It is traditional to have taken all festive decorations down by the 6th of January, the last of the twelve days of Christmas, marked by the Feast of the Epiphany when the three Wise Men arrive to see the infant Jesus and give him their gifts.
I know this. I was taught all this as a Catholic child. But I have just learned about another tradition from Cork and Kerry in Ireland, that of Nollaig na mBan – Little Christmas, or Women’s Christmas, where after all the cooking and working is over and the clearing up is done, the women have themselves a party on January 6th. 🙂
Thanks to Angela at http://thesilvervoice.wordpress.com/2012/01/06/irish-christmas-tradition-womens-christmas-january-6/ for teaching me of this, and wishing all of you a Happy Nollaig na mBan (pronounced null-ag na man)