When do you put up your tree?

(86 Posts)
Nix01 Fri 18-Oct-13 11:13:07

I'm thinking 1 December this year?

Floralnomad Fri 18-Oct-13 11:13:55

The first weekend of December .

Nix01 Fri 18-Oct-13 11:18:51

1 December is a Sunday this year :D

TheOnlyPink Fri 18-Oct-13 11:19:25

I used to put it up on the 8th of Dec, but that's now ds2 birthday, so it will be the 9th!

bundaberg Fri 18-Oct-13 11:21:57

prob the week before christmas

DitsyDonkey Fri 18-Oct-13 11:24:22

The first of Decmeber, we get to enjoy the cosy twinklyness of it for longer then!

CrotchStitch Fri 18-Oct-13 11:35:25

As a child we always waited till after my birthday (14th) I always wanted it up earlier but my DM had some half baked notion that it should wait until after hmm
We always have a real tree so unless it is rooted we usually aim for the second weekend in December so it has a fair chance of making Twelfth Night. If I had an artificial I would be screwing it together at the end if November grin

TheYamiOfYawn Fri 18-Oct-13 11:58:05

The day before the longest night.

caramelwaffle Fri 18-Oct-13 12:00:45


girlywhirly Fri 18-Oct-13 12:07:40

Around two weeks before Christmas day, no pressure here from DC (or anyone else for that matter.) I often put up the tree to let it fluff out a bit and decorate it the next day. I do the other decorations (some lit) etc the same day as putting up the tree so that we have something other than just a bare tree.

hippoherostandinghere Fri 18-Oct-13 12:14:40

Will be the 1st of Dec this year as its a Sunday, have booked the day off work especially smile

WaitMonkey Fri 18-Oct-13 12:42:10

First weekend of December usually. Not long now.

AuntieStella Fri 18-Oct-13 12:44:08

We have a family birthday mid-Dec. So the next convenient time after that.

CackleCackle Fri 18-Oct-13 12:53:47

I like to put it up December 1st. I love the twinkliness!

I do mine the night of the 30th Nov so it's up when the dc get up in the morning. Normally one of Santa's Elves leave their advent calendars under the tree.

MamaBear17 Fri 18-Oct-13 13:00:36

Usually the 1st of December, but this year we are going on a special Santa train ride so will do it on the 30th.

Bunbaker Fri 18-Oct-13 13:03:01

The week before Christmas. If I put it up any earlier I would be itching to take it down by Boxing Day. I can't stand the faff and the clutter.

RevelsRoulette Fri 18-Oct-13 13:04:39

When I get sick of the kids asking when we're going to put the tree up.

EatingAllTheCrumpets Fri 18-Oct-13 13:08:23

Around the 1st of December, we celebrate both Yule and Christmas so DH likes the tree up and decorated a while before I start doing my Yule prep.

SuperMuddle Fri 18-Oct-13 13:11:28

A week to 10 days before Christmas. Any earlier and it just becomes part of the furniture by the time it gets to Christmas, IMHO.

When I was growing up the tree would always go up no earlier than the weekend before Christmas, but since I moved out I like to put it up slightly earlier, as I never spend Christmas at home, always with parents or in laws. That way I get to enjoy it a little longer!

MistressIggi Fri 18-Oct-13 13:11:40

2 weeks before Christmas.

MistressIggi Fri 18-Oct-13 13:16:09

For interest - Christmas Eve till Epiphany seems to be the "traditional" Catholic approach though that would originally have been with real, candle lit trees so maybe best not to have up too long!
I certainly enjoy the tree more in the run up to Christmas than in the aftermath, so would rather have it up earlier and down earlier.

BearsBeetsBattlestarGalactica Fri 18-Oct-13 13:17:01

That is interesting CrotchStich My DD's birthday is on the 17th so I have always waited til the next day just to separate her birthday from christmas.

I shall ask her if she wants it up before then.

Usually about 3 weeks before.

I depressed myself with the tree last year though. Ds wanted to go mental with it and I retained co-ordinated control. A week before xmas I was sat looking at it with all its silver and gold and remembered the trees from.my 70's childhood where we were allowed tat. I felt really upset for ds so this year we are going to the range and he can fill his boots with as much mismatched tat and tinsel that £25 will get him grin. I have even promised flashing coloured lights shock grin We are putting the soul and fun back it our tree!

mrsWast Fri 18-Oct-13 13:24:15

second sunday in December. and then we watch Elf and pig out on matchmakers and quality street.

