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When do your decorations go up?

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xmasevebundle Sat 06-Oct-12 00:49:12

Thought it would be fun to find out when everyone else puts theres up!

Mum tells my dad to ascend the loft and get everything out on the 17th Novemeber (Yes that early)

Me and my mum love christmas so much, we put everything up to make it feel 'warm' and 'cosy' after 3-4 hours we sit down make a hot chocolate then get excited for christmasblush

wfrances Sun 07-Oct-12 16:10:22

i decorate first week of december, wreaths,garlands,christmas crockery,ect but trees dont go up until about the 10th-14th

NimChimpsky Sun 07-Oct-12 15:27:27

DD breaks up on the 21st too. Not enough time at all. Not back until January 8th I think. I'd rather she was home for longer before Christmas and back to school earlier.

Decorations will be made from the first weekend in December and then we put them up as and when they're ready. December 1st we go to a Christmas market and then to the coast to collect holly, fircones, twigs etc, home to hot chocolate and start drying out oranges etc.

oldraver Sun 07-Oct-12 15:15:49

I've never had a definate day as its change over the years depending on our circumstances. When we were little My Mum put the tree up for DB's birthday on the 9th, now we put it up after the 9th as its OH birthday and he doesnt want to have to share it grin

mrsfuzzy Sun 07-Oct-12 14:51:51

common? what's that mean freakoid? what happened to wanting to cheer up the dark days with a bit of colour and afew lights?

FreakoidOrganisoid Sun 07-Oct-12 14:04:24

It always used to be around the 20th, when schools broke up-ish.

Then I moved house on Dec 1st and couldn't be arsed to put it all in the loft for just a couple of weeks so kept it all out. Got sick of the sight of the boxes so put it all up within a week. Made my new home feel all cosy and festive smile

The past few years it's been the first weekend in December. Ds' birthday is the 10th but so far he has wanted the decorations up before his birthday, if that changes we'll put it back again to after his birthday.

My mum tells me I am common for putting it up so early grin

MrsRobertDuvallHasRosacea Sun 07-Oct-12 13:52:03

20th December.
And come down before new year.

mrsfuzzy Sun 07-Oct-12 12:39:21

we're pagans and as we celebrate the winter solstice dec 21st [or some years 22nd] we decorate the house with evergreen on dec 1st, and replenish it up to dec 23rd when our celebrations finish and everything is cleared away, we also light tealights in lamps in the garden as the sun sets, and have a huge bomfire to celebrate the sun on the solstice itsself. when i was a kid i celebrated christmas and i still love to see the decorations and lights in shops and peoples windows/ gardens, but it isn't for me personally. we have feasting and drink, there are no presents as they were given out on our new years eve oct 31st so the kids are not missing out.

PeppermintLatte Sun 07-Oct-12 12:34:46

i'm shock at how late some of you are!

the last sunday in november for me, we stick an m&s buffet in, drink mulled wine and bucks fizz and blare cliff richard! it's not christmas without cliff.

HecateLarpo Sun 07-Oct-12 12:24:22

After my birthday on the 9th December.

When I was a child, my parents ALWAYS put the christmas decorations up on my birthday. Apparently it made my birthday special.


so now, my own family know to not even ASK about christmas till the 10th of december.

<issues flying all over the place> grin

TheFallenMadonna Sun 07-Oct-12 12:20:24

End of term. We keep them until twelfth night though, which seems to be later than most.

vamosbebe Sun 07-Oct-12 12:16:41

8th December! It's ds' first birthday on 7th, so we'll put everything up the day after (yes, I know he won't realise their importance yet!) as it's a holiday here in Spain so we'll always have the day to do it together. I can't flipping wait this year!!

IWantAnotherBaby Sun 07-Oct-12 12:12:11

1st December of course

All other ways are wrong.


BlameItOnTheCuervForHumanBlood Sun 07-Oct-12 11:51:20

First sunday of december, we drink mulled wine/punch, put the fire on and eat mince pies while putting the decorations up.


NoillyPrat Sun 07-Oct-12 11:31:37

We put our trees up on the first Saturday of December. This year it'll be the 1st smile

ConstantlyCooking Sun 07-Oct-12 11:19:54

Christmas build up starts on the first Sunday of Advent, then Christmas CDs and films are "allowed" from Dec 1st. Decorations usually second weekend in Dec. I love the build up to Christmas and always have a twinge of sadness on the day itself as it will soon be over. I miss the shops closing on the bank holidays and the Sales starting closer to New Year.

Indith Sun 07-Oct-12 08:37:34

TheSurgeonsMate I may have to go back on my word this year! The 22nd is dd's birthday party then the 23rd is her birthday so no doubt MIL or someone will be round then the 24th we will be going down to my mum's so it might have to be the weekend before that one!

2kidsintow Sat 06-Oct-12 23:13:19

I used to wait til school had finished. But that was pre-kids.

They actually seem to love the build up to Christmas more than the day itself. They love me to drive the long way home through the town so they can do what I did as a kiddie and count the number of people who have their decs up and watch the number increase as the days go by.
As a result I then started to put them up on the 1st when they started with their advent calendars.

They are a bit older now and I may hold off a week now instead.

EugenesAxe Sat 06-Oct-12 21:47:38

The weekend before Christmas, usually, but this year it will be earlier as we are away the weekend before Christmas (early Christmas with DH's family).

Also if I have neighbours over for some wanky mulled wine and mince pie thing, then I'll be festived up in time for that.

I saw some house bling TODAY on the gatepost of a house in Hersham - they weren't switched on but they were light tubes in the shape of bells. I was shock

DorsetKnob Sat 06-Oct-12 21:41:26

The Saturday after the children have broken up.

TheSurgeonsMate Sat 06-Oct-12 21:39:10

Like Indith, the weekend before. I've just checked, this year that's quite hardcore - 22nd.

Meglet Sat 06-Oct-12 21:38:30

When the schools break up, so 20th (ish) of December.

Goldpippin Sat 06-Oct-12 21:35:41

This year we will be putting the tree up on the 15th we have a real tree and I find if we get them any earlier then they are past there best by the 25th.

Inneedofbrandy Sat 06-Oct-12 19:23:24

Indith You have a point, I just find it difficult with fitting everything and family in .And I love the run up to christmas. Like whoiknow said 2nd of Jan I want them back in school. I hate January and I hate my xmas decs up after boxing day, I itch till all day boxing day wanting to take them down.

Petsinmyputridpudenda Sat 06-Oct-12 19:18:55

Mid decemberhare but no tree till the christmas school holidays

FringeEvent Sat 06-Oct-12 18:46:41

Mine will be going up on Dec 15th this year, as my little niece is coming to stay for the weekend, and letting her decorate the tree will save me from having to do it be fun for her

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