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When do you decorate for Christmas
Old 10-26-2020, 11:02 AM
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Growing up, my family tradition was to decorate around thanksgiving because all of us were home from school. As an adult, I find myself decorating even earlier, usually the first week of November. I figure that if I'm rearranging my storage to put away halloween decorations, I might as well pull Christmas out at the same time!

When do you decorate?


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Old 10-26-2020, 11:08 AM
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Normally, I decorate for Christmas the day after Thanksgiving. This year, since I’m home so much to enjoy it, I’m going to decorate the day after Halloween. I’m not feeling particularly thankful.
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Old 10-26-2020, 11:11 AM
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DSís birthday is in late November (usually right around Thanksgiving).

No Christmas until after his birthday. I donít want him to feel like his birthday gets lumped in with Christmas.

Though....we generally take our decorations down on our anniversary which is 5 days after Christmas. Itís a bizarre tradition that just seems to work.
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Old 10-26-2020, 11:18 AM
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I usually decorate Thanksgiving weekend after I finish up my shopping on black friday. I don't think I'm going out shopping on black friday this year. I might start decorating throughout the month of November slowly and then do the outside of my home Thanksgiving weekend along with the tree.
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Old 10-26-2020, 11:28 AM
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I generally start the weekend after Thanksgiving Day. Decorations are down by New Yearís Day.


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Old 10-26-2020, 11:33 AM
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We have so much to be thankful for each and every Thanksgiving, especially this year, so we decorate as a special reminder to keep a positive attitude and be thankful for our blessings. We will decorate the day after Halloween.

We will decorate for Christmas the weekend after Thanksgiving.
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Old 10-26-2020, 11:46 AM
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Outside decorations we try to take advantage of any good weather weekend before Thanksgiving in November. But we donít light them until after Thanksgiving. Indoor decorations on Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving.
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Old 10-26-2020, 11:47 AM
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After Thanksgiving. DDís birthday is the 26th so we have always waited until after her birthday to decorate. Not sure whatís happening this year. I really donít want to decorate if no one is coming for the holidays. I do love the outside lights so we will probably do that much.
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Old 10-26-2020, 11:52 AM
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I feel very firmly it should happen no earlier than the day after Thanksgiving

But that's just me. Any time in November sounds ok. I just like to do my holidays one at a time.
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Old 10-26-2020, 11:57 AM
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This year I'm decorating early. In the past we decorated after Thanksgiving but this year I'll be decorating after Halloween. We love decorating for Christmas and we'll enjoy it as long as possible this year. I've already broken my rule and purchased two Christmas decorating items. I guess we're all free to do what pleases us!


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Old 10-26-2020, 12:21 PM
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When we used to get a real tree we would put it up about a week and a half to two weeks before Christmas. Now I have a small artificial tree and I typically do it the first week of December or so
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Old 10-26-2020, 12:31 PM
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Generally the first week of December. But I do leave the sparkle lights up into January.
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Old 10-26-2020, 12:41 PM
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I usually do it the week of Thanksgiving since I have a little extra time at home. My family has started having our Thanksgiving get together the weekend before Thanksgiving, so I usually have some alone time to get it done on my days off.
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Old 10-26-2020, 12:53 PM
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I am very traditional.

The first Sunday of Advent I get out the Advent wreath.

During the next couple weeks I decorate the front porch with lights and greens.

The creche goes up about a week before Christmas, but Mary and Joseph start across the room and donĒt arrive at the creche till Christmas Eve. The baby arrives on Christmas Day, along with the angels and shepherds. The Wise Men start at a distance and arrive at Epiphany.

My Christmas tree goes up on the 4th Sunday of Advent.

Everything comes down the day after Epiphany, January 8.
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Day after Thanksgiving for me as well
Old 10-26-2020, 01:28 PM
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Then it all comes down quickly after Christmas Day.
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Old 10-26-2020, 01:42 PM
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Because 2020 has been such a horrible year, I plan to decorate as soon as Halloween is over. Not the tree, of course, but other items, yes. Particularly candle items so that I can light them during the cold of November.
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Old 10-26-2020, 01:54 PM
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We do the same as hand and leave them up into January. We keep some things up even longer-not the trees but garland and lights. I love the mini white soft lights.
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Old 10-26-2020, 02:22 PM
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We are always late. Both my parents were educators, so they were working up until Christmas. We always did it the weekend before or the night of the last day of school before break. It then went down before we returned to school. Now that my mom is retired, it still goes up closer to Christmas, but it may stay up a little longer.
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Old 10-26-2020, 02:36 PM
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I typically fly home to visit family during Thanksgiving break. I decorate sometime that week depending on when my flights are. If I'm coming back on Sunday, I decorate before I leave so that it's done when I come back. If I come back earlier, I decorate that weekend after Thanksgiving.

