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Title: Spin off of taking Christmas decortions down- When do you put them up
Post by: Evil Duckie on September 24, 2010, 10:28:25 AM
One of my neighbors last night was telling several of us that they were looking forward to Nov. 1 when they could put all their Christmas decorations. She said that she wished that she could decorate both inside and outside for Christmas around Sept. 1 but that her family was totally against it stating that she had to wait until at least Nov. 1.

My family tends to decorate around Thanksgiving or early Dec.
Title: Re: Spin off of taking Christmas decortions down- When do you put them up
Post by: Animala on September 24, 2010, 10:33:58 AM
The weekend after Thanksgiving.
Title: Re: Spin off of taking Christmas decortions down- When do you put them up
Post by: Giggity on September 24, 2010, 10:37:39 AM
Weekend after Thanksgiving - unless I put 'em up in July, that's my first free weekend.
Title: Re: Spin off of taking Christmas decortions down- When do you put them up
Post by: Lovemykids on September 24, 2010, 11:06:37 AM
The weekend after Thanksgiving.

Me, too.  And they come down around Epiphany.

There's a house near me on which the holiday decorations have remained in place for the past three years.  Seriously, I remember seeing them go up the first year and they have never come down since.  I thought perhaps the people who lived there had moved and not sold the house, or something like that, but I see evidence of life there whenever I drive by -- the lawn is mowed, there are pots of herbs on the picnic table out back, etc.  But the grapevine reindeer, the window wreaths, and some fake pine garland on the front porch have remained, month after month, for the past three years. 
Title: Re: Spin off of taking Christmas decortions down- When do you put them up
Post by: Arrynne on September 24, 2010, 11:57:19 AM
Depends on whether I'm getting a real tree or not.  If I get a real tree, it goes up 1-2 weeks before Christmas, and goes down right after New Year's.  If it's a fake tree year, I'm happy to put it up anytime after Thanksgiving dinner.
Title: Re: Spin off of taking Christmas decortions down- When do you put them up
Post by: QueenofAllThings on September 24, 2010, 12:20:54 PM
Outdoor greenery and/or lights - first week of December (weather dependent).
Indoors, generally between the first and second week of December. Generally, it's a process, and I do it during the day when the children are in school. The tree itself usually goes up the 2nd/3rd weekend in December (again, depending on the date and schedules) and we have a little family decorating time, which involves lots of champagne and silly Santa hats.
Title: Re: Spin off of taking Christmas decortions down- When do you put them up
Post by: MrsO on September 24, 2010, 12:31:13 PM
Everything goes up first of December in our house.
Title: Re: Spin off of taking Christmas decortions down- When do you put them up
Post by: Shoo on September 24, 2010, 12:35:04 PM
The weekend after Thanksgiving.

Same here.  It's been the weekend after Thanksgiving for as long as I can remember.  But this is for outside decorations only.  We don't do the inside of the house until after December 8th, which is my husband's birthday (don't want Christmas to overshadow his birthday).
Title: Re: Spin off of taking Christmas decortions down- When do you put them up
Post by: Giggity on September 24, 2010, 01:21:16 PM
Shoo, that's so sweet of you!

My birthday is December 27. Mama Isabella used to bust all sorts of hiney to take Christmas stuff down on the 26th so my birthday wouldn't be Christmas Afterthought.

Now that I'm grown, I leave my lights up until January. I love Christmas lights.
Title: Re: Spin off of taking Christmas decortions down- When do you put them up
Post by: camlan on September 24, 2010, 01:42:34 PM
I start on December 1st. I do one thing a day for Christmas until Christmas Eve, which is when the tree goes up. I don't do a ton of decorating; a lot of it is baking Christmas cookies or writing Christmas cards. It's just a way of letting Christmas come in slowly, instead of in a huge rush. And it solves the problem of being thoroughly tired of Christmas on Christmas night. So Dec. 1, I put up the Advent calendar. Dec. 2, the Christmas mugs come out. Dec. 3, I bake snowflake cookies, and so on. Everything comes down after 12th Night.

