Christmas tree decorating....

United States
November 9, 2007 11:46pm CST
Do you decorate your tree and home before Thanksgiving or do you wait until right before Christmas? When I was still living at home many years ago, I had a girlfriend whose family always bought a live tree and decorated it like on Christmas Eve. My parents always had the tree up after Thanksgiving, and we enjoyed it for many weeks before Christmas. Some take theirs down Christmas Day or the day after. What is your tradition for decorating and taking them back down again? One year I actually left my decorations and tree up til the end of January! I just love the trees, lights and decorations. And I hate for it to end and feel sad at the end of the holidays. Merry Christmas!!
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@sherrir101 (3671)
• United States
10 Nov 07
We always decorate the first weekend in December and we take it all down after New Years Day. I love decorating for Christmas, but get tired of it after so long. We were told a long time ago (an old wives tale) that it was bad luck to take down the Christmas tree before the New Year. Although, I have been known to take it down the day after Christmas, depending on my mood. LOL
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• United States
10 Nov 07
I still follow the old tradition from Garmany where we decorated the tree on Christmas Eve, went to midnight Mass, came home and opened one gift each. We took it down on Jan 6th which is the "Twelveth Night of Christmas"
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@hunnie (23)
10 Nov 07
Hi, I've started my own tradition. The day after Thanksgiving my tree go's up, and the house is filled with Christmas decorations. I just love the feeling of Christmas. Hunnie
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• Canada
14 Nov 07
Wow! Don't get me wrong ... I love the feeling of Christmas too! Right after Thanksgiving seems kind of soon doesn't it? It won't even be December yet by the time you put it up! Is a good idea though, that will get you into the spirit of Christmas real quick!
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• United States
10 Nov 07
We usually go out and get our christmas tree the week after thanksgiving and take it down about a week or two after christmas. I like to have it up early to enjoy the holiday season. It always seems like such a waste to put it up on christmas eve, because then you can only enjoy it on christmas day. I know some kids are made to believe that Santa claus puts up your christmas tree for you, but that seems like so much work of having to put up a tree and decorate it without the kids seeing you do it. I was always brought up thinking that you had to put the tree up yourself because Santa doesn't have time to put up everyone's tree for them.
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@drannhh (14789)
• United States
10 Nov 07
We just hang a few small decorations and string lights on our fake ficus tree and leave them up all year round. Of course, we are gone the whole summer, so we don't see them year round. We leave the lights up, but not plugged into the wall or turned on until December. We have cute little cloth door hangers that go around the know on the outside during the holidays and then we just switch them to the inside the rest of the time. That way whenever I open a closet door there is a little reminder that XMas is just around the corner. I guess you can't get by with doing that sort of things when there are kids in the house, though.
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@AmbiePam (42743)
• United States
11 Nov 07
When I lived with my parents we put up the tree the day of Thanksgiving, or the day after. My mom always wanted to take the tree back down on the day after Christmas, but sometimes I convinced her to leave it up until New Year's. A lot of people leave it up that long, in stores, and even on talk shows that aren't reruns you can see the trees still in the backdrop. This year I plan to put it up on Thanksgiving day, and I'll probably take it down the day after New Year's. I'm getting myself a pink tree so that will be fun (a small one). One of my neighbors already has his tree up! He isn't married nor does he have children, but I guess he likes to get into the spirit of the season as soon as possible.
@hunnie (23)
10 Nov 07
Hi, I've started my own tradition. The day after Thanksgiving The tree gos up, and the house is filled with x-mass decorations. I just love the felling of X-mass. Hunnie
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@pyewacket (43961)
• United States
11 Nov 07
LOL--hey I still have some of my Halloween decorations up still..hehe. Actually the way I had the place decorated for Halloween it's actually a blending of Halloween, Thanksgiving and just general sense of the fall season. For some reason the tradition for our home for years was to not start decorating until around December 12th. That was usually when I'd get the tree. I just can't think of decorating Christmas style any sooner. There is an advantage too, in not getting the tree until after December 12th..I don't have to take it down until well into January which I really like--I too, hate taking Christmas stuff down and put away. If it were up to me I keep things out until at least March. LOL
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@psyche49f (2513)
• Philippines
11 Nov 07
Christmas is aleady in the air as the cold Siberian wind can already be felt on early mornings. Of course, the malls are now fully displaying Christmas lights and trimmings and all...they add to the mood for the celebration. It was three weeks back that I bought our 7 ft. Christmas tree and only yesterday that me and my daughter shopped for more trimmings and lights for our tree which we plan to put up on the first week of December; I'm already so excited and even my son promised to buy the beautiful Christmas lantern that I really love but never had the chance to buy these years because of a tight budget. Just like you, we take all the decors down a few days after New Year, or wait for the Epiphany (Three Kings) before we take them down...Have a Merry Christmas, too.
