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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 Christmas decorations down?

When do you celebrate Twelfth Night?

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JeremyW12
2 days ago
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I take the decorations down on the 6th
sparrer
11th Jan 2019
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Your article says that 'Nowadays, people count from Dec 25 and so assume Twelfth Night falls on 6th'. As far back as I can remember 12th Night has always been the 6th January, Epiphany, as it was in my mothers and grandmoters days. That's going back some 120 years so not a new thing at all. My decorations and tree will continue to come down on 6th 🙂 .
Raindrop
2nd Jan 2019
1
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I don`t put decorations up until week before Christmas then take them down on 6th January. But I take cards down before this for recycling.
Munsterlander
2nd Jan 2019
1
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I always think after new years day its best to take all decorations down then as the festivities have gone. I cannot see the point of keeping them.
KayL36
1st Jan 2019
2
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Have always understood from childhood that they needed to come down on 6 January. Husband's birthday is the 5th so always removed next day. I do not usually put them up until 18 December. Christmas cards go in the recycling on New Year's Eve.
Jane Scowen
31st Dec 2018
2
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6th January as we don't put decorations up till Christmas Eve.
MaryW377
31st Dec 2018
1
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CarolG45
31st Dec 2018
2
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As long as they are down by end of Jan 6th I am not too fussed. Our recycling bin is collected on 3rd this year so cards will be in it.
Burnhambelle
31st Dec 2018
2
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I take all my cards and decorations down today.
Christmas has gone and was part of 2018.
I’m now preparing for a new start, looking to start the rest of my life - 2019
SharonS93
31st Dec 2018
1
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I took mine down yesterday after a friend said she never took the old into the new and always took her decorations down before 1st Jan. I thought it made a lot of sense and will be following her idea from now on
jstagg
31st Dec 2018
2
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I don't "celebrate" 12th Night but usually take decorations down on 6th as it was usually just before school etc restarts - I don't actually put them UP till 24th december so enjoy them till then
ecarg
30th Dec 2018
2
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I do not celebrate it ,the decorations come down after New Years Day
Alicia
30th Dec 2018
0
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We do NOT celebrate it.
ArchieUK
30th Dec 2018
1
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We do not celebrete twelfh night because wr are not superftitious,but MAY your god go with youe.
Judith358
30th Dec 2018
2
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I always count Christmas Day as the first day of Christmas, therefore take them down on 5th Jan. I enjoy having them up but by the 5th I am glad to box them away for another year and get in with the New Year and back to normal, whatever that is!
MrsPat
30th Dec 2018
4
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Normally on the 6th of January. Surely that is the point it is 12 nights after Christmas?
Margaret Hart
29th Dec 2018
3
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Apart from anything I usually want to get everything down an put away for. The year. Before hehhu. Go uupevereybpdy is keeenon helpiing but after the event I think am meant to find other fairies to. Put them away as the. Interest lapsed. and so has mine..

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