I got the general idea from Madeline L'Engle's book, The Twenty-four Days Before Christmas .
Title: Re: Spin off of taking Christmas decortions down- When do you put them up
Post by: rhirhi on September 24, 2010, 02:22:28 PM
The weekend after Thanksgiving.

Same here.  It's been the weekend after Thanksgiving for as long as I can remember.  But this is for outside decorations only.  We don't do the inside of the house until after December 8th, which is my husband's birthday (don't want Christmas to overshadow his birthday).

My older DD's birthday is the 12th of December, and I think I'm going to adopt your idea, too. I really would *love* to be 'that' house on the street (you know, everyone waits to see their lights) but I don't want DD1's birthday to fall by the wayside, it kind of already does because the second weekend of Dec is DH's family's Christmas.
Title: Re: Spin off of taking Christmas decortions down- When do you put them up
Post by: CherryRipe on September 26, 2010, 06:17:47 AM
Usually about a week before Christmas, give or take a few days.
Title: Re: Spin off of taking Christmas decortions down- When do you put them up
Post by: CherryRipe on September 26, 2010, 06:22:43 AM
The weekend after Thanksgiving.

Me, too.  And they come down around Epiphany.

There's a house near me on which the holiday decorations have remained in place for the past three years.  Seriously, I remember seeing them go up the first year and they have never come down since.  I thought perhaps the people who lived there had moved and not sold the house, or something like that, but I see evidence of life there whenever I drive by -- the lawn is mowed, there are pots of herbs on the picnic table out back, etc.  But the grapevine reindeer, the window wreaths, and some fake pine garland on the front porch have remained, month after month, for the past three years. 

That reminds me of this girl I knew in grade 6 and 7--her family left their jack-o-lantern on the porch from just before Halloween, straight through March or something insane like that.  The problem?  This was back before everyone was buying electric Styrooam pumpkins--theirs was a REAL one.
Title: Re: Spin off of taking Christmas decortions down- When do you put them up
Post by: klm75 on September 26, 2010, 08:36:13 AM
My older DD's birthday is the 12th of December, and I think I'm going to adopt your idea, too. I really would *love* to be 'that' house on the street (you know, everyone waits to see their lights) but I don't want DD1's birthday to fall by the wayside, it kind of already does because the second weekend of Dec is DH's family's Christmas.

My DD shares a birthday with yours :)  We have her birthday party the first Saturday in December (to avoid too much overlap with Christmas parties) and decorate the house on the Sunday.

Outdoor decorations usually go up the weekend after November 11.
Title: Re: Spin off of taking Christmas decortions down- When do you put them up
Post by: KenveeB on September 26, 2010, 08:36:48 AM
Growing up, we always decorated the day after Thanksgiving.  But nowadays I'm still at my parents' house then, so I have to wait to do my house on the Saturday after Thanksgiving instead.  I love it -- I pop in my Muppet Christmas Carol and sing along while I decorate. :D

I actually decorate three times -- my grandmother's house on Thanksgiving afternoon (she can't do it on her own anymore), my parents' house on Friday, and then my place on Saturday.
Title: Re: Spin off of taking Christmas decortions down- When do you put them up
Post by: Elfmama on September 26, 2010, 08:53:21 AM
Depends on whether I'm getting a real tree or not.  If I get a real tree, it goes up 1-2 weeks before Christmas, and goes down right after New Year's.  If it's a fake tree year, I'm happy to put it up anytime after Thanksgiving dinner.
This.  We've done the fake tree for several years, though, as we have been flying out to see my parents the week between Xmas and New Years and don't want to worry about a real tree drying out too much.
Title: Re: Spin off of taking Christmas decortions down- When do you put them up
Post by: Miss March on September 26, 2010, 12:15:36 PM
Our tradition is to decorate the house for Christmas on the day after Thanksgiving. I never shop on "Black Friday." Instead, we put up the (fake) tree, I play Christmas music, bake some of those easy to bake Pillsbury cookies, and I decorate the tree and the house. It's a wonderfully relaxing and fun way to start the season!
Title: Re: Spin off of taking Christmas decortions down- When do you put them up
Post by: nrb80 on September 26, 2010, 12:35:32 PM
I've put them up on the 24th, on Christmas day, and one painful year on the 26th, took pictures, and took them down!

