Have You Heard Of This Iowa Tradition?
There is a tradition amongst some in the Midwest that involves keeping your Christmas tree for 365 days. This tradition is loosely based on Twelfth Night, but is still it's own thing. A number of Iowans keep this tradition alive.
While it's a bit of a fire hazard and the beginnings of this tradition are a bit hazy, people like my grandfather have celebrated this event their entire life. There are also legends about it. For instance, if a Robin builds a nest in your tree, you will have good luck, or if it keeps some green, you'll find love.
This tradition is usually celebrated or done between May and September. My Grandfather had a lot of luck this May. He was nice enough to send me some pictures of this year's tradition.
In the text my grandfather said,
My grandfather is a huge animal lover, so it was great to see how happy he was to have these Robbins.
It's been a few months now and these robins are grown up, and still hanging around the area. My grandpa is hoping to possibly get a few nests in the next tree.
While this tradition isn't the most popular one out there, I've noticed a fair number of Iowans who celebrated in one way or another. Sometimes people celebrate because they are lazy, and don't want to throw out the tree, others are based on genuine tradition.
Do you have a friend or family member who celebrates this random tradition, or is this your first-time hearing about it?