In England, the Christmas decorations are left in place until the 6th day of January, and since old habits are hard to break, the decorations around our house, are still in place.
Yule is the period traditionally celebrated between late December and the end of January, marking Winter on the "Wheel of the Year". It is also one of the names given to the Winter Solstice, which falls on or around the 21st December each year.
For Pagans, Yule is their traditional festival to mark this time of the year. On the darkest, longest night, that of Winter Solstice, communities of old gathered around the Yule log to celebrate the birth of the son of the Goddess, The Mabon.
Christianity later chose the 25th December to mark the birthday of Jesus Christ, placing it in line with the Pagan Winter Solstice. Before the coming of Christianity, the wise men and women of the community would have announced that the festive magical workings had brought about a return of the Light. This magic would have involved decorating homes, sharing gifts, lighting bonfires, and giving offerings to the gods, such as red berries and seasonal greenery.
Since we are predicted to receive three to five inches of snow in the next two days, I think the decorations will be snugly in place for the next week or so.
That's OK with me, I like the look of twinkling fairy lights in the glistening snow.