I think Thanksgiving..... but at least wait for Halloween to be over!
Title: Re: Spin off of taking Christmas decortions down- When do you put them up
Post by: NestHolder on September 26, 2010, 12:59:45 PM
I don't put up any Christmas decorations until the children have finished school/are home for the holidays, so getting on for the 20th December.  My DD likes to dictate participate in the purchasing of the tree, and it used to be that she and her little brother would decorate it.  DS usually declines to participate nowadays, as he is bored by tree decorating, so DD and I do it together.  However, last year the two of them put various items around the living room/dining room, and the strings of baubles over the pictures... never got taken down.  It seems a bit redundant at this point!
Title: Re: Spin off of taking Christmas decortions down- When do you put them up
Post by: Rosey on September 26, 2010, 01:22:37 PM
Well, I'm assuming everyone will be nice when I saw this since it is in etiquette forum.  ;)

I'm a November 1st person.  8)

I LOVE Christmas decorations. I love trees and lights and scents. I love reds, and greens, and wrapped presents, and religious symbols, and more. I tend to be a, "If you're going to do it, do it BIG" kind of person, but I keep all of this inside my house. I have a big house with big rooms, so I have small trees all over my house. I have one main tree in my living room, and two 5' tall thin trees in my front rooms (library and dining room). We use these three trees for our three families - presents for my mom's family go under one tree, my dad's family under another, and my husband's family (who are not divorced) under another.

We take everything down by January 6th for sure, but we like to put it up early.   :)
Title: Re: Spin off of taking Christmas decortions down- When do you put them up
Post by: mechtilde on September 26, 2010, 02:47:51 PM
Christmas Eve. We have a real tree- the men who run the little plantation we get it from recognise us as regulars now. If there isn't a nice tree available already cut, we go and choose one and they cut it in front of us.

DH is German, and this is a very important tradition to him.
Title: Re: Spin off of taking Christmas decortions down- When do you put them up
Post by: Information_queen on September 26, 2010, 03:30:29 PM
Shoo, that's so sweet of you!

My birthday is December 27. Mama Isabella used to bust all sorts of hiney to take Christmas stuff down on the 26th so my birthday wouldn't be Christmas Afterthought.

Now that I'm grown, I leave my lights up until January. I love Christmas lights.

That's funny, because my birthday is New Years and I always insisted the decorations be left up until after my birthday!

I have to check my lease before I decorate. We're allowed to put stuff in the windows (which usually have to remain undecorated 'only the white blinds showing from the street') but I believe we have some restrictions on how long they can be up.

Not that I'll do much, we live in an apartment.
Title: Re: Spin off of taking Christmas decortions down- When do you put them up
Post by: Just Lori on September 26, 2010, 06:21:06 PM
I've met a woman who keeps Christmas decorations up all year.  They are very tastefully done and actually fit into her decor.  It's not my thing, but she's happy.

Personally, I put them up during the weekend after Thanksgiving.  I love my Christmas decorations, but I'm always ready to take them down afterwards.  Decorations seem to mock me on December 26: "Ha!  Christmas is over.  Now you have four more months of gloom and snow!  At least get rid of all of this clutter."
Title: Re: Spin off of taking Christmas decortions down- When do you put them up
Post by: Rosey on September 26, 2010, 06:47:33 PM
Shoo, that's so sweet of you!

My birthday is December 27. Mama Isabella used to bust all sorts of hiney to take Christmas stuff down on the 26th so my birthday wouldn't be Christmas Afterthought.

