Don't put down your ornaments just yet. Twelve days of Christmas is more than a song, so focus on celebrating Christmas a bit more.
Christian tradition goes back to the IX century, and it marks the Twelfth Night, the real end of Christmas, the Eve of the Epiphany. This means that you should enjoy your decoration for a bit longer while respecting the ancient traditions.
We all need some magic
Many can't wait for Christmas to be over, so their homes no longer look like Santa threw up all over the place. That's understandable because, though glorious, Christmas ornaments can look rather tacky.
It's a matter of perspective. If you can connect with your inner child, you can enjoy all the flashing colors and allow yourself to feel some Christmas magic.
Better Homes & Gardens wrote that not only should people keep their trees decorated until January 6th, but they should also keep celebrating Christmas:
"The 12 Days of Christmas song is well known to many, but they likely don't realize that the twelve-day countdown doesn't actually start until Christmas day."
If all this sounds new to you, that's okay. You should know that the twelfth day should be celebrated just like the first, so bring on the carols, get more presents, and more egg nogs.
After all, it's tradition, and since you're already following it by celebrating Christmas, do it the proper way!
The Queen Keeps her Tree up until February
The British Royal family has a wonderful tradition, which Queen Elizabeth II started. The head of the Church of England keeps her tree up until 6th February, which marks her father's anniversary, King George VI's death.
Many Roman Catholic families choose to keep their tree up until 2nd February.
Either way, it's important to find joy in life, and if that means keeping up your tree, let it be. It's a reminder that there's still hope and that better days are ahead of us.
We don't even know who canceled this ancient tradition, but it's a great time to bring it back and spread more joy!