@FLmom26 (142)
• United States
11 Nov 07
I usually set everything up within the week after Thanksgiving and leave it up until the day after New Year's. I was always told that it was bad luck to take it down early.
• United States
11 Nov 07
I use an artifical tree and decorate it right before christmas.
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• Canada
11 Nov 07
We usually put our tree up in the middle of December, and we then take it down about the 27th or 28th of December. Merry Christmas to you too! PurpleTeddyBear
• Canada
11 Nov 07
I like to put mine up around the first of December and then I take it down before my birthday which is January fifth! I love the Christmas seson but not mixed in with my birthday!! LOL Merry Christmas to you also my friend! ~Heavens~
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@someonesmom (5768)
• Canada
10 Nov 07
Hi applsofgld, Here in Canada, we celebrate Thanksgiving in October, and 'try to' put our tree up as early in December as possible. We have an artificial tree, so this makes it possible for us to enjoy it as long as we want. We also go away to visit family, right after Christmas, and are gone for at least a week. I still like to have some time enjoying our tree, when we get home, so it depends each year, on how long it stays up, largely to do with when we've put it up that year. When I was a child, we always had a real tree, and it wasn't put up until Christmas Eve. When I was very little, I didn't get to see the decorated tree until the following morning. This made it 'more magical,' as I saw it with all of the beautiful decorations, surrounded by gifts.
@carmelanirel (21108)
• United States
10 Nov 07
My husbands family put it up on Christmas eve when he was growing up, but by the time I met him, his Mom kept it up year round and decorated it with different things for each season. I can't remember when I was a child when we put it up, but I do remember it was at least a few weeks before Christmas. Today, because the whole family is here during Thanksgiving weekend, that is when mine goes up..:)
@GardenGerty (81400)
• Marion, Kansas
10 Nov 07
When my kids were little, to keep things fairly normal, we waited until about December 15 to put it up. I have always used January 6, the twelfth day of Christmas, as the date I wanted to take down the tree. I think for me it goes with whatever job I am working at, and how busy I am. I have some things that I leave up most of the time. I learned of a custom from my husband's back ground, of hanging stars from a loft. I began collecting different star ornaments, and others have made or given them to me. I will leave them hanging most of the year. My nod to Christmas, so to speak.
• United States
10 Nov 07
I have not had a child long enough to make somthing a tradition,but i think i will put my tree up about a week before christmas,and take it down about a week after so a total of two weeks. i think that is plenty.especialy since my daughter like to knock it down! last year by the time christmas morning came around it looked like the leaning tower of pizza.lolol
@3lilangels (4641)
• United States
10 Nov 07
well we usually buy a tree around 2 or 3 weeks before.since we get a real tree i dont want it to die right away if we got it sooner.we usually take it down about the first week of january or bascially when we get a chance.pattie
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@faith210 (11233)
• Philippines
10 Nov 07
Hi applsofgld! Here in my country, we don't have Thanksgiving but I do decorate our home as early as October for the Christmas celebration every year. Only this year that I haven't had the time to do the decorations because we got so busy and I am still sitting on my beautiful behind (LOL!) typing and responding to discussions here in mylot. haha.. Take care and have a nice day.
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@raydene (9875)
• United States
12 Nov 07
I just do not know what I will do this year..I may not even bother with a tree.. I just feel unconnected at this point from holidays! I expect that my married children will do the decoration thing cause they have small children... I will enjot their trees. xoxoxoxo
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@tsgirl01 (900)
• United States
12 Nov 07
That's a good idea raydene! Enjoy it!
• United States
15 Nov 07
I actually put my Christmas tree and stuff up the day after Thanksgiving. So the kids can get more joyment out tof the holidays especially my youngest 1.
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