When do you start Decorating for the Holiday?

United States
December 1, 2008 8:19am CST
I know everyone has different traditions when it comes to holiday decorating. My family starts decorating as soon as Thanksgiving day. This year we put the tree up the day before Thanksgiving. We started with out outside decorations on Thanksgiving night and finished them by Saturday afternoon. It seems we run out of day time really fast this time of year. My son loves it when it is time to decorate. To me it makes the world seem happy and beautiful, even if it is just for a few days. I love christmas and hate it when I have to un-decorate. So when do you start decorating??
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@palonghorn (5490)
• United States
1 Dec 08
outside lights - the entance we use the most
i started way earlier than usual this year. the tree was up and decorated by the 19th. as well as all the inside decorations. took me several days with cast on. i did the outside decorations, just the side porch this year, this past saturday. normally i don't even bring out the decorations until the day after thanksgiving. and we usually have a real tree which we get the first week of dec. my s/o bought us an artificial tree for this year, easier for me to take care of with cast on left arm.
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• United States
1 Dec 08
I would have loved to decorate early but my hubby wouldn't let me... I was ready to decorate when I took the halloween decorations down..lol
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• United States
2 Dec 08
i was really surprised when my s/o called me from work on the 17th of nov. and told me there was an artificial tree in his suv lol. this coming from one that doesn't get his shopping done til dec 22nd lol
• United States
1 Dec 08
Hi that`s so soon to start decorating for the holiday, and I`m agree with you it`s so nice this time of the year, I begin to decorate my home begining december before Virgen`s day on 7th december, that`s my countrie`s tradition, and be ready for the chritsmas nigth, and I un-decorate my home around 6-7 january. I love this time because the family is all together, we share dinners, presents and love, some family comes from several places of the world and visit us. This time is so special for the kids, specifically my little cousins the are so happy recieving presents and having dinners together. Have a merry chritsmas...
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• United States
2 Dec 08
Wow that sounds wonderful. It is a shame Christmas has become so commercialized. It is all about celebrating the Birth of Christ( for some religions) and being with Family. Now adays its all about get get get getting... I feel good Giving and seeing the look on my families face, its the one time a year we can all be together..thank you for responding.
• United States
1 Dec 08
when i was in the Philippines my sister started christmas decorating after all souls day and now that i am here in the USA ayear ago i started it before thanksgiving but now i decided to decorate it this coming sunday after thanksgiving i guessed its better this way. I want my husband put the christmas tree for my coz its so big and heavy though. Have a wonderful day.
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• United States
1 Dec 08
I knew someone that didn't decorate till Christmas Eve, to me that is kind of pointless because you are putting it up to take it down.. We leave ours up till after New Years.. After Nov 1 is not a bad time to do it that would make me happy, but the hubby wouldnt allow it...lol.. So I think Thanksgiving seems to be the Middle point.. Thank you so much for responding and have a wonderful DAY!!!!
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@vicki2876 (5640)
• Canada
1 Dec 08
Thanksgiving here in Canada is Mid October which is way too early for us. LOL But when I was growing up, the kids used to "surprise" my mother by putting up the tree December 1st while she was out. Not that it was a rule or anything, so when I was a bit older, I didn't bother to do it, and she came home expecting it up and was a bit disappointed. Now that I have children I love decorating with them. I know many people here have already started to decorate and we went to the community tree lighting event on Saturday. But I don't start until after December starts, usually the first weekend of December. We are planning on decorating this weekend. The kids are super excited.
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• United States
1 Dec 08
December 1st is a good time but too late for me..lol I was mad because Thanksgiving was 5 days sooner last year so we started decorating earlier last year, I feel we lost 5 days this year...lol... Thank you for responding!
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• India
1 Dec 08
Holiday decorations are started in my place before one week itself.. they exhibit their decorations to friends and relatives too.
• United States
1 Dec 08
Wow thats cool, that would drive me nuts though I love looking at them and would need more than a week..lol. Thank you for responding!
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@vicki2876 (5640)
• Canada
1 Dec 08
Thanksgiving here in Canada is Mid October which is way too early for us. LOL But when I was growing up, the kids used to "surprise" my mother by putting up the tree December 1st while she was out. Not that it was a rule or anything, so when I was a bit older, I didn't bother to do it, and she came home expecting it up and was a bit disappointed. Now that I have children I love decorating with them. I know many people here have already started to decorate and we went to the community tree lighting event on Saturday. But I don't start until after December starts, usually the first weekend of December. We are planning on decorating this weekend. The kids are super excited.
