Post # 1
…to start setting up Christmas decorations? Last year DH purchased me an amazing Christmas Tree (it was funny because underneath the tree was another tree) and I’ve never got to really set it up. I played around it, but I didn’t get to decorate it or anything, so this year I am super excited about decorating for Christmas, I even have been purchasing really nice ornaments over the year, preparing for this year! (I’ve had a ton of really cheap/mismatched ornaments, but no nice glass ones)
So… with that said, I’ve never been one to set up Christmas before Thanksgiving, despite how excited I am. My traditons were always the day after (or the Saturday after depending on Black Friday Sales) and then I get to enjoy the days leading up to Christmas without skipping a holiday. In department stores, Thanksgiving seems to get an aisle, and Christmas takes front and center, and I can completely understand why because it gives people more time to buy, therefore generating more income for the store! (Reminds people to buy presents too… and studies have shown that if you start buying presents earlier you’ll buy more presents than if you were to wait until the last minute).
Anyway, the Thanksgiving mark seems to be a popular “appropriate” time to start setting up Christmas for many Americans (though I know several people who set up before Thanksgiving too), however, I am curious as to how soon is too soon for non-American Bees. My cousins in Japan don’t set up their tree until Christmas Eve (not sure if this is typical for Japan or just how they do it).
So.. “how soon is too soon” for YOU to start decorating for Christmas (if, of course, you celebrate/decorate)?
Post # 3
@LynnSnow: In do not ever decorate until Thanksgiving night. A tradition in my home. If the kids want to decorate the windows I might give in by a week but my tree goes up on Thanksgiving and that is that lol
Post # 4
@realtreegal: I think we’d probably do it on Thanksgiving too if it weren’t that we were always at my grandparents on Thanksgiving (when I was a child), and now Thanksgiving is either at my in-laws or at my parents’ house. This year it’s looking like my in-laws might be coming with us to my parents (we all live rediculously close to each other now). I love holidays, and I love decorating for Christmas! Such a feel-good feeling!
Post # 5
@LynnSnow: I am a Christmas freak, but I always wait until at least the day after Thanksgiving to decorate because Thanksgiving is important to me too.
We kind of have this tradition where we set up the tree, Christmas music blaring and have our glass of wine (this year orange juice for me–darn!). We always take a picture by our tree afterwards as well, so I think that is one of the reasons I get so antsy to set up for Christmas 🙂
Post # 6
@megz06: I do the same type of thing (thanksgiving night) with my kids. We drink hot cocoa and play Christmas music. Usually try to make a christmas craft/tree decoration but doesn’t always happen.
I really do love Christmas, I just don’t like that it seems to end up in stores in SEPTEMBER! lol
Post # 7
We are decorating this weekend, I think! Granted, we will be visiting family starting around December 15, so I want to get in a few early weeks of enjoying our Christmas stuff!
I say decorate whenever the heck you want!! 🙂
Post # 8
I don’t get the Christmas decofrations out until the weekend after thanksgiving. We usually go get our tree that Friday. Unfortunately this year we’ll be out of town (which we’re looking forward to) but WAH I’m gonna miss an entire week without it!
Post # 9
I’m Canadian, so our Thanksgiving was last month. I always wait until after Remebrance Day. Then all bets are off. This year it looks like I’ll be decorating next week. I’m off for 3 weeks starting today and December is already booked up.
I’m stoked. I love Christmas.
Post # 10
- Wedding: September 2014 - Banff, Alberta
After Remembrance Day is considered the respectful time to put them up in Canada. Some places start the day after Halloween.
Post # 11
@LynnSnow: I like to at least wait until about the end of nov. Then it starts to feel like the Xmas season.
Post # 12
I start decorating December 1st but we don’t decorate the tree until December 23rd.
Post # 13
My dad’s birthday is at the begining of December and we made it a tradition to never decorate until after his birthday. I personally think that each ‘holiday’ should get it’s ‘own’ time, and hate when you have Christmas stuff out before Halloween, Halloween stuff out before back to school is done (begining of September). And I think it’s VERY disrespectful to put out Christmas stuff before Remembrance Day! About the only legitimate excuse for that one is if you have a sick kid who might not make it until Dec. 25. If I were American and my dad’s birthday were not at the begining of December there’s no way my decorations would be up before Thanksgiving (ours is in October, and that would be really wrong!)
Post # 14
@LynnSnow: My family traditionally celebrates the Advent season in December leading up to Christmas, as our Christmas season begins with Christmas. Therefore, we put our tree up a couple of days before Christmas and take it down sometime after the 12 Days of Christmas are over.
Question for the Bees: Has the Advent season always been treated like the Christmas season in the US? Is Advent something that is not done here?
I don’t think I’ve met an American family that does it and have always wondered this!
Post # 15
Thank you all ladies! I had to run an errand, so sorry I didn’t reply sooner! It is great getting all these different traditions and ideas on when people start setting up for Christmas. I have a neighbor or two that’ve already started this year!
@MissMarple: I think the Advent is something that is included in the “Christmas Season”. I know around here, Christmas doesn’t end with Christmas, and the Christmas season lasts until the first or second week of January. Honestly, I think most places associate the start of the Advent as the start of the Christmas season.
I know the church I grew up going to celebrated the Advent (lighting of the candles each Sunday, special readings and decorations). However, in our house it was definitely Christmas time, and we had Christmas music playing, Christmas movies, “elf” watches, etc.