28 December 2009

the 4th day of christmas

i've always wanted to live in one of those cultures where christmas really didn't begin until christmas day. where festivities continued on for the twelve more days after christmas, and ended several days after the new year had begun. with all the holiday preparations, it seems a shame to dismantle it all just because christmas day has come and gone. so i keep the tree up for as long as i can, and leave primitive santas strewn around for longer. and this year, i might just leave the string lights up until the vernal equinox. after all, it will still be winter!

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

reminds me of Mom.. Christmas isn't over untill the Wisemen arrive at the Manger!

chris said...

yeah, maybe that's where it comes from......

Joanna said...

i don't put up much other than the greens and the stocking until after Mass on the 4th Sunday of Advent. then it stays up until Los Reyes Magos (the Three Kings) arrive on the 6th of January. the spanish do celebrate the whole season. in our house we always left the decorations until the 12th day and the wreaths on the door until Candlemas Day. i still do that even though wreaths aren't particularly a spanish custom. i also remember being in NYC on the 14th of January 2004 and all their Christmas lights were still up and shining. i thought maybe it was because of the gloom of winter. it was beautiful!

Morna said...

I am totally with you on this. In fact, my tree IS still up (it is January 26)! Yesterday we decided it is no longer safe to light the lights. All the Christmas decorations are still all about and we do leave some strings of light for the whole year ... inside glass globes, scattered across a mantle, entwined in the ranches, arching over a door.

chris said...

morna, i still have candles in the windows that i light every night! there are five week-old greens on the mantle and some of the windowsills. i don't move them because i know they'll make a HUGE mess when i do!!!

Mythica said...

You should really take it down after Epiphany (Three Kings Day) so that Herod does not know where to find the baby Jesus. At least, that is what we were always told!
Mythica (Blog: Lifeworks1)

Barbara A. Diaz said...

Wow this is beautiful... can't stop looking at it. Great Picture!

chris said...

Barbara A. Diaz,
how kind!! so glad you like it! i do too!