when do you start holiday decorating>>
we started the 4th of november. we have 1/3 of the outside lights done and two wreaths hung up, started picking up ornaments. we have garland up too.
We start a bit after Thanksgiving, around the end of November/beginning of December. We like to give Thanksgiving some celebration before we skip right into Christmas.
Last year it was right after Halloween, this year we're going to wait until Black Friday.
Thanksgiving weekend! We leave it all up until New Years.
When my house is reasonably clean, and I have the motivation.
None of the above... it normally falls between Thanksgiving and Dec1. But we put all of our decorations up on the first day of Advent (or the eve of). Which is awesome because sometimes it ends up being my bday :D So this year that's December 2nd or the night before.
I'm going to hopefully start decorating on Black Friday, depending upon how tired I am from working.
My husband doesn't like it when the holidays overlap too much, but he's fine with me going Christmas crazy as soon as Thanksgiving is over. If it were up to me, I'd like to have Christmas decorations up just before Thanksgiving, as it all feels like the holiday season. :)
Usually the first weekend of December as its when we buy our tree :)
The outside lights will be going up soon (before it gets too cold) but we probably won't turn them on until around Thanksgiving. The inside stuff will probably get done Thanksgiving weekend.
None of the above. We are decorating this weekend, so it's not right after Halloween but it's also earlier than Thanksgiving. We take everything down on Jan 1 though. I get sick of Christmas stuff after Christmas!!
I wish it was now!! FI is very much against that as he loves thanksgiving. I grew up in a foreign household so we didnt do thanksgiving. Im shooting for black friday/that weekend.
None of the above.. the answer is never!! FI and I are both too lazy to decorate LoL. Last year we had a tiny tree but this year we probably won't even have one (too risky for our rabbit to eat it).
Last year my parents house wasn't decorated until the 23rd (of december) because no one was motivated to do it so they waited until I got home for break. They claimed it was because I would be upset if I didn't get to decorate the tree, but they hadn't even purchased a tree. I like decorating but I would have been perfectly content to bake cookies instead. Idk when they will decorate this year since I'm not going home. (Stupid job makes me work christmas eve and I live several states away from my family.)
I always start right after Thanksgiving, either black Friday or sometime during the weekend. If I had my way I would start sooner though :P I've been planning my holiday decor since early October (we're in a new larger home this year so I have a lot more space to decorate).
@Kit_Kath: "If I had my way I would start sooner though." Same here, haha!
Usually the weekend after Thanksgiving. This year probably will be later since we will be out of state for Thanksgiving.
Sometime after Thanksgiving but not necessarily immeadiately on Black Friday.
But Thanksgiving 100% must be done first in my book.
Black Friday or the next day if I'm too exhausted (I work retail).
We usually put everything up the weekend after Thanksgiving and leave up till Jan 2.
Usually after my birthday (Dec. 4). I also take everything down generally the day after Christmas. Everything looks so sad sitting there after the holiday is done. Plus, I put up 11 Christmas trees, and once Christmas is over, I want my house back to normal STAT!
We get our tree the day after thanksgiving and spend the weekend decorating. It's such a nice family weekend! We loveee Christmas, so we can't wait :)
None of the above. We don't decorate until mid-December.
Any day now. Probably next week actually. Usually happens after my birthday (this Saturday), but before my dad's (next Thursday).
My SO's mother puts them up November 1. She gets so excited, it's cute. We had our Thanksgiving in October, so for Canada, there is no more major holidays until Christmas.
Usually around the second week of December and I'll have it all down by New Years.
But all I do is a tree and decorate the mantle.
I love Christmas!!!! But I temper myself and wait until the week after Thanksgiving. (We travel for Thanksgiving so it's hard to do it until the week after; if I was staying home I'd probably start on Black Friday.)
I follow tradition and put up decorations on the 1st day of advent and take them down on epiphany. I thought everyone other than supermarkets did that? I'm so surprised by the responses! Wow, it must be regional..