Now that I'm grown, I leave my lights up until January. I love Christmas lights.

That's funny, because my birthday is New Years and I always insisted the decorations be left up until after my birthday!

I have to check my lease before I decorate. We're allowed to put stuff in the windows (which usually have to remain undecorated 'only the white blinds showing from the street') but I believe we have some restrictions on how long they can be up.

Not that I'll do much, we live in an apartment.

DH and I have birthdays around Thanksgiving, and our daughter has a birthday in December. We put up the decorations on November 1st and just say that it's all part of the holiday season!  :D
Title: Re: Spin off of taking Christmas decortions down- When do you put them up
Post by: Giantkillersmom on September 28, 2010, 08:26:32 AM
The weekend before Thanksiving I have DH and the kids bring everything up from the basement.  I decorate the house while the kids are in school.  Then we decorate the tree together the weekend after Thanksgiving and put all the wrapped presents under the tree that night so I can torture the kids for a month, lol.
Title: Re: Spin off of taking Christmas decortions down- When do you put them up
Post by: alegria on September 28, 2010, 03:17:45 PM
We put up the outside lights the weekend after Thanksgiving.  We'll usually get a tree the second weekend of December since we're often out of town the first weekend, and it'll go up and be decorated the day we get it.  That's also when I put up the other decorations inside the house, such as stockings and whatnot.

This year we're flying back east for the holiday (just bought the tickets) so I don't know what we'll do yet.  The last time we flew east I caved on Dec 12th and bought a little bitty tree to decorate because I couldn't stand not having one...
Title: Re: Spin off of taking Christmas decortions down- When do you put them up
Post by: LadyR on September 28, 2010, 07:52:08 PM
December 1st. My DH would kill me if I did it earlier. I have friends who do it mid-November, the day of the Santa Claus parade, which seems fine to me (but not to DH--who given a choice would wait 'til mid-December).
Title: Re: Spin off of taking Christmas decortions down- When do you put them up
Post by: Shea on September 28, 2010, 08:12:19 PM
December 1 for us too. That's how my mother did it, so I do it that way too. It used to drive me crazy when I was little, all I could think about was my box of Christmas books sitting down in the basement waiting for me to read them again! The tree doesn't go up until a week or so before Christmas though, so it'll stay fresh until New Year's.
Title: Re: Spin off of taking Christmas decortions down- When do you put them up
Post by: DaynaMarie on September 28, 2010, 08:19:17 PM
I'm with everyone who says weekend after Thanksgiving.
Title: Re: Spin off of taking Christmas decortions down- When do you put them up
Post by: Jessie on September 28, 2010, 08:36:50 PM
Usually the first weekend after Thanksgiving weekend - we go away for Thanksgiving, and we aren't home the weekend immediately following to decorate. I don't know if we'll be putting up a tree this year though - the new kitten demolished the old tree, and he can't be kept from the tree by threat of the tree monster (aka, tha vacuum) like the older cat can, so we may just give it a pass  :'(  We have too many ornaments that are important to us though to risk the cats pulling them all off the tree (again) this year. It ended up being mostly stressful, which kind of defeats the purpose.
Title: Re: Spin off of taking Christmas decortions down- When do you put them up
Post by: Rosey on September 29, 2010, 06:59:21 AM
Usually the first weekend after Thanksgiving weekend - we go away for Thanksgiving, and we aren't home the weekend immediately following to decorate. I don't know if we'll be putting up a tree this year though - the new kitten demolished the old tree, and he can't be kept from the tree by threat of the tree monster (aka, tha vacuum) like the older cat can, so we may just give it a pass  :'(  We have too many ornaments that are important to us though to risk the cats pulling them all off the tree (again) this year. It ended up being mostly stressful, which kind of defeats the purpose.

My littlest dog ate a fake Christmas tree once. She got as far as one branch and then get incredibly sick. She hasn't eaten a branch since.

