Tuesday, December 28, 2010

The True 12 Days of Christmas!

My tree and decorations are still up.  I will begin taking down everything but the tree after New Years.  Does everyone know why????  Because the true Christmas season begins after Christmas.
Contrary to much popular belief, these are not the twelve days before Christmas, but in the twelve days from Christmas until the beginning of Epiphany.  

Epiphany is usually celebrated as the time the Wise Men or Magi arrived to present gifts to the young Jesus (Matt. 2:1-12). Therefore, we celebrate the feast of the Epiphany on January 6th.


So my tree remains until January 6th as a celebration of Christ's birth.  Christmas is about Christ and does not end on Christmas Day.  Our homes will get back to normal in plenty of time.  

Won't you slow down and celebrate the Epiphany with me???

12 comments:

  1. We always took ours down on the 6th of January too. Christmas is speeding away from us, isn't it? All the prep and hype and now we are moving into the New Year. Happy Holidays to you~ xxoo Diana

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  2. I am SO with you on this one! My husband is Puerto Rican, and they really go all out for Christmas until Jan. 6, so we do the same here. I never understood why people take everything down the day after anyway. Merry Christmas!!

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  3. Yes we knew. Here it is called Old Christmas Day. My Mama, MIL referred to it as does our 90 yr old Aunt Dot. Some calendars will also mark it.Your decor is very pretty.
    Lola

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  4. May your New Year be filled with many Blessings and abundances of Joy for 2011. From my mountain to yours, Until next year
    Hugs and Smiles Gl♥ria

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  5. Growing up we always took everything down on New Years Day but after I became Catholic as an adult we leave everything up until the 6th or 7th.

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  6. I always left mine up until around then anyway because i like looking at everything. But I did know about christmas not actually starting until christmas day and going til the 6th. so ill take everything down on/around the 7th.

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  7. Great post Bonnie! I just recently learned about this even though I have followed Christ my entire life! I'm looking forward to passing this on to my children and I'm also just taking my time getting the decorations put away. I would love to keep my tree up but it is so dry that it is practically petrified! LOL! Thank you for sharing this with us!
    Vanessa

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  8. My last batch of company left a few hours ago so now I can relax and celebrate Christmas with my husband and daughter--the true 12 days! Love the pictures you shared.

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  9. I always take mine down after New Years around the 2nd or 3rd. This is a nice story Bonnie. Happy New Year!

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  10. I'm with you, Bonnie! What a great post.

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  11. Hey Bonnie! I knew about this. My mother always follows this. I just can't leave my tree up that long though. I compromised years ago and decided to take the tree down after the NewYears, actually I like to do it on New Years day! Everything else gets put away before then and it always feels so nice to just have the tree and nothing else.

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  12. I just read a book set in the Renaissance time period and they refer several times to the 12 days of Christmas and I was going to research it, but you did it for me! I am leaving my tree up! When we lived in Germany, children would dress as the three wise men and come to every house. They would sing and bless each house by marking the doorway with chalk. I loved this and now it all makes so much more sense! Thanks for sharing and Happy New Year!

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I know how busy you are and appreciate that you are taking the time to leave me a comment! God Bless! Bonnie

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