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When is Twelfth Night - and why do we take down our Christmas decorations on that day?

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Because one of them is Twelfth Night, and according to a British tradition, that's when the tree and tinsel and baubles should be taken down, and either packed away for another year or recycled. Most people in Britain, and certainly the Church of England, say that Twelfth Night is January 5. That depends on Christmas day being the first day of Christmas, which would seem logical.

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