Why Dolly Parton Leaves Her Christmas Decorations Up Through Mid-January

Some people believe it’s bad luck to leave your Christmas decorations up past the widely-accepted deadline of the Day of Epiphany, after the Twelfth Night. But Dolly Parton makes her own rules, and she recently revealed that her decorations stay up beyond mid-January.

“I put up my Christmas decorations the day after Thanksgiving,” Parton said during a recent appearance on Cody Alan’s podcast Cody Cast. “I celebrate Christmas and Thanksgiving until my birthday on the 19th of January. I always make them leave my decorations up till after my birthday, ’cause I am still celebrating.”

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And what better reason is there? Besides, Parton is in good company. Queen Elizabeth II is another famous Christmas decoration rule breaker, leaving her own baubles on display until Feb. 6 as a tribute to her father, King George VI, who died at Sandringham (where the Queen usually spends Christmas) on Feb. 6, 1952.

When Parton finally takes down her tree, she’ll have celebrated her 75th birthday. Of course, she’s showing no signs of slowing down. Her “Holly Dolly Christmas” album (her first full-length Christmas album in 30 years) dropped in October, and the following month saw the release of her Netflix movie “Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square.”  If that wasn’t enough, she also launched a bakeware line and a Christmas sweater and sweatshirt collection.

It seems that the Christmas decoration rule is one that most people think can be broken. A study carried out earlier this year found that more than half of Americans think it’s absolutely fine to leave holiday decorations up past the beginning of January. And COVID-19 crisis has also influenced how people decorate — 83% of respondents said they intended to decorate earlier than usual, keep decorations up longer than usual, or both. Hey, if you can’t have your house however you please during a global pandemic, when can you?