Post # 16
Normally I am all for waiting until the day after Thanksgiving. I am accepting of outdoor lights prior to that though (though I don’t think it’s necessary to turn them on), because in our climate, the light strings will freeze and make it hard to stretch them out once they’re cold. Plus who really wants to decorate when it’s in the teens. This year we did it a week early though. We are busy with a wedding all weekend right after thanksgiving and the following weekend we have a bunch of stuff going on too. So just for time contraints we did it early. To each their own I suppose.
Post # 17
I always put it up right after my birthday which is November 7th. I also aim to finish my shopping by end of November so I have almost a whole month of enjoying my tree + presents under the tree. Christmas is my favourite holiday plus I just love my white tree and all the beautiful lights so like to have it up as much as possible. I don’t think I took my tree down last year until Feb or March…
Post # 18
Canadian Thanksgiving falls roughly during the second week of October so most people don’t use that as the start of the holiday season. We saw indoor Christmas trees in the windows of a few houses nearby that went up the day after Halloween. Over the last couple of weeks, many homes put up their outdoor lights but I’m thinking that’s mostly because we had quite a bit of snow last week, plus people want to get it done before it gets too cold. I absolutely love Christmas BUT we’ll be putting up the lights/wreath this weekend to coincide with the 1st of December. We’ll probably put up our tree a week or so after that because we always do a live tree….yayyy!!!
Post # 19
Usually a week or two after Halloween. Yep, I’m one of the early decorators! The reason being that (about last week I quit my job but *usually*) we all – me, SO, my parents – work on Thanksgiving and between then and Christmas it is absolutely crazy and we barely have any time off. So there have been years where if we don’t put up the tree and decor before Thanksgiving, it just never gets put up at all due to lack of time.
Post # 20
I feel like a tree decorated before Remembrance Day is too early. If people want to get it out, non-decorated when they dig out their Halloween stuff or outdoor Christmas lights before it gets slippery, that doesn’t seem too out there, except for the fact it takes up space.
Post # 21
TiaMP: Us too – day after Thanksgiving. We put up our Christmas lights last weekend because we had unseasonably warm weather but haven’t turned them on. I am in TOTAL agreement of STOP rushing Christmas – around here, stores and houses were decked out Nov 1 and it made me SO MAD!
Post # 22
My husbands birthday is the end of November so usually the last weekend of November or the first weekend in December. We’re going to decorate this Sunday, I’m so excited.
Post # 23
As someone who has less than a healthy dose of Christmas cheer, I really despise when decorations start going up now-a-days. I have seen them up before Halloween! I love Halloween and Thanksgiving, and I hate seeing them get passed over. My tree goes up December 1st and comes down December 31st.
Post # 24
We bought our tree today and already decorated. In our defense, we celebrated Thanksgiving on Monday so it was the next step. Usually we put it up the day after Thanksgiving (the actual date), but since we celebrated early we were excited for the next step.
Post # 25
I usually put it up during the Thanksgiving weekend. It’s an artificial tree, so I just have to move it out of the basement.
Post # 26
Canadian here, we at least wait until after Remembrance Day to set up the decorations out of respect. Fi and I put up our tree this past weekend. We both work crazy shift work and it was our only free night until the week before christmas.
Post # 27
For the life of me, I can’t figure out why people would be offended when someone else puts up a tree inside their home. It’s their home, they can do what they like. Other than seeing the lights in their window, it has no impact on anyone else’s life whatsoever.
We don’t so ours until mid -December. It keeps Christmas special for us and not a whole season.
Post # 28
julies1949: I agree with you. It’s silly to take something like that personally.
Growing up, we always put the tree up the day after Thanksgiving. Since Darling Husband and I don’t have kids yet, I’m usually not in a huge rush to get it up, so typically the first week of December.
Post # 29
I’m in Aus so don’t celebrate thanksgiving and my Christmas tree goes up in november. Once the decorations are up in the shops it’s fair game. I love Christmas!
Post # 30
Usually the weekend after thanksgiving but we are going out of town this year so we put it up a week early. It will be all set up when we get home :). We didn’t put anything but the tree up yet.