The warning that it would be bad luck not to take down Epiphany’s Christmas decorations may have meant something in other years. The suggestion that things could get worse seems downright comical in 2021.
Some stubbornly cheerful people have chosen to forgo the practice of the past two centuries in towns and villages across the country and follow an older, medieval tradition that dictates that Christmas celebrations does not end in early January but last until the next Christian holiday, Candlemas (Feb. 2).
In his article for the Catholic news magazine The Tablet announcing the organization’s support for the extension, the proposal was floated Tuesday by Michael Carter, senior property historian at English Heritage. “There is little joy in January at the best of times,” Carter argued. “This year, the increasing spread of covid … will only add to the misery. “The deadline for candlemas should not be missed-or, as the clergyman and poet Robert Herrick of the 17th century cautioned, you might be visited by a leprechaun.
In other words, if you’re holding your tinsel up and watching Michael Gove on TV, you’ve just got to blame yourself. While the intervention of Carter earned him a spot on Radio 4’s Today program, it turns out that many others had the same idea, with dozens of users of social media suggesting that they had similar plans.
“A unit manager in the film and television industry, Becci Wright, told the Guardian that Christmas lights went up early in her village of Osmotherley in North Yorkshire “in direct reaction to Covid-19. “For many, there was an idea to brighten the end of a very dark year,” she said.
A cafe owner floated the idea of keeping the lights on in January on the local Facebook page after Christmas, and about 20 people intend to do so. “The lights serve as a reminder that we are here for each other,” he said. “Brigid Joughin, a general practitioner in Newcastle, said she insisted that the tree stay up for the sake of her husband.” “I have the luxury of being able to get out of the house for work, but he’s home all day, so it’s nice to keep the house as merry as possible,” she said. She added that continuing the holidays seems fair in a “dark and miserable winter with nothing in our lives to look forward to,” There are plenty of Christmas trees in the alley already, and I just thought,’ Why is everyone rushing to do this now?’ Life is not normal, so why pretend it is?’ Councils may not agree, as many plan tree collections for early to mid-January, and short-staffed teams are likely to be unimpressed in four weeks by the prospect of trees piling up on sidewalks.
Among others, Chester, Leicester, Salisbury and Durham cathedrals keep Christmas decorations until the end of the month, as are TV host Amanda Holden, who tried to emulate the supposed approach of the Queen on Tuesday, and BBC Breakfast host Louise Minchin, who said her tree will remain up for “quite a while.” Does your Christmas tree stay or go? @mrdanwalker and @louiseminchin are shared on #BBCBreakfast. English Heritage encourages individuals to abandon them. https://t.co/5agoteHMjE pic.twitter.com/wb7li7h80r- January 5, 2021 BBC Breakfast (@BBCBreakfast)
Even, most of us will be shocked to see a Christmas tree in place after this week under normal circumstances.
Susannah Clark, a 68-year-old retired nurse from Milton Keynes, scoffs at such conventions – and has had hers up since December 2019.Her tree is artificial, which negates the risk of needles falling, but not that of surprised relatives on Zoom calls. There is no point in eliminating it once it’s up by midsummer, Clark says. What’s the point? At the beginning of the pandemic, Clark, who came out of retirement to triage potential cases of coronavirus by phone, expects to leave her tree in place again this year. “What’s the point? Clark, who came out of retirement to triage possible coronavirus cases by phone at the beginning of the pandemic, expects to leave her tree in place again this year. ”
And then let’s have it.