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Christmas decorations taken down too soon

In an ever-increasingly secular society it is interesting to note that the festival of what we call Christmas is largely misunderstood by the majority of people.

The season of Christmas lasts 12 days, from December 25 until January 5, when Epiphany starts on January 6.

It is during these 12 days that the seasonal Christmas decorations - lights, trees, etc - should be displayed.

However, for many households, all the trappings of the season come as early as mid-November and, surprisingly, end as early as Boxing Day, with the removal of these festival adornments.

In accepting that everyone would like to light up their homes before Christmas Eve, is it really too much to ask that people hold on a little while before taking them down?

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