
5th Jan 2018
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Christmas Day is the first day so 5th is 12th night.
Pam1960
5th Jan 2018
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I always take my tree and decorations down on January 1st. As it is my son's birthday on 2nd January I used to like to keep the house clear of Christmas stuff so we could make it about him on his birthday. Many children have had joint presents when being born in December and January it is nice to let them have z day for themselves. He left home years ago but I still take them down on New Years Day
manofpeace
5th Jan 2018
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We have always taken our Christmas Decorations down on 5th January, not for any particular reason, religious or mystical. It is just something I learnt from my parents over 50 years lol.
Prosseco
4th Jan 2018
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I take my decorations down usually after new year. I don't believe that it is unlucky to take them down early.
JanetP481
4th Jan 2018
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In Spain 6th January is a bank holiday.The Feast of the Epiphany is 6th January when the three kings visited Jesus, why would the decorations come down the night before? It would not make sense.
Kes
4th Jan 2018
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I don’t go in for any of that 12th night, bad luck stuff. I don’t knock it, I just don’t take any notice of it. For me, Christmas is done and dusted come Boxing Day and I take down and put away all my decorations the day after that.
MrsPat
4th Jan 2018
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On the 6th january always without fail. I was told by my gran that if we did not take all our decorations down that day it was deemed unlucky
Wilf
4th Jan 2018
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I never really knew but we have always taken down decorations just after new year and then kept one card up for about a week for good luck. I hope we are right! ???
Marley444
4th Jan 2018
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I've always thought it was the 6th January, and actually unlucky to take your decorations down before that date … I think I may have got it wrong all these years?!

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