What date do you put up your christmas decorations?

(49 Posts)
MonthlyAFIWish Fri 23-Nov-12 21:16:00

Always put our up 1st december but away that weekend, so wondering if i could get away with putting them up earlier or is pre december a complete no-no?
When do you put yours up?

MonthlyAFIWish Sat 24-Nov-12 17:33:05

I don't think shops should have decorations up in October, November is fine.

decided I'll have to put them up on the 3rd rather than then 30th November. But I will be spending this weekend clearing and re-arranging the living room and getting decoration boxes out the attic in preparation. I could never wait until the last weekend before christmas. I think its becasue I love christmas season more than christ day (apart from church),

Decorating the stairs and house takes a whole day, then christmas tree after that.

But very dissappointed to be away on the 1st!

LillianGish Sat 24-Nov-12 17:27:53

Gradually. So would put outdoor fairy lights up on December 1 and also hang advent calendars and wreath on door . Then a few lights and candles inside to feel cosy, would never put tree up until just before Christmas - my mum's birthday is Dec 21 and it was always tradition to have tree up by then, but not much before.

Absoluteeightiesgirl Sat 24-Nov-12 17:18:53

Second Saturday but have been up earlier in the past. One dead tree 25th December. blush

OddBoots Sat 24-Nov-12 16:51:26

This year we have booked in the 16th Dec to do it. Decoration day is part of our celebrations so we put the decs up, have treat food, watch a festive film, play a couple of games and the children each get a small gift.

I prefer it to Christmas day in a lot of ways as we always have other family around for Christmas itself.

peeriebear Sat 24-Nov-12 16:47:16

I bloody love Christmas and love having the decorations up. We put them up either the first weekend of Dec or the 1st. I'm going in the attic later on to get everything down and the DDs are already excited grin

Oh my god, I can't think of anything guaranteed to put me off Christmas more than putting them up on Dec 1st! grin As for November - sorry, beyond the pale. It's early decs in the shops that makes Christmas so joyless as far as I'm concerned. I do NOT want to see Christmas in the shops in October, any more than I want a sodding mince pie in November. What's special about Christmas if you start it bleeding months early, eh? Eh? <Scrooge emoticon. Hey MN, can we have one of those next month?>

grin

I put mine up the weekend that falls roughly in the middle of December. We get a real tree and the poor thing would be a skeletal twig by the 25th if we had it up any earlier. Really depressing, a droopy tree by the actual day.

What I will do on the 1st will be the Elf (thank you MN) and the advent calendars, which he brings. And maybe a wreath for the front door if I can be arsed to weave one from glittery lentils make one at the workshop I'm taking DS1 to in a week or so. Fresh stuff won't go up inside until a few days before, because while you can water a tree, you can't stop ivy from going crispy.

QueenMaeve Sat 24-Nov-12 15:13:06

I'll take the decorations down next weekend and make a start on it, it takes me a good few days. Then around the 15th I'll do all the fresh foliage stuff, stairs, mantel & real tree.

FarelyKnuts Sat 24-Nov-12 11:33:03

8th of December. It's the house law!! grin

First weekend in December. Can't wait! grin

lottiegarbanzo Sat 24-Nov-12 11:05:19

Saturday before Christmas (if Christmas a Sunday or Monday could be the weekend before).

21st this year - the day school breaks up. Dd will come home at lunchtime to help me and we will have a lovely afternoon necking hot choc and mince pies.

ICutMyFootOnOccamsRazor Sat 24-Nov-12 11:02:38

We do ours early-ish in December. First or second weekend depending on dates?

But then we whip them down in the first day or two of January instead of waiting for twelfth night, as ds has his birthday on the 3rd and I like it to be kept a bit separate.

Pinot Sat 24-Nov-12 11:00:39

Never before December, that is so wrong and freaky grin

I like to have them up for as long as possible, and then down on 31st Dec so you start New Year all clean and fresh (as it should be). So this year it'll be next weekend - 1/2 Dec smile

DontmindifIdo Sat 24-Nov-12 10:58:07

Growing up my parents insisted it was when we had all finished for Christmas (they were both teachers so it was normally around 21st or so) I use to think it was really cruel, however looking back, the tree going up was the first part of Christmas - it really was exciting because the tree was only up for the exciting bits of Christmas, you didn't have the tree up on days you went to school etc.

I'm not as bad as that, normally the weekend before Christmas, I think this year it might be a little earlier as Christmas is so close to the weekend, so possibly the weekend of 15th.

OP - trust me, do it later, not earlier - it'll increase the magic, not decrease it.

TheOriginalSteamingNit Sat 24-Nov-12 10:53:24

The day school breaks up. I don't like the idea of the Christmas tree being a normal part and fixture of day to day life for ages before - it marks the start of 'now it's really Christmas' in ours.

ENormaSnob Sat 24-Nov-12 10:50:05

Would normally be around the second weekend in dec but we are away then.

Possibly the 2nd or the 15th, will let the dc decide!

debdee Sat 24-Nov-12 10:18:14

Ours usually go up on the 1st Dec, or a date soon after that if I'm busy that day. Baby 3is due on 30th November this year though, so provided I aren't in labour will be putting them up on 30th evening. Hoping it will kickstart labour ;) & also think it will be nice for DC to wake up on 1st to a decorated house smile.

SullenCrescent Sat 24-Nov-12 08:35:44

Dd1's birthday is on 7th December so I always ask her if she wants them up before or after her birthday. so far she has always wanted them up before so they normally go up the first weekend in December.

We used to put ours up on the 1st, but DS will be 3 on the 9th so we now leave it until the first opportunity after his birthday.
Advent calendar obviously has to go up before then though.

We put them up the first weekend of December.

Doitnicelyplease Sat 24-Nov-12 01:25:30

DD1 is 4 and desperate to decorate for Christmas (and do Christmas baking and watch Christmas movies...) but I am being mean and holding off until Dec 1st for any of that.

So we will put up some decorations on the 1st, advent calendars and a few knick-knacks and some lights, but we get a real tree so prob mid-Dec for that.

I love Christmas, but I do think it should be in December only as a whole month dedicated to it is more than enough time

Also knowing how impatient DD1 is I don't want her to think Christmas Day is closer than it is that would be cruel!

nipersvest Fri 23-Nov-12 22:09:18

mid dec. please don't put them up before december, xmas decs this early is just weird!

picnicbasketcase Fri 23-Nov-12 22:07:34

December 19th.

anja1cam Fri 23-Nov-12 22:07:21

1st of December or I start slowly getting them out the 1st Sunday of Advent which can at times be earlier... The only must-haves on the 1st are the Advent Calendars, our Advent wreath (need that for the first of Advent anyway) and a lit star in the window, the rest gradually follows... Mixing up English and continental traditions, we try to put the tree up around or very soon after the 6th (StNicholas) but sometimes that doesn't work out due to practical constraints.
If I was away I'd opt for later rather than earlier!

steppemum Fri 23-Nov-12 22:06:18

we have dutch SinterKlaas on 5th Dec, nothing to do with christmas (even advent calendars) allowed before 5th grin

ds birthday on 14th. he gets to choose if christmas decs up before or after his birthday.

usually go up on 15th! Down on 12th night, but maybe before they go back to school.

Think it depends if you have artificial tree or real - real don't last as long, so can't be up on 1st dec.

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