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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?

1016 people have already voted, what's your opinion? 5th January 6th January

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cockneygeordie
7th Jan 2015
2
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I've always counted from the 25th Dec. 12 days in then take them down. Only had lights up this year, due to broken collar , So there was'nt that much to take down.
Baxi
5th Jan 2015
2
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It's always a panic because I love leaving them up till the last minute!
Wilf
4th Jan 2015
2
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I always understood that its bad luck to leave them over the 12th day. In some previous years we took all the decorations down apart from just 1 Christmas card for good luck
KateD
4th Jan 2015
2
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We usually take the Christmas decorations down on feast of Epiphany 6 January, but this year will be taking them down on Monday 5th, purely because it is more convenient than Tuesday, but I really think it should be 6th and am a bit superstitious about taking them down early!
AnnaLou
4th Jan 2015
3
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We always take them down during the day of the 5th, understanding that Twelfth Night is the period of darkness between 5th and 6th.
momofalot5
4th Jan 2015
2
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The first day of Christmas is Christmas Day, therefore the 6th of January is the 12th day, also Epiphany and (in my humble opinion) the day to pack up the decorations.
momofalot5
4th Jan 2015
3
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My math looks suspect, but I still think it is the 6th LOL
moakes is my name
4th Jan 2015
3
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I take them down 1st jan
bethanwelshdragon
20th Jan 2015
0
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So do I, after all it is a new year.
nootka4
4th Jan 2015
3
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Don't actually celebrate,but take the decorations down on the 5th Jan.
krmal
4th Jan 2015
3
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I have always understood that the night of Christmas Day/Boxing Day is the 1st night, so working it through, 12th night is the night of 5th/6th January and the decorations should be taken down before midnight that night.
Archiebald
4th Jan 2015
3
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I thought it was the 5th of Jan. Sometimes we take decorations down a few days before but always leave a few cards up for good luck!
brafield00
4th Jan 2015
2
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I have no problems with putting them up early, but they have to be down by the 5th, the gathering of dust is starting to irk by then! (And I have to get ready for christmas!) Yeah!!
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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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