JollyScaryGiant Fri 18-Oct-13 13:30:43

Probably the 21st or 22nd this year. Would prefer to do it earlier but the 14th is too early and it has to be a weekend.

We get a real tree.

Meglet Fri 18-Oct-13 13:37:00

Usually 21st / 22nd Dec. Comes down on New Years day as I get fed up with it hogging space.

MamaBear17 Fri 18-Oct-13 13:39:23

We also have a real tree. We have it up for a month. It comes down on the 2nd of January, the most depressing day of the year imo!

morethanpotatoprints Fri 18-Oct-13 13:39:25

At Christmas?

Mrspebble Fri 18-Oct-13 13:48:08

I don't put on up.. Just fairy light etc.. Might this year though as have a baby now. But not until 12 days before christmas.

zzzzz Fri 18-Oct-13 13:51:37

6th Dec, St Nicholas day grin, and we sing carols and eat Christmassy snacks drink.

MrsDeVere Fri 18-Oct-13 13:53:01

OMGOMGOMG I am SO glad you asked this!

I am going to wait until first weekend in December but I have a new tree this year and its going to be hard to wait.

I bought it from Paperchase last January. Its 8 foot and luminous pink.
So excited.

ILikeToClean Fri 18-Oct-13 13:55:17

First weekend in December, but it comes down the day after Boxing Day as I'm sick of it by then!

fishybits Fri 18-Oct-13 13:59:15

Christmas Eve, 'tis the Twelve Days of Christmas after all.

Twitterqueen Fri 18-Oct-13 14:07:09

I love that so many people are saying 1st December! I've always been considered odd for doing it so early (always the 1st weekend in Dec). But I love Christmas (even though I'm knocking on a bit) and I love the tree - always a real one. I don't care if it's dropping needles and desperate by 6th night - I love coming down the stairs in the dark mornings and switching on the lights....

MrsDeVere Fri 18-Oct-13 14:11:53

Ilike mine too. I find Christmas emotionally exhausting so I am over it all by Boxing Day.
DC4's birthday is just after so I use that as an excuse to take it all down.

Nix01 Fri 18-Oct-13 14:13:53

I sort of feel like it's all about the build up to Christmas, post Boxing Day I'm ready for it all to be over smile

quoteunquote Fri 18-Oct-13 14:18:03

Christmas eve, it's a family(and visiting friends) event, we do it over the afternoon, followed by a lovely meal, the presents go under it after all children have gone to bed, so it a lovely surprise in the morning.

Elsiequadrille Fri 18-Oct-13 14:19:16

Christmas Eve ideally. But will probably, for practical purposes, be two or three days before Christmas instead. Playroom tree is decorated a week or so before Christmas.

everlong Fri 18-Oct-13 14:22:10

Normally about the 10th.

It comes down on the 2nd.

MrsOakenshield Fri 18-Oct-13 14:23:12

mid December, I like it to be up for DD's birthday (18th).

didn't the tradition used to be that it went up on Christmas Eve? Hate them being up too early, I think it really dilutes Christmas.

Elsiequadrille Fri 18-Oct-13 14:23:30

What's this 12 days before Christmas thing? Not related to the 12 days of Christmas ending on the Epiphany?

Elsiequadrille Fri 18-Oct-13 14:25:43

We're celebrating Yule too, Eating.

willyoulistentome Fri 18-Oct-13 14:30:10

Usually the weekend before the weekend before Chrsitmas, as that's when we can go and get it. I take it down on 12th night.

WangoFandango Fri 18-Oct-13 14:38:23

About a week before. But I still feel anything before 23rd December is a bit ITV grin.

iloveholidays Fri 18-Oct-13 14:42:39

we're definitely putting up decorations on 1st this year and I reckon we'll do tree too.

want to make a day of it with elf coming and advent calendar as well smile

Chewbecca Fri 18-Oct-13 14:44:01

I'm also going to have to have a check because of Crossstich's comment because I was about to say that DS's birthday is 6 December so never before then, normally the Sunday after.

Nix01 Fri 18-Oct-13 14:45:23

Oh yes, Iloveholidays, the Elf and Advent calendars are arriving on 1 December too

1st of Dec usually...as that falls on a Sunday this year it will be then smile

Im getting a nice new tree this year as our old one is falling apart...

