There are all sorts of theories on when you should take down your Christmas tree and decorations, with the most popular being that the festive clean-up should take place before New Year’s Day.
But did you know that tradition dictates that we should actually wait a lot longer than that?
Since the 4th century, Christians have ruled that the Christmas season doesn’t officially end until the Twelfth Night - ie, 12 nights after Christmas - on the evening known as the Eve of the Epiphany.
According to Christian beliefs, the Eve of the Epiphany marks the night that the Three Wise Men visited baby Jesus and is celebrated on either January 5 or 6. Believers have long debated which is the correct date as it depends on whether you mark day one of the Christmas season as being Christmas Day or not.
But either way, it’s believed that you should wait until at least January 5 to take down your tree to keep in line with Christian traditions. If you wait any longer than that, some Christians believe could bring your family bad luck. Nooooo!
This is of course good news for anyone who’d putting off the unenviable task of packing away all those decorations and lights, not to mention copping a Christmas tree twig in the eye or belly.
But for those who’d like to get their living rooms back to normal and tinsel-free, they might want to think again - depending on your beliefs, of course. After all, it’s important to do what’s right for you a your family - tradition aside!