Why is there so much before-Christmas but no after-Christmas?

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  1. Willie Oleson
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    Even soapchat's Christmas decoration was removed when it was still Christmas.
    Why the hurry and the need to forget about it all when we've been Christmassing for almost an entire month?
    Why was it so much fun before the Big Days?

    Or is it like sex i.e. when it's over it's really over?
     
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    Maybe because we've been Christmassing for an entire month, at least, already. The run up to Christmas starts so early now, by the time it gets here, and it's over, I kinda think that's enough. It might be the most wonderful time of the year but its over hyped and dragged out long enough as it is. By boxing day I'm usually all Christmased out.

    Besides, I need to start focusing on my Easter preparations now. :D
     
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    To me, the week prior to New Years Eve is a grace period. My Christmas decorations don't come down until then.
     
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    Here they tend to say it is bad luck if you don't have your decorations taken down by 6 January.

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    My Christmas spirit usually arrives on Christmas Eve and then fizzles completely away by New Year's Day.

    After that it's bleak midwinter all the way through to St. David's Day.
     
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    Appropriately enough for my birthday!

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    True, but we all go along with it. And yet no-one continues to Christmas after December 26 (or in this case, December 25!) and we all go along with that too.
    No questions, no protests, nothing...

    By comparison, I find it easy to deliberately ignore and avoid the New Year's Eve festivities.
    I hate that celebration with a passion beyond imagination, and it's the day I don't want to see, let alone be around, other people.
    When I was a child we used to celebrate it with uncles and aunts and nieces and nephews, and I always ended up being sick.
    Too much candy, chips and soft drinks combined with too much excitement regarding the big countdown (and who'se going to wish who a HNY first, etc).
    I guess you could say I'm traumatized.
    Furthermore, "Happy New Year!" doesn't end on January 1. No, oh no. It goes on for days, sometimes weeks. All those people telling you how your New Year should be.
    How dare they! They don't know what I need and what I want. As if anyone really cares!
     
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    The "official" date that Christmas ends in Sweden/Finland/Norway is January 13th. Twentieth Day Yule (20 days after Christmas Eve, that we celebrate more than Christmas Day). 1/13 is the day of the Christmas tree plundering.

    Although many do remove all Christmas decorations before this date. But I kinda like waiting for this day.
     
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    I think ending Christmas festivities early is connected with the secularisation of Christmas. At church we continue to celebrate Christmas until the Epiphany on the 6th January which marks the day when the 3 wise men visited Jesus. However, many people now chose to take Christ out of Christmas so the significance of the Epiphany as the official end of the Christmas period is lost.
     
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    Doesn’t necessarily hold true for mind sex.

    You can leave them up until just before Candlemas Day (February 2nd). I’d chat more but I’m on my annual Advent to Candlemas holiday and I charge double fares and a half during that period.

    My third Christmas tree of the season is being delivered tomorrow. An 8ft Vesuvius.
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    You mean, like in the shops? From September?

    I was on an 11.5 mile walk yesterday and two of the walkers admitted to have already taken their Christmas decorations down. I smiled sweetly but inside I suddenly had an urge to destroy them. Although, as one of them stopped me from falling into mud, I magnanimously granted them a pardon.

    My local sweet shop (a trifling 6.5 mile walk) shut down operations on December 23rd and reopens on January 9th. It always closes until during Epiphany Octave.
    Was it 90-proof?
     
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    My Christmas decorations go up on Christmas Eve and usually get taken down on January 6. Although I continue to feast throughout the Epiphany (and the old Epiphany Octave) and all the way to Candlemas Day. So I’ve only a month more to go.:(
    I just fall asleep. I might momentarily stir when my slumbers are disturbed by the noises of a very loud fireworks display at midnight. I put the phones on Do Not Disturb until February, so that I can see who phoned to wish me Happy New Year without actually hearing or answering their phone calls. Or to see which numbers Call Guardian scared away. I also barricade myself in until Candlemas, only answering the door to receive essential top-up deliveries of game pies, pigeon, sweets, drinks, partridges, pheasant, duck, rabbit, goose, Venison and wild boar through the tradeperson’s entrance. So I avoid the New Year pleasantries.
     
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    I prefer to focus on Halloween. Except Siri is already being unpleasant about it.
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    I just got the replacement top half of one of these today. The star was broken on delivery. The bottom half came last week. I’ve got to put it up now.
     

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