Diatribe: Leaving Christmas Decorations Up All Year.
When I was a child, outdoor Christmas lights weren’t found on every single house like they are in some neighborhoods today. They were expensive to purchase, operate and maintain and many families, particularly those with small children, would choose to spend any extra funds that they might have on gifts rather than utility bills.
The houses that did decorate with outdoor lights used simple strings of either clear or multi-colored lights wrapped around trees in the yard or along the gutters and eaves of their homes. Hanging the lights from the rooftops was a chore, particularly when the weather was cold, but taking them down was even worse. It seemed that some people chose to leave their decorations in place until spring when the weather was more pleasant.
Recently, I’ve learned that they may have been leaving them up because they were superstitious. Apparently, many people believe that Christmas decorations should be taken down on the “twelfth night” which is January 6th. This provides for the twelve days of Christmas which end on Epiphany, the celebration of the visit of the three Wise Men, the Baptism and the first miracle. Failure to remove the decorations at this time is thought by some to bring bad luck. If decorations are not removed on the twelfth night, they should stay up all year.
All this being said, the difference between leaving them “up” and leaving them “on” should be noted. It’s much easier to overlook them when they’re not plugged in during the month of July.
When do you take YOUR decorations down?
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