Christmas decorations Every year I get confused is 12th night the 5th or 6th of Jan? Tweet Comments Showing 4 of 4 SuffolkBoy1956 5 months ago It's the 6th in our house. Capel Mum 4 months, 4 weeks ago It should be the fifth really, but lots of people think it is the sixth.Originally, Christmas, started at sunset on 24 December. Hence Christmas Evening (or Christmas Eve). Christmas would then continue until nightfall on the 25th which started St. Stephen's Day, (Boxing Day) To our ancestors therefore, the Twelfth night after Christmas would have been the evening before 6th January. - ie 5th January. So I suppose that means that we should really take them down just before sunset on the fifth!! Teresa P 4 months, 4 weeks ago Think its the 6th. I'm with Upstix capel lady 4 months, 4 weeks ago Thanks all re views 5th or 6th Dec for Dec's to come down, great knowledge Capel mum think I will take them down on night of the 5 th. Comments are closed. Why not start a new conversation?