The Twelfth Night (again?)

Colored Christmas balls in a wooden box

As the period of Christmastide, or the Twelve Days of Christmas, draws to a close, many of us are preparing to pack up the Christmas decorations to mark the end of the festive season. But why is it that we take our decorations down before the end of the Twelfth Night?

Due to a difference in interpretation of the word ‘eve’, the actual date for Twelfth Night has caused much confusion over the years, and still does today. Our ancient ancestors celebrated the Twelfth Night on the 5th this is still the correct day. However, the more modern interpretation is that the Twelfth night falls on the evening after the twelfth and final day of the Christmas, making it fall on 6th January.

Either way, tradition says that leaving decorations up after the Twelfth Night brings disaster. Our ancient ancestors brought holly and ivy in to their homes during the festive period to keep the tree spirits, that they believed lived in such greenery, safe during the harsh winter days. Once this period was over, it was necessary to take the greenery back outside to release the spirits back into the countryside once again. Failing to do this would mean that spring would not return, there would be no growth and this would lead to crop failure and widespread agricultural disaster. Left in the house, the tree spirits would also cause mischief until they were released.

With today’s mostly foil, wooden and paper decorations, the tree spirits are long forgotten; however, the superstition of not leaving decorations up in the home after the Twelfth Night remains.

Many of us dread the thought of taking down the decorations and yesterday’s blog post was all about The Pitfalls of packing away the Christmas Decorations. First of all, there’s the inevitable blues that come as Christmas draws to a close but, more practically, there’s the headache of finding enough space to store everything away until it is needed again at the end of the year.

If you can’t face wrestling boxes up ladders and through tiny hatches into an already packed loft space, why not contact ABC Selfstore to see how we can help out? Self storage offers the perfect storage solution for a wide range of items, including those that are only required periodically or infrequently.

With facilities in Wandsworth, Camden and Southwark, we have a range of storage units from very small to very large to accommodate all your storage needs. So, if you don’t want to be tripping over the Christmas lights from now until next December or taking up valuable space that could be used for more day to day items, we might just be the affordable answer you are looking for.

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