Christmas tree: When should you take your Christmas tree down? What is the tradition?

The 12-day period marks the birth of Christ and the later arrival of the Magi, the wise men who gifted the young demigod gold, frankincense and myrrh.

The conclusion of the 12-day period falls on Epiphany, which is January 5 or 6 depending on the observer.

Once epiphany, also known as Twelfth Night, comes, legend dictates misfortune will befall those who still have their Christmas decorations up.

The same goes for taking down the tree earlier, so Epiphany is the only day people can take down their decorations without fear of superstitious ramifications.