With Covid, I don't think I'll be doing anything for any holiday this year. I thought about wearing a Kn-95 mask (we get them from school) and risking the flight, but with numbers getting worse and worse (and I'm sure that will only continue with winter weather and holidays) I just don't think I can risk it. I would feel terrible if I brought it home to my family. I guess I will probably still put my decorations up, but it's going to be a pretty depressing holiday season. This year, probably just whenever I feel like it the week of Thanksgiving since I'll be home all week anyway. We get the full week off from school.
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Old 10-26-2020, 02:44 PM
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I used to decorate the weekend right after Thanksgiving, but it's busy with us always being out of town for Thanksgiving. A few years ago I decided to decorate before we left town for Thanksgiving and that was wonderful. There was no pressure to decorate once we got home, and I could spend whatever weekend was left relaxing. This year I may start earlier...little by little. Of course my decorations are kind of all lumped together so it's usually easier to just do it all at once over an afternoon.
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Old 10-26-2020, 02:52 PM
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I do the day after Thanksgiving. I decorate for fall around the first of Oct and I like the orange things to have two full months before the green and red things come out.



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Old 10-26-2020, 02:56 PM
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I don't like to decorate until after Remembrance Day. Sometimes, that means the afternoon of the 11th after we get back from the service! That is always report card season, so I like to take a break from school work one weekend and start getting decorations out. It's a gradual process over a few days in mid-November.

My birthday is at the end of November and I like having all the decorations up before then.
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Old 10-26-2020, 03:15 PM
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After thanksgiving this year. Weíve started Christmas shopping locally too. We do have eight grandchildren. Some need to be mailed. Two granddaughters live In Switzerland.
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Old 10-26-2020, 03:41 PM
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We always put the tree and decorations up the Saturday after Thanksgiving. We take it all down New Yearís Day. Same thing every year.
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Old 10-26-2020, 04:07 PM
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No earlier than the day after Thanksgiving. It's usually the next weekend when we find time to get the tree up.
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Old 10-26-2020, 04:09 PM
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the first Saturday in December. It used to be Army-Navy Saturday and I would watch the game and decorate. Since I'm retired now, I'm not sure when I will.
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Old 10-26-2020, 04:18 PM
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I start on December 1 with the outside lights. I work on the rest of the house until it's done around the 15th. I take it all down on Jan 2.
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Old 10-26-2020, 05:15 PM
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I decorate whenever I decide I want to.

Iíve had decorations up as early as Halloween, and a couple of times I didnít decorate at all.
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Old 10-26-2020, 05:21 PM
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It varies but never before Thanksgiving.
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Old 10-26-2020, 05:29 PM
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We did it around the beginning of Dec. growing up, but it got easier to do it the day after Thanksgiving or sometime that weekend when the kids were teenagers, so we've pretty much stuck to that. One year, due to kids working crazy schedules, we decorated Thanksgiving night since everyone was home.

I haven't asked this year yet. We're not even sure how we're doing Thanksgiving yet.
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Old 10-26-2020, 06:36 PM
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We almost always decorate and put up the tree and outdoor lights on Thanksgiving weekend! I say put it up whenever you want and enjoy it!

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Old 10-26-2020, 06:53 PM
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The day after Thanksgiving is Green Friday in our house! We decorate for Christmas that day. Usually after all of our guests leave on Thanksgiving night, I put away all of the Fall and Thanksgiving decor, then I'm up early on Friday taking down boxes of Christmas decor, playing Christmas music, and decorating.
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Old 10-26-2020, 09:01 PM
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Growing up we were very traditional European so the night before Christmas Eve the tree came in after falling and we decorated with real angel candles. Only lit the candles 4 nights . Decorations came down well after the wise men celebration on the 6th of Jan.

With my daughters we decorated Thanksgiving weekend Sat.??? because I wanted them to participate when home from college.
My favorite memories were when I shopped for Christmas that Sat. night on the phone for the American Girls stuff when they were little as I sat by the fire and they were in bed. They came ordered wrapped, sealed, delivered and ready to go. Never really shopped for toys much for Christmas. .

Take down . . .whenever my daughter wants to.

Now that retired no idea. Too far ahead
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Old 10-27-2020, 04:07 AM
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My ds1 favorite holiday is Thanksgiving so we donít start anything Christmas until after we celebrate that holiday. I like to have everything ready by St. Nicholas Day. We leave everything up until Epiphany.
We do, however, put on the outside lights whenever we get a warm day in November. We donít turn them on until after Thanksgiving.
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Old 10-27-2020, 05:44 AM
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When my kids moved out, I sure lost the holiday spirit. During my Covid cleaning, I almost got rid of all my decorations for every holiday.

I pulled a little one foot tree out last year and set it on a table the day before the family celebrated. No lights. No decorations.
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Old 10-27-2020, 05:55 AM
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I decorate for Christmas the day after Thanksgiving. I like to take life one holiday at a time.
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Old 10-27-2020, 07:32 AM
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We also are traditional. We try to wait until the beginning of Advent (so roughly beginning of Dec.) and leave up until Epiphany (12 days after Christmas).

We live in the frozen tundra, so outdoor lights might go up any nice day in Nov., but we don't light until after Thanksgiving. Most people here just leave their lights up until warmer weather (Jan. is usually so cold), but don't light them after New Years.

My parents grew up in German immigrant families, where the tradition was to put the tree up on Christmas Eve (it magically appeared while the family was at church). I think that heritage plays into my desire to wait for the season.
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