Could you put out a little tree first and see if your kitten attacks that? Or seek out a spray that would turn her off from the tree? With dogs, orange spray tends to help.
Title: Re: Spin off of taking Christmas decortions down- When do you put them up
Post by: CherryRipe on September 29, 2010, 07:14:08 AM
Our tradition is to decorate the house for Christmas on the day after Thanksgiving. I never shop on "Black Friday." Instead, we put up the (fake) tree, I play Christmas music, bake some of those easy to bake Pillsbury cookies, and I decorate the tree and the house. It's a wonderfully relaxing and fun way to start the season!

OT, but I can't find Pillsbury ANYTHING here in Australia......and I really loved those cookies, too.
Title: Re: Spin off of taking Christmas decortions down- When do you put them up
Post by: LadyClaire on September 30, 2010, 10:27:32 AM
Weekend after Thanksgiving. That's how everyone in my family does it.
Title: Re: Spin off of taking Christmas decortions down- When do you put them up
Post by: TychaBrahe on October 01, 2010, 01:54:18 PM
I'm going to suggest you all read The Twenty-Four Days Before Christmas, which is this atheist's favorite Christmas story.  It's an early book in Madeleine L'Engle's Austin family series.  Vicky is a little girl, and Mrs. Austin is pregnant with Susie.  Every day in the month of December the family does something to decorate for Christmas.  I <3 this book.
Title: Re: Spin off of taking Christmas decortions down- When do you put them up
Post by: Nibsey on October 01, 2010, 09:42:38 PM
My older DD's birthday is the 12th of December, and I think I'm going to adopt your idea, too. I really would *love* to be 'that' house on the street (you know, everyone waits to see their lights) but I don't want DD1's birthday to fall by the wayside, it kind of already does because the second weekend of Dec is DH's family's Christmas.

My DD shares a birthday with yours :)  We have her birthday party the first Saturday in December (to avoid too much overlap with Christmas parties) and decorate the house on the Sunday.

Outdoor decorations usually go up the weekend after November 11.

It's my birthday too  :D so the decorations go up the day before so I get to open my present next to the tree...I'm such a child  8)
Title: Re: Spin off of taking Christmas decortions down- When do you put them up
Post by: Rosey on October 02, 2010, 08:49:01 AM
My older DD's birthday is the 12th of December, and I think I'm going to adopt your idea, too. I really would *love* to be 'that' house on the street (you know, everyone waits to see their lights) but I don't want DD1's birthday to fall by the wayside, it kind of already does because the second weekend of Dec is DH's family's Christmas.

My DD shares a birthday with yours :)  We have her birthday party the first Saturday in December (to avoid too much overlap with Christmas parties) and decorate the house on the Sunday.

Outdoor decorations usually go up the weekend after November 11.

It's my birthday too  :D so the decorations go up the day before so I get to open my present next to the tree...I'm such a child  8)

Nibsey, I think I love you!  :D
Title: Re: Spin off of taking Christmas decortions down- When do you put them up
Post by: Nibsey on October 03, 2010, 06:16:37 AM
My older DD's birthday is the 12th of December, and I think I'm going to adopt your idea, too. I really would *love* to be 'that' house on the street (you know, everyone waits to see their lights) but I don't want DD1's birthday to fall by the wayside, it kind of already does because the second weekend of Dec is DH's family's Christmas.

My DD shares a birthday with yours :)  We have her birthday party the first Saturday in December (to avoid too much overlap with Christmas parties) and decorate the house on the Sunday.

Outdoor decorations usually go up the weekend after November 11.

