If you’ve already started your Christmas shopping your mind might have turned to putting up your tree.
But figuring out the right time can be a bit tricky, and although most people tend to pick December 1 this isn’t the ‘correct’ date, according to tradition.
So when is the right time to transform your home into a festive wonderland?
What is the right date?
Traditionally, a tree would have been bought and decorated on the afternoon of Christmas Eve.
But in modern times most people like to make the most of their snazzy decorations and put them up much earlier than this.
When is the right time to get your Christmas tree up?
It is generally thought you should put the tree up 12 days before Christmas on December 13 – although it is unclear where this stems from.
One theory suggests it could be because of the festive song Twelve Days of Christmas, by the English baritone singer Frederic Austin.
What type of real tree is the best to buy?
According to the British Christmas Tree Growers Association these are some of the best varieties to buy for your home:
The Norway Spruce tree is the traditional tree found in our homes during the month of December. It has long brown cones attached to its branches and its needles stand on tiny pegs.
A Nobel Fur tree is another popular choice and it was originally introduced to Britain in 1830. It comes from the forests of Washington and Oregon in America.
Arguably the most popular tree bought at Christmas is the Nordman Fir. As well as being very popular in the UK it is also a firm favourite amongst people in Denmark too. It is originally from south Russia.
The Scots Pine tree comes from the Caledonian Pine forests and is much shorter and stumpier than the other trees. It has pointed shaped cones and its needles are 4cm to 7com long.
When can I take it down?
It is considered bad luck to keep your tree and decorations up twelve days after Christmas. This day would fall on January 6.
This is understood to be the last day of the Christmas festivities and in the past it was believed that spirits lived in the holly and ivy people used to decorate their homes with. And so, once the celebrations were over these spirits needed to be released.