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Leaving your Christmas tree up too long might actually bring bad luck

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When to take down your Christmas tree, according to tradition

When to take down your Christmas tree, according to tradition
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Christmas will soon be over and the time to take down our beautifully decorated, delightfully smelling trees is fast approaching. There's really nothing worse, and the sadness of saying goodbye to our beloved Christmas tree until next year causes many of us to put the task off — maybe a little too long.

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While simple procrastination dictates when most of us take down our trees, for others there are very specific Christmas tree removal dates that must be adhered to either out of tradition or just plain old superstition.

Here are popular dates to take down the tree along with the reasons why.

Dec. 31: Take your tree down on New Year's Eve before the bells toll at midnight. Otherwise it's said you'll be dragging all your baggage and bad luck from last year into the new year... if you're superstitious about these things, that is.

Jan. 5: Take your tree down on this day, traditionally considered the Twelfth Day of Christmas — i.e., the last of 12 days of Christmas merriment. Think of it as getting closure on the holiday season.

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Jan. 6: Take it down on January 6 in observance of the Epiphany, a Christian holiday marking the revelation of God in human form, in the person of Jesus. Again, some would say leaving your tree up beyond the 5th or 6th brings bad luck.

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Tell us, do you take down your tree on a certain date?

Originally published December 2015. Updated December 2016.

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