Christmas decorations are such a lovely way to counteract the gloominess during the time of the year when the weather is cold and the days are short. They are so lovely that many people keep them way beyond the time they should.
But what is the right time to take Christmas decorations down?
I met women while living in the Mississippi Gulf Coast that would start putting Christmas decorations away on December 26.
Don’t take Christmas decorations down too soon
That is way too soon. The days are still too short, and, if you believe the Christian tradition, the Three Wise Men haven’t even had a chance to make it to Bethlehem.
In fact, in Spain people don’t even get their gifts on Christmas Day. Children believe that their gifts are delivered, not by Santa, but by the Three Wise Men on January 6.
The gifts that the Three Wise Men carried with them symbolize the three levels of existence:
- Heaven/Ideas -> INCENSE
- Earth/Action -> GOLD
- Humankind/Emotions -> MYRRH
Light in the midst of darkness
The days between Christmas and January 6 are days to search for light in the middle of darkness. It is auspicious to keep Christmas decorations and lights on during this time.
January 7 is the first day when it makes sense to take Christmas decorations down.
When is it too late to remove Christmas decorations?
Your Christmas decorations should be put away before the start of the Chinese New Year, and that changes every year.
In 2021 the Year of the Metal Ox starts February 12, so make sure all Christmas decorations are packed for the next year by February 11.
But I want to keep my Christmas tree up year long!
Many people claim that because they love Christmas it’s OK to keep the tree out all year, or just the Christmas lights, because they so liven a place.
It’s true, Christmas lights do liven up a space, but only when they’re on. When they are off, what you see is a tangled mess of wires.
Persisting on keeping Christmas lights on display beyond the season shows an inability to accept the changes that come with the natural cycles of the planet. This affects your ability to be int he right place at the right time. In other words, it makes you less likely to recognize or take advantage of opportunities.
So what will it be? What will you do?
Have you taken your Christmas decorations down already?
If not, when will you?
What do you think of keeping Christmas lights out year round?
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