It's my birthday too  :D so the decorations go up the day before so I get to open my present next to the tree...I'm such a child  8)

Nibsey, I think I love you!  :D

Well I glad someone loves me because of it, SO says he loves me inspite of 'my wierd christmas obsession'  :D lol
Title: Re: Spin off of taking Christmas decortions down- When do you put them up
Post by: CherryRipe on October 03, 2010, 06:49:01 AM
Weird Christmas obsession, eh?  Well......this year, I'm excited to spend Christmas WITHOUT my family, and without the stressful run-up, and the big dinner of food that I either can't eat, or shouldn't eat, or don't even particularly like.  Rayanne's planning to stay here over (most of) the summer as well, and I figure we'll just have a chill day with whoever's here--maybe a trip to the beach, maybe a nice dinner at home later, whatever.  I'm really looking forward to doing something different--it won't be as "big" as the Christmases I've celebrated all my life with my family, but that's kind of the point--smaller means less stressful, and less expensive as well.  I'll still send the family SOMETHING, I'm just not going to stress about getting everything "perfect."
Title: Re: Spin off of taking Christmas decortions down- When do you put them up
Post by: Nibsey on October 03, 2010, 06:56:04 AM
Weird Christmas obsession, eh?  Well......this year, I'm excited to spend Christmas WITHOUT my family, and without the stressful run-up, and the big dinner of food that I either can't eat, or shouldn't eat, or don't even particularly like.  Rayanne's planning to stay here over (most of) the summer as well, and I figure we'll just have a chill day with whoever's here--maybe a trip to the beach, maybe a nice dinner at home later, whatever.  I'm really looking forward to doing something different--it won't be as "big" as the Christmases I've celebrated all my life with my family, but that's kind of the point--smaller means less stressful, and less expensive as well.  I'll still send the family SOMETHING, I'm just not going to stress about getting everything "perfect."

Sorry it was his words not mine, SO doesn't really like christmas, the only time he enjoyed christmas was the year we did it the same way as your doing it. But our families were a 24 hr flight away at the time so it we weren't expected to show up.  ::) It was pretty neat.
Title: Re: Spin off of taking Christmas decortions down- When do you put them up
Post by: MissRose on October 20, 2010, 07:34:31 AM
I usually do my decorations the week of Thanksgiving.  I don't put up alot of stuff besides a few Xmas items and a small artificial tree with ornaments.  I live in an apartment & don't have alot of room.

My mother always puts her tree up and stuff the day after Halloween.  As far back as I can remember, she has done it that way.  The decorations and tree come down New Years Day.
Title: Re: Spin off of taking Christmas decortions down- When do you put them up
Post by: marcel on October 20, 2010, 08:15:38 AM
I am in a Saint Nicholas celebrating country, so 6th of december.

I must admit that I do not celebrate Saint Nicholas myself, and I have been guilty of getting a tree the 4th or 5th, but then I do keep the curtains closed till the 6th.
Title: Re: Spin off of taking Christmas decortions down- When do you put them up
Post by: crankycat on October 21, 2010, 01:45:30 PM
As far as decorations go, I only usually put up my white artificial tree, but I start right after Thanksgiving and leave it up until January 6th.  Although, one year I did leave it up until my sister came home on leave from the military, which was sometime in February.
Title: Re: Spin off of taking Christmas decortions down- When do you put them up
Post by: RainhaDoTexugo on October 21, 2010, 02:49:29 PM
We're in an apartment, so we only do inside decorations, but I think my personal time limit would stay about the same when we have a house.

I say weekend after Thanksgiving, but in reality, it's whenever we get around to it, and it depends on whether we have a real or fake tree that year (we alternate, since DF prefers real, and I prefer fake, though the real ones are winning me over).  Some years, it's early December, and one memorable year I ended up surprising DF with a tree on December 23.  My birthday is December 17, and I am picky in ways about it getting mixed up with Christmas, but I don't mind having Christmas decorations up, because I love Christmas, and the decorations are so shiny and festive :)  I only really get bent out of shape if my birthday present is wrapped in Christmas paper, or when I have birthday parties and everyone complements me on the super fun Christmas party ::)  Our decorations come down whenever we get around to it (usually sometime in January if we have a real tree, but we've put it off through February on fake tree years, because we're lazy).

