Many families in the U.S. and Canada will put up a Christmas tree soon after Thanksgiving
(the 4th Thursday of November in the U.S.), and Christmas decorations can show up even earlier in retail stores, often the day after Halloween
(31 October). Some households do not put up the tree until the second week of December, and leave it up until the 6th of January (Epiphany
). In Germany, traditionally the tree is put up on the 24th of December and taken down on the 7th of January, though many start one or two weeks earlier, and in Roman Catholic homes the tree may be kept until late January.
the Christmas tree is put up on the 8th of December (Immaculate Conception day
) and left up until the 6th January. In Australia, the Christmas tree is usually put up on the 1st of December
, which occurs about a week before the school summer holidays; except for South Australia, where most people put up their tree after the Adelaide Christmas Pageant in late November
. Some traditions suggest that Christmas trees may be kept up until no later than the 2nd of February, the feast of the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple (Candlemas
), when the Christmas season effectively closes.
Superstitions say that it is a bad sign if Christmas greenery is not removed by Candlemas Eve.