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@silverjam (969)
• United States
1 Dec 08
When I was still in the Philippines we usually start decorating our home on either 1st or mid of October. Well, as you know Filipinos celbrates christmas the earliest and perhaps the longest(1st week of September to January). In most of the stores and malls christmas decorating are more earlier. Now that am here in the USA I seldom see people who decorates that early. Here in the house I guess I won't be decorating at all. I don't see any christmas decors here and we're too busy to make some; we won't be spending christmas here anyway but maybe in one of my husband's siblings. This is my first christmas here so am some kind of unprepared, I hope next year I can be more decorative.
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• United States
2 Dec 08
wow, they started putting christmas stuff out in the stores in the beginning of October where I live, Which I think is WRONG, you would have Jesus on one side of the isle and The Devil on the other... But anyways... I hope you enjoy the US and I hope you have a wonderful Christmas.. Thank you for responding.
• Lubbock, Texas
1 Dec 08
I don't do a lot of holiday decoration, but I like to change flower arrangements and seasonal decorations about the first of December, put up some winter greenery and berrys etc. The nice greens and reds bring some color to a drab, dreary winter world. The tree goes up the 15th of December and comes down New Years eve or New Years day. Part of this tradition for me started as a child. We would go to the mountains and cut our own tree. Live trees shed their needles profusely even if you keep the trunk damp, and my mother didn't like sweeping up the "mess" they made, so we never got the tree very early, and didn't leave it up long after Christmas. While I may not have holiday decorations up for very long, I like to leave the winter greenery (fake of course) up until the end of February, then I'm ready to get out some spring colors!
• United States
2 Dec 08
well that sounds wonderful, I love flowers, if we had snow I am sure flowers would help to beautify our house but unfortunatly we never get snow we are lucky to have a cold Christmas, last year we were wearing Tshirts and Shorts, I hate that so much.. But never fails we do get rain...lol.. Thank you for responding and happy holidays.
• Canada
1 Dec 08
i usually out up my lights outside the house the first weekend in december and the decorations inside 2nd weekend. tree, always use a real one, so put that up 2-3 weeks before.
• United States
2 Dec 08
that would drive me nuts waiting that long...lol.. But it works for some people.. If I wasnt allergic I would prolly try a real tree one year, but unfortunate I can not.. Thank you for responding.
• United States
1 Dec 08
we start on the friday after thanksgiving. its a tradition. as soon as we get up, we get everything out and get busy. the kids have the things that they like to put in their room and we all just go crazy. i put a christmas movie on the tv to be playing in the background and we just have fun. then every night till chrismas we watch a christmas movie. the whole family. we take turns picking one out. its great. its our favorite time of year.
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• United States
2 Dec 08
Wow that sounds wonderful, I started watching Christmas movies well before Thanksgiving..lol I can't help it this season is wonderful... I hope you have a great Christmas..thank you for responding.
@animeniak (425)
• United States
1 Dec 08
I am pretty sure that my family will NEVER EVER EVER EVER EVER again decorate for the christmas that is coming up. I have already seen bunch of christmas trees that other people have decorated, but the only time that my family actually decorated a christmas tree that I can recall... is probably once or twice during 19 years and 9 months of my life. Oh, I will probably decorate my own christmas tree whenever I get a family of my own, or whenever I start living by myself. I will DEFINITELY hang out with my friends and my girlfriend (whenever I get one) during christmas. Having christmas with my family... might sound kind of rude but is boring. But whenever I get a chance to start decorating for the holiday myself, I will probably start decorating whenever I feel like, but BEFORE the actual day. It could be someday before Thanksgiving, middle of october, or november, or december, or early november or december, but NEVER after the actual day. Happy mylotting and enjoy your decorating your holiday :)
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• United States
2 Dec 08
Well that is depressing. Sorry to hear about your Holiday Blues.. I am sure you will have a life of your own soon enough so you can start your own traditions. I hope you are able to have a good holiday, everyone deserves that... Thank you for responding.
@jesbellaine (4157)
• Philippines
1 Dec 08
My family and I have been so busy even my siblings and cousin to decorate our home this past few weeks but my aunt already set a date on when we will be decorating our Christmas tree. And we will do it this coming weekend! Yahoo! We have this big Christmas tree that we love to decorate... and we are so excited to put gifts on it. For this year, we will have exchange gifts. Since my siblings and cuz doesn't have work yet, I would have to give them a budget money to buy for a gifts for their "monito/monita". hehehe... oh... I have plans of taking them into dinner and watch a movie next week... Can't wait! Happy HOlidays and mylotting!
