The Twelfth Day of Christmas

Traditionally marking the end of the yuletide festivities, the Twelfth Day of Christmas is usually seen as the date by which to have cleared up all the Christmas decorations…

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 … an even older European tradition, however, keeps the Christmas greenery in place through to “Fasnacht” (carnival) or Imbolc at the beginning of February – winter has in fact only just begun after all and the evergreen symbolism remains relevant for the whole of January at least…

So I have converted my advent wreath into a January wreath:

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  • the green is still present but has been dressed up with silvery white: think blank, as yet unwritten, pages
  • the dried apple, quince and orange slices also remain: the citrus groves of southern Europe are in fact part of the same agricultural tradition as the meadow orchards here in southern Germany, and January and February are the only months of the year in which I preserve anything that is not grown on my own doorstep. The citrus fruit from southern Europe is plentiful on this side of the Alps at this time of the year and so, as I slowly get used to the idea of “2015”, I will be sharing some of my citrus favourites with you in the posts to come…
  • and the candles are still burning – the days are still short here in the northern hemisphere…

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  1. I applaud you for your lovely wreath and following the Christmas tradition right through. I leave some decorations up until Candlemas, which is also the beginning of February and is celebrated as the time when Jesus first visited the temple. Any excuse to keep some of the decorative side of the season going in my books.

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  2. Just lovely….we’re done and dusted and packed away! but I like the idea of keeping the wreath going, always reluctant to discard, I like it as it fades. Very best wishes from Dorset for a Happy and healthy New Year to you and family.

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