Nat38 Fri 18-Oct-13 14:53:50

I do like to put tree up 1st weekend of December!!blush
But last year & this year too, it will be the 2nd weekend of December, last year because we were in London for the day on the Saturday & too tired on Sunday-very early start & very late to bed!!!!smile
This year I`ll be away Saturday 30 November & Sunday 1 December with friends to London on a girly/christmas trip!!gringrin

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Fri 18-Oct-13 14:59:03

MrsDV When I read this >> OMGOMGOMG I am SO glad you asked this!

I knew, I just knew...

Its 8 foot and luminous pink

^^ was going to follow grin

Mine will be up on the 30th of November & down at the very last minute before the lovely men from the local church come to collect them (free!) - love love love Christmas lights.

If anyone knows where I can get some proper old fashioned Christmas Tree Lights (you know, the ones with the flower shaped holder), at a reasonable price - please let me know. The modern ones are lovely & all that... but they're Just Not Right.

Thats what I want Chipping! We have one small set but thet aren't big enough for the tree. Ds has them round his wardrobe and they look great. LED just isn't the same.

martinedwards Fri 18-Oct-13 15:20:18

first weekend in December

GrandPoohBah Fri 18-Oct-13 15:55:28

So. I always waited until about a week or two before Christmas to buy and put my tree up, as we have real ones. But last year I got chatting to the guy who owns our local garden centre and he said (quite sensibly) that the trees are all cut and delivered at the beginning of December, so the only thing you're doing by delaying is limiting your choice.

So this year I have a plan. I'm going to buy my tree quite early, get it home, chop an inch or so off the bottom and stick it in a bucket of water in the conservatory until we're ready to use it. Then I'll stick it up, let it settle overnight and then we can dress the day after. Sorted!

Bunbaker Fri 18-Oct-13 16:56:47

"Hate them being up too early, I think it really dilutes Christmas."

I agree. Having Christmas start at the beginning of December doesn't make it feel special any more. When I was a child my mum, sister and I used to put the tree up after we had broken up from school. When we were tiny it used to go up on Christmas Eve after we had gone to bed. It felt magical seeing it for the first time on Christmas Day.

We had some American visitors over at the end of September. The shops had already started stocking Christmassy stuff. They couldn't believe how early we start Christmas off in the UK.

I wonder what it is like in other countries?

jamtoast12 Fri 18-Oct-13 17:00:10

I always do the first weekend of dec. we get a real tree though and usually it land later than the 1st but the 7th feels too late!!! Not sure ...may have to take a day off!

maybe3x Fri 18-Oct-13 17:10:09

Usually the second weekend of December, DS birthday on 4th so like to wait until after that. We take it down usually 2nd Jan but has been known before new year, love it in the build up but not so much after the big day!

MrsDeVere Fri 18-Oct-13 17:11:51

I am 46. Christmas tree always went up at the beginning of December when I was a kid.

Its the marketing of Christmas from October that is wrong. December is fine. Advent starts on the 1st.

hollyisalovelyname Fri 18-Oct-13 17:14:16

Ah for feck sake it's not Halloween yet!

usualsuspect Fri 18-Oct-13 17:16:11

This is the Christmas topic,for talking about Christmas.

Don't wanna read it,hide the topic.

Mine usually goes up the first week in December.

tobiasfunke Fri 18-Oct-13 17:17:01

A week after DH's birthday so the 15thish. Did it a bit early last year and we were generally sick of Christmas by the 25th and we had the decorations down on the 27th. So it will later rather than sooner here this year.
I really hate it now Christmas starts at the end of August. That's when Sainsburys started their Christmas section in our local shop and the co-op had their choc oranges on display. It's totally mad.

Chubfuddler Fri 18-Oct-13 17:22:27

It's a tension. I'd love the tree up 1st December but I prefer a real tree , and the fucker will stink of dead tree by Xmas day if it has to last that long.

I might start with lights and decs on the 1st.

Floralnomad Fri 18-Oct-13 17:28:47

I think when you take the tree down is a more interesting question ,although ours goes up on the first weekend of December it's generally down by Dec 28th . We put up a lot of outside lights as well so those go up the last weekend in November so they're ready to turn on on the first , if you don't turn them on then its really not worth the aggravation of spending a day putting them up .

Bunbaker Fri 18-Oct-13 17:45:55

OH's birthday is on4th January so the tree goes down before then so Christmas and his birthday are separate. I am desperately sick of the clutter by then anyway.

fuzzpig Fri 18-Oct-13 17:49:53

Usually around the time the DCs break up from school. Our living room is tiny.

Always the first weekend in December. My parents did this when we were little and we still do it now. I LOVE christmas.

