I hope everyone had a fantastical Christmas (or whatever it is that you do or do not celebrate). Despite a rocky start with the weather being what it was, mine turned out really quite splendid. Also, our ambitious feast for 14 featuring a homemade turducken was nothing short of awesome.
Of course, after two days of maddening prep, then the whirlwind of Christmas Day itself, some serious napping was in order for Boxing Day, and now we’re fully in the thick of a few days holiday visiting.
Really, while all the anticipation and preparation is fun, I really fully feel like it’s time for Christmassing from Christmas day on through until after New Year’s. And while I usually have to be back at work before the 12th day of Christmas (January 6th – the feast day Epiphany for those playing along at home), I stay pretty firmly entrenched in Holiday Mode as close to then as possible.
So personally I’m always a bit taken aback when I see people stripping their house of any trace of festivities at the crack of dawn on December 26th. I’ve seen an increasing number of barren trees, bare walls and dark lights for a couple days now. It’s pretty foreign to me.
Despite the religious roots of the 12 days, I don’t personally keep the tree and lights up here for those reasons, it’s just the way I’ve always experienced the holidays with a group of family and friends who also keep their decorations out for about the same length of time.
And so, gentle readers, I’m curious about you. If you do celebrate Christmas, when do you put up and take down your decorations? Any rhyme or reason for it? Is it a traditional holdover from how Christmas was done when you were small, or your own take on the season?