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• United States
2 Dec 08
You just brought up something else I having been wondering about.. Why do some people put gifts UNDER a tree and Some put them ON? hmmmmmm....Your holiday plans sound wonderful.... Have a great Holiday..
@tiohwji (133)
• Philippines
1 Dec 08
We usually start decorating our house for holidays after Halloween. I know its kinda early but for us, holiday season starts after Halloween since we don't have thanksgiving here in the Philippines. Happy Holidays by the way :)
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• United States
2 Dec 08
I am learning a lot by this post like I did not know the Philippines did not have thanksgiving.. Wow .. I would love to decorate after Halloween..lol.. Thank you very much and Happy Holidays to you as well..
@ryzach (1546)
• United States
1 Dec 08
We start decorating right after Thanksgiving. We don't put up lights outside, were never really into that. We did it a couple of years and just did not get into it and alot of work. We like to decorate inside, christmas table cloths and napkins, towels, figurines, Christmas village, wreaths, etc. The tree is the last to go up and we wait till mid December to put up because we get a live tree and if we put it up too early it really dries outs. I really like decorating, we have so much fun doing it.
• United States
1 Dec 08
I think most people start after Thanksgiving, I guess its a good marker..lol it means you have a month or so before Christmas... Thanks for responding.
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@Margarit (3677)
• Philippines
2 Dec 08
I started decorating for this holidays season after the fiesta celebration of Immaculate Conception. Usually second week of the month of december. that is also the time that i buy christmas gift for my love ones. Advance merry christmas to all.
• United States
2 Dec 08
wow another new tradition I have never heard about... Thank you so much for responding and Merry Christmas to you as well.
2 Dec 08
I decorate after thanksgiving is over. Some people were doing it before thanksgiving. I like to do before sometimes but i people say why so early and i just the lighting of the tree and the fact we go shopping for children. We all need all buy for the needy every year. I know there are times that we cant buy for the needy but we sure try. So everyone reach down deep inside ur wallets and soend a little extra for soemone who is less fortunate then you. HAPPY MYLOTTING A HAVE A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A VERY PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR
• United States
2 Dec 08
Every year even though I cannot afford it I pick a few angels off the tree and buy for them, we also put our change in the red buckets for salvation army, and we donated to the toys for tots at our work function. I do not have a lot of money and I will be lucky to buy for everyone this year but no matter how you look at it NO CHILD should be left without a gift on Christmas.. Thank you very much for responding and Happy Holidays.
@venshida (4839)
• United States
2 Dec 08
I have the same tradition as yours. The day after Thanksgiving I am decorating. I am finish with the inside, but not with the outside. It's a little cold but as soon as it gets a little warmer I would do outside and decorate. I hate taking down he decorations also. I usually wait until January 6 to take mines down. I try to keep the Three Kings Day tradition of celebrating until January 6.
• United States
2 Dec 08
well that is wonderful, another tradition I have never heard about, I am learning so much. We do not really have to worry about cold weather here although it has been chilly lately but I think the coolest thus far has been 39... but this is Florida what can I say...lol Thank you for responding and Happy Holidays.
@mimico (3619)
• Philippines
2 Dec 08
This year, I didn't have anything to do so I started decorating early November, probably the first week. We used to start earlier though but now everyone in the house is so busy that we start quite late. I haven't even done any of my Christmas shopping yet! It's partly because I'm putting off spending though and not so much because I'm busy. Haha. The only part I hate about putting up decors is that it's so dusty!!!
• United States
2 Dec 08
lol yeah I hear ya... WE did most of our shopping for my son at least early when walmart had a 50% off already clearance priced sale. So he is somewhat taking care of, which is good because these hard times are leaving us broke, we had a whole month outta work and are still catching up for that, and of course a "Christmas Bonus" does not exist at my Husbands job.. Thank you for responding and Happy Holidays.
• United States
2 Dec 08
I don't decorate for Thanksgiving but I do for Christmas. I start the day after Thanksgiving. And the tree gets taken down the day after Christmas.
• United States
2 Dec 08
Wow.. In our family our tradition is that it is BAD LUCK to take the tree down before New Years, but all traditions are different.... Thank you so much for sharing. Happy Holidays.