Bunraku Fri 18-Oct-13 20:26:11

1st December but since it's a Sunday I can't guarantee I won't give in to temptation on the Saturday smile

Will probably put it up on the 8th this year and take it down on the 2nd Jan. I don't think you'll get a fair sample on here though as most of us have been in the Christmas spirit since the start of Sept grin

pastelmacaroons Fri 18-Oct-13 21:13:10

IN our case its more a question of when will the tree be taken down.

I tend to take it down mid January, depending on smell, or sometimes if it will last, the decs and tree can still very happily be up until Valentines day. thlshock

I find January a very tough cold depressing month and I have no wish to add to that by stripping the house back to ordinary just because somewhere once some one said it should be so.

<sticks tongue out - so there>

pastelmacaroons Fri 18-Oct-13 21:15:45


Why does his his bday have to be so separate from xmas, my DH wouldn't give a shit and would prefer to defer to the children.

Do you decorate the house for his birthday with banners or anything? Just curious.....

but i am an old gimmer at a stage where i dont care for birthdays anymore

ringaringarosy Fri 18-Oct-13 22:49:20

Last weekend of November here!

It always used to be the first weekend in December, but since no son got old enough to understand, he always asks if we can do it on his borthday (Dec 13th) so we have cake and pop and the DCs decorate the tree as part of his birthday celebrations now.
I do like to take it down on New Year's Day, even though DH prefers to wait for Jan 6th.

oops no4 son even ^

Another 1st of December here as I love cosy night's snuggled with couvers, fairy lights, movies and my family utter bliss

on the flip side I take it down Christmas night I am a meany after all yhe mess of the millions of presents I cant stand the mess grin

cocoleBOO Sat 19-Oct-13 08:40:57

First Sunday in December, it comes down the day after Boxing Day. Last year I took the baubles off it, kept the lights and tinsel on it and stuck it in the cupboard under the stairs. This way I don't have to spend hours untangling the hundreds of lights I put on it grin.

I have fairy lights up all year round blush.

Christmas tree goes up the Saturday/Sunday before Christmas and comes down on 12th Night. I would prefer it to go up Christmas Eve but I'm generally too busy that day as I work for the church and we are wall to wall services that day.

The church Christmas tree which is 30 ft high is going up at the beginning of December this year as the season of Christmas outside of the Church starts around 1st December when inside the church we are observing Advent. We are going to experiment with having the tree and crib out so that those people who pop into the church during the day to remember loved ones will see some of Christmas even through, technically, it is too early.

OldRoan Sat 19-Oct-13 11:08:52

Fake one is assembled on 30th November ready to decorate first weekend of December (get to enjoy the fun of decorations without the huffing and puffing sorting the branches out).

Real tree...about 2 weeks before Christmas, depending on when the weekends fall.

Dawndonnaagain Sat 19-Oct-13 12:09:39

7th December. My birthday is the 6th. grin

MortifiedAdams Sat 19-Oct-13 12:13:03

Usually the first but since dd was born, its the evening of the 19th (her birthday) after she goes to bed. We celebrate christmas proper after that.

mrsyattering Sat 19-Oct-13 12:16:46

will be 19th December here...the first day of school holidays

Elsiequadrille Sat 19-Oct-13 12:19:23

"About a week before. But I still feel anything before 23rd December is a bit ITV "


GillyBillyWilly Sat 19-Oct-13 12:30:59

Growing up we would always put the decorations and tree up around 10 days before Christmas. Probably around the 15th-ish.

However, I LOVE Christmas.. Can't get enough and want to enjoy it for as long as possible!
So DH and I usually put ours up on 1st December smile
And 1st December is a Sunday this year so that's PERFECT!

AllOverIt Sat 19-Oct-13 13:07:18

DS's birthday is on the 8th so it goes up on the 9th

MmmmWhiteWine Sat 19-Oct-13 23:44:41

This year prob 8th Dec...to me it has to be a Sunday to put up your tree, no idea why....? Any earlier seems to soon but the 15th seems a bit late. But then I like my tree down as soon as poss after NY. Can't be doing with it hanging about til 12th night.

pudseypie Sun 20-Oct-13 06:59:13

No space for a tree and like very minimalist decorations as my house is so tiny it feels cluttered with anything up. Bah humbug! Last year had a wreath on front door and berries on fireplace and left it at that. Might have to make more effort this year as dc will be 2...

VikingVagine Sun 20-Oct-13 07:47:45

1st December; might as well make the most of it for as long as possible (no birthdays here in December so not a problem).

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