I don’t know what it’s like where the rest of you live. But where I live, SE Michigan, winter is coming later and later each year. I guess it is because of global warming. (Oh, wait a minute. I can’t say that, because it has never been proven;).)
In any event, taking them down January 1st just seems a waste, to me at least. One method of reckoning the Christmas season says wait until the Feast of the Epiphany, January 6th. But I think I may even have a way of going further than that.
A book on Polish cooking I have says they keep it up till Candlemas Day, a/k/a Ground Hog’s Day. And I am Polish, part at least (Polish was my mother’s first language, they say). And it does make sense.
There are the Solstices. And there are the Equinoxes. And then there are the so-called “cross-quarter days”. (Here is where Cecil even goes into the subject, a little.) So really, it stands to reason, the next pagan season doesn’t begin until February 2nd (hey, we were all pagans once).
What do the rest of you think? And is there else anyone with me on this?