When do you decorate for Christmas?

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Post # 2
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Sugar bee

Last year, I put up our tree and decorations the day after Halloween LOL…and I’ll probably do the same this year. I don’t have the same problem with Thanksgiving though since I’m Canadian and we already had ours a few weeks ago! My DH is pretty laidback so I don’t think he would care when I wanted to decorate. 😁

Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 1997

I generally have my Christmas trees and decorations up the evening of Thanksgiving. So I don’t have them up when we have people over for Thanksgiving, but after they’ve left and I’ve cleaned up, out come the decorations! I can’t imagine only having them up for a week or two if you put them up “a good ways into December”!

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2019

The same debate happens every year at our house! I LOVE Christmas. Like, when I lived alone, Christmas decor went up in early-mid November and stayed well into January. DH is a bit of a scrooge, so it took A LOT of negotiating to get to our current agreement of “it can go up the first weekend of December, and comes down January 2nd”. This year, I turn 38 weeks pregnant ON Thanksgiving and am determined that this baby will come home to a full Christmas wonderland, so he is just going to have to suck it up when it goes up the day before Thanksgiving. If we’re spending all this time at home taking it easy/recovering, I want it to be festive. 

Post # 6
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 1997

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@neroren41:  Ah, I see. Mine usually comes down NYE or New Year’s Day. My birthday is also in December – the 21st. Despite there rarely being much of a separation between my birthday and Christmas, I have always loved the season. I wish there were an excuse to have glowing lights up all the time!

Post # 8
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Newbee

Usually start November 1st with the tree over here. Then I slowly put out everything else. It’s way too much work to only have up for a month, the kids absolutely love it, and I take it all down the week after Christmas (except the tree… I “undecorate” it and leave it up as long as possible lol). Then again, I’m Canadian and out Thanksgiving is in October!

I think if I did over the top decor I would wait until December. I keep it pretty neutral and classic, though. It doesn’t feel overwhelming or gaudy. Like, I’m not sick of it by the time Christmas rolls around. 

Post # 9
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I like to get the up the weekend immediately following thanksgiving.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2018 - UK

We tend to put the tree up around a week into December, and take it down around the 4th Jan. We don’t have any other decorations, just a tree. We’re British, so the Thanksgiving clash isn’t an issue for us. Neither my husband or I are particularly fussed about Christmas, there have been years when we haven’t even bothered with the tree

Post # 12
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Busy bee

First weekend in December it all goes up. I am itching to take it down on 26 Dec but DH contains me until 1 Jan. I love that day, taking down the decorations and clearing everything away and cleaning up after the Christmas holidays. It’s the best way to face into the new year. I’m ready for spring, even though its ages away. I love Thanksgiving colors so that is a separate theme from Christmas but I don’t do much in terms of decorations, wreaths on doors, a few pumpkins, the focus is the tabkescape. There are no rules do what makes you feel happy.

Post # 13
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Sugar Beekeeper

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@kittycatcat:  

Pretty much the same for us. I am English and he is Australian so Thanksgiving doesn’t come into it . I put up our pretty minimal stuff up sometime in December and take it down on Twelfth Night , which is 5th Jan l think. Not sure why l adhere to the 12 days of Christmas idea as neither of us is religious at all. I like the tradition perhaps, which is also why we always have a wreath on the front  door. 

Post # 14
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Honey Beekeeper

I really dislike the way some stores and homes start with the Christmas decorations, music, and themes before Thanksgiving or even Halloween. It is, IMO, inappropriate, but the stores will do anything to extend the retail shopping season and now you see some people following suit. To me it’s overload and about the over commercialization of Christmas. 

While there’s obviously no law preventing you, I have to agree with your husband and think it’s in bad taste. On that note, anything past the first week in January is also pushing it. 

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2019

On Black Friday we bring all the Christmas decor up from the basement and I start decorating. I don’t ever shop on Black Friday. I used to work retail when I was young and want nothing to do with it lol.  

Saturday morning we get Starbucks and go to the local Christmas tree farm and buy our tree. We let it open and rest in the stand for the day while I decorate the rest of the house and that night I put on the lights. 

Sunday evening we put on a mix of our favorite Christmas albums and decorate our tree. Johnny Mathis “Merry Christmas” album is my absolute favorite as I grew up decorating the tree with my family. My husband had no tradition like that and I’m so happy to be able to share it with him. 

New Year’s Day I make hot chocolate and we burn the tree in our fire pit. 

What if you put up the large tree and decorate it with fall leaves garland, small corn cobs, or other fall-ish things like that you can find at craft stores. Some pumpkins and gourds around the base would be cute too. This way you’d have some festivity but it’s not Christmasy. 

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