According to tradition the Twelfth Night after Christmas is the time we take our decorations down.
The belief that it spells bad luck to remove them after January 5th was invented by the Victorians – no doubt to encourage everyone back to work after 12 days of festivities.
By contrast, the Tudors continued celebrating until the eve of the Christian festival of Candlemas, on February 1!
Under their reign – which lasted from 1485 to 1603 - the Twelfth Night of Christmas was marked by lavish parties where roles were reversed and the rich served the poor.
A dried pea was cooked inside a cake and whoever found it was crowned the Lord or Lady of Misrule.
There’s still some debate about when Twelfth Night occurs – depending on whether you count from December 25th or 26th.
Traditionally, Twelfth Night sees us back at work and school after celebrating with family and friends.
This year, with so much uncertainty, some traditions can’t be observed.
But the need to tidy up, and clear the decks in preparation for the year ahead is still a strong instinct in many of us.
And after the trying times of 2020, the desire to dispose of bad memories is certainly understandable.
No matter when the party ends and the decorations come down, we’re here to help you tidy up.
What can I do with my tree?
Millions of Christmas trees are bought each year and how you get rid of them can have a huge impact on the environment.
Christmas trees aren’t the easiest things to get rid of and the prospect of a car full of needles can be quite daunting. Thankfully we’re here to help.
We’re offering a free Christmas tree collection service to anyone who books a skip or bin collection in the next week – useful if you’re bins are overflowing after an indulgent Christmas!
Head over to book a skip or give us a call on 0114 244 5006 to arrange your bin collection.
Let’s look forward to better times, and start off 2021 on a positive note.
Here’s wishing all our customers, past, present and future, a safe, happy and healthy New Year!