@iheartnerds: This. I start after Thanksgiving, but I didn't vote because on Black Friday I'll be working midnight till 5AM, going home to sleep, then going back to work from 5pm till 11pm. So there will not be any decorating that day!
I refuse to leave the house on Black Friday because of traffic, so I use that day to stay in, have some hot cider, play some xmas music, and decorate. I don't actually get the lights up for a little while longer, though.
@anemonie: Smart...I wish I could do that, lol. I swear that once I don't work retail anymore I will never ever go shopping on Black Friday. Fingers crossed this will be my last year!
does anyone who doesn't celebrate Christmas actually do any special decorating for the holidays?
OP, I appreciate that you're trying to be inclusive by using "holidays" here instead of "Christmas," but trees, ornaments, stockings, lights outside, wreaths, etc, are all related to Christmas. As a Jew, we never do any special decorating. On Hannuka we take our menorah down from the shelf to light the candles, but that's the extent of it. I know I'm being overly sensitive here--I know I'm splitting hairs, because if this was a post about Christmas decorating I probably wouldn't have even noticed it--but the assumption that everyone celebrates the holidays via explicitly Christmas-related traditions can be really frustrating. I realize that Christmas is totally mainstream and secular for many people (though of course it has religious meaning for many as well), but it still is based on a religious tradition that not everyone shares. The holidays encompass many other types of traditions.
I have my fall/thanksgiving decor up now. We will start with Christmas stuff thanksgiving weekend. Can't wait for the smell of the fresh Christmas tree!
Our tradition since we moved in together has been to go to a tree farm on Black Friday, pick out our tree & decorate it that night. The inside and outside of the house usually follows that day or the following day. Can't wait! :)
@Wonderstruck: Working retail around the holidays is rough! I worked at a mall all through college, though I think I hate return season after x-mas even more than Black Friday! DH is working retail now, so he'll have to work Black Friday, but hopefully this is his last holiday season at his current job.
@finnaroo: I am not Christian but celebrate Christmas as a secular holiday, as do a lot of non-Christians in my area. A lot of not-religiously-explicit decorations have even become dissociated from Christmas in my region as it's regarded more as a time of year. I have friends who don't celebrate it at all but still decorate with lights, electric candles in the windows, hanging snowflakes, and winter-growing plants like Poinsettias, which to me have no specific association with Christmas or Christian traditions.
@finnaroo: Many of the 'Christmas' traditions actually come from Pagan traditions. I know that's where the Christmas tree comes from.
I am Christian though, and celebrate Christmas as many people do including a tree! Usually I start decorating around Dec. 1, although we don't do much to our apartment anymore. I can't imagine having decorations up before November 11. Something about having them up on Remembrance Day just seems a little crass to me. No offense to anyone who wants them up before then though!
@finnaroo: I have many Jewish friends/neighbors that put up lights outside just because they like how it looks. A couple even put up trees because their kids love decorating it.
I would love to start at the beginning of November, but I can't bring myself to decorate without a tree. And since my SO is adamant that we cut our own tree down, I have to wait on him to get it. And he doesn't want the tree till the beginning of December, so I'll have to wait till then.
We are going to spend December 4th decorating... as a new tradition. That's our dating anniversary, and it'll be nice to be able to spend it decorating for our favorite holiday and then going out for dinner. :)
@Sea_bass: This! I was really suprised that some decorations in these responses don't even get to see the New Year! We always leave ours up until Old Christmas Day, which if I'm not mistaken, is Epiphany, the 6th. Correct?
Although now we decorate early so that when DHs coworkers come over the night of the Christmas party, we can have a Christmas pre-party at our place and decorations are up. Thats around November 25th every year.
But no matter when we put them up they always stay until after the 6th. I guess this is just what I grew up with and it feels wrong to me to take it down before that. To each their own :)
we don't do it on a certain day, just whenever we have the time. it's somewhere between black friday and christmas. one year we were so busy we didn't put up the tree until the day before christmas eve!
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