As far as other people decorating, I don't care when the decorations go up or come down, but I will roll my eyes if it's done before November.  I walk by Macy's on the way to work, and they've had Christmas trees in the store for a couple weeks now, which just annoys me. 
Title: Re: Spin off of taking Christmas decortions down- When do you put them up
Post by: MizB on October 21, 2010, 04:56:29 PM
Growing up we put the tree up two weeks before Christmas. When I went to college it became thanksgiving weekend. This year idk when I'll get to it if at all.
Title: Re: Spin off of taking Christmas decortions down- When do you put them up
Post by: Jessie on October 22, 2010, 05:13:32 PM
Usually the first weekend after Thanksgiving weekend - we go away for Thanksgiving, and we aren't home the weekend immediately following to decorate. I don't know if we'll be putting up a tree this year though - the new kitten demolished the old tree, and he can't be kept from the tree by threat of the tree monster (aka, tha vacuum) like the older cat can, so we may just give it a pass  :'(  We have too many ornaments that are important to us though to risk the cats pulling them all off the tree (again) this year. It ended up being mostly stressful, which kind of defeats the purpose.

My littlest dog ate a fake Christmas tree once. She got as far as one branch and then get incredibly sick. She hasn't eaten a branch since.


Could you put out a little tree first and see if your kitten attacks that? Or seek out a spray that would turn her off from the tree? With dogs, orange spray tends to help.

I just saw this, I'm sorry for not responding sooner! It's not so much that they eat tree, but they climb on it, or stand on the couch and swat at the ornaments.If we do put a tree up this year, I will definitely try some of the spray stuff
Title: Re: Spin off of taking Christmas decortions down- When do you put them up
Post by: momof2bratz on October 22, 2010, 05:53:02 PM
Shoo, that's so sweet of you!

My birthday is December 27. Mama Isabella used to bust all sorts of hiney to take Christmas stuff down on the 26th so my birthday wouldn't be Christmas Afterthought.

Now that I'm grown, I leave my lights up until January. I love Christmas lights.
DS (9) birthday is also 27th, I shall tell him he is in very good company lol.
Title: Re: Spin off of taking Christmas decortions down- When do you put them up
Post by: Athos_000 on October 27, 2010, 04:11:36 PM
I was just having a discussion with Mr. A the other day about how excited I am to put my tree up... I can hardly wait until Thanksgiving. He asked me why I would bother since we won't even be here on Christmas. I tried to explain to him that I prefer to celebrate the entire season, not just one day. He didn't buy it.. says I am a "Christmas Crack-Head"...nevertheless.. my tree will go up on Thanksgiving lol!
Title: Re: Spin off of taking Christmas decortions down- When do you put them up
Post by: KenveeB on October 27, 2010, 08:25:26 PM
I'm never home on Christmas.  I always go to my parents' house no later than Christmas Eve and stay through Boxing Day at least.  But I still always have a tree up.  The whole point is having it to celebrate the whole season!
Title: Re: Spin off of taking Christmas decortions down- When do you put them up
Post by: Just Lori on October 28, 2010, 09:24:19 AM
My 13-year-old rarely gets excited about anything these days, save for her latest crush.  But she keeps begging me to put up the tree early.  Now, I'm not interested in having a Christmas tree in my family room in October.  But I may dig out my old artificial tree from my apartment days and set it up in the basement, so she can get a Christmas fix now.  We have so many ornaments that we can easily cover both trees.
Title: Re: Spin off of taking Christmas decortions down- When do you put them up
Post by: Pinky830 on October 29, 2010, 08:28:36 PM
I do what my mom always did. The wreath goes on the door right after Thanksgiving. The various knickknacks around the house appear gradually over the next week or so. The Nativity scene is one of the later ones. Then we don't put up the tree until a week or so before Christmas.

(We delayed putting up the tree when I was a kid because we had real trees, and our house was an old firetrap, so we were always worried about it drying out. That's not such an issue now, but I'm just not used to having the tree up too long before Christmas.)