DEBATE: When should you really take down your Christmas tree?

So, what date SHOULD you take down your Christmas decorations?

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by Hannah Mellin |

Christmas is meant to be the most magical time of the year but that doesn't stop people from fighting over the sales, rowing on the day itself and of course, debating on when it's acceptable to take down their Christmas tree and decorations.

So when are we supposed to take them all down? Is there a specific date? Do people actually take them all down before New Year? Or should we appreciate them a little longer?

Let's try and settle the age-old debate, shall we?

The Grinch

Every family has different traditions. Some of us adore Christmas and want to appreciate our special Christmas decorations for as long as possible, whereas some people wait and put it up as close to Christmas Day and take them all down a week after.

However, unlike the varied dates for people to put up their tree, many people do stick to the same date to take down their tree – between January 5th or 6th.

Traditionally, the Twelfth Night (meaning twelve days after Christmas) represents the true end of the festive period. And in Victorian times and even before, families used to celebrate this date by eating even more cake, dancing and playing games.

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It was always tradition to take down decorations only on or after those dates, which is probably bad news to celebs like Katie Price who has been caught with her Christmas decorations up until February.

Yes, really.

Katie may typically be behind with the Christmas decor but celebrities such as Jodie Marsh and Kate and Rio Ferdinand have been well in advance this year by getting in the festive spirit eight weeks early.

Even though Sam Faiers decorated her house 12 days before Christmas she came under fire for her 'OTT' decorations.

So, when do you take down your Christmas tree? Have you got a tradition or does it vary each year? Let us know your thoughts over on Facebook or Twitter.

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