When to decorate for Christmas?

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How early do you decorate for Christmas? Do you decorate every room? Do you have favorite decorations or wreaths you use every year? 😇

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  • Dfm Dfm on Sep 18, 2017
    the day after thanksgiving is when i start pulling Christmas decor out. i will start to pack up jan. 2. i have several smaller slim style Christmas trees., and there will will be a tree lit up in every window. each with a different theme.

  • Karen Krysowaty Karen Krysowaty on Sep 18, 2017
    I start my decorations the beginning of December, that way I can take my time and enjoy the experience. I usually put on the Christmas CDs and enjoy. I decorate my guests area, dining room frontroom kitchen and baths. If the grand kids are coming for the holidays I also decorate their bedroom with their own little Christmas tree that they can decorate.

  • Bobbie Bobbie on Sep 18, 2017
    Black Friday is my day to decorate for Christmas. My family is home and helps. We decorate every room including the bathrooms. The ladies do the inside and the men do the outside. Its so much fun!!

  • B. Enne B. Enne on Sep 18, 2017
    I have an artificial tree, so I start the first week of December and leave the decorations up till January 6th. I no longer decorate every room, only common areas: kitchen, living room and bathroom. I use mostly the same decorations, but put them in different spots. I have been decreasing the decorating since I no longer have young children around.

  • Great question! I have outside holiday lights up by Thanksgiving as in my neighborhood it is tradition to turn your holiday lights on Thanksgiving night! Typically that is all I have up as the porch decor is still "fall / Thanksgiving" themed items. Thanksgiving weekend is when I start switching from the fall decor to the holiday decor. In my opinion they "commercially" rush the seasons far too early for my taste. I can see the reason in craft and hobby stores as people need time to procure supplies and make things but there is no reason that Halloween candy should be in the stores in August! When it is 100+ and blazing hot outside it is hard for me to even think of Halloween at that time. Besides I guess that they bank on the fact families snack on the candy and will need to purchase more before the actual event. (Halloween is a big deal here, my typical year is around 500 kids - it is an investment.) I decorate the outside, front porch, living room, guest bath and a few things in the kitchen. Some things go in roughly the same place every year, and I try to mix it up and add new things or do something to keep it fresh and new. We shall see this year as right now I feel like bah humbug! 🤐

  • Michele Pappagallo Michele Pappagallo on Sep 18, 2017
    I typically decorate the weekend of Thanksgiving....and I leave it all up until the week of New Year's. I usually do one main tree in my front room, and then miscellaneous decorations and Santas scattered throughout other areas. Don't usually do outdoor decor anymore, but saw a cute idea on Pinterest so i might reconsider this year.

  • Chriss Grijak Chriss Grijak on Sep 18, 2017
    In our neighborhood we usually light the outdoor decorations the weekend of Thanksgiving. Everything is then taken down on January 6, the feast day of the 3 Kings.

  • FL FL on Sep 18, 2017
    Since childhood we decorated for Christmas on Thanksgiving! I put something seasonal in every room, whether a scented candle, a vase with fresh greens and a branch of berries or a bowl with pinecones! I use a new wreath every year that I make myself using natural items for inspiration!

  • Giselle Giselle on Sep 20, 2017
    I start the outside first weekend in December. It usually takes me most of the day, then start on the inside. I don't fully decorate each room, but I put a Christmas decoration in each. I have small, artificial, undecorated trees that go in the bathrooms, I put a small decorated tree in my bedroom and front entry and a stuffed Christmas toy on the steps to my son's room. I also set up a lighted village going up the stairs.
    Yes, I have favorite decorations that I use every year. One is a Santa dressed as a chef that goes in my kitchen.

    • Jewellmartin Jewellmartin on Sep 20, 2017
      I'm imagining your lovely staircase and fun kitchen. If you love a Santa chef, you must be fun all year. When you decorate, please try to take pictures all along. Each area you decorate, inside and outside, might make a good post for Hometalk.com. Get before, during, after, materials, and more shots. I am very sure people would enjoy to see your creativity. Best wishes 😇

  • Giselle Giselle on Sep 20, 2017
    I will going forward. I always forget to take before pictures!

    • Jewellmartin Jewellmartin on Sep 20, 2017
      Me, too. I started walking through my house, taking photos of almost every spot as it is now. I got distracted and didn't finish, but it's also a good practice for insurance purposes. But when I get ready to redo a spot in my house, I'll be ahead of the game when I have lots of before pictures. I also have things like little tables in the garage I want to redo. I work slowly, so I am going to try to get pictures of those things, too. For you, the "plain" outside shots could be used all year if you decorate for all seasons. 😇

  • Giselle Giselle on Sep 21, 2017
    That's a good idea! Thanks!

  • Chubby58 Chubby58 on Sep 26, 2017
    I personally like to have all my decorations up before Thanksgiving. That gets me in the spirit and I can enjoy it longer.

  • Jewellmartin Jewellmartin on Sep 27, 2017
    we used to pull everything out on Thanksgiving afternoon, after huge dinner at noon. Then it would take until Sunday night to finish decorating, but we could enjoy December, like you.

    • B. Enne B. Enne on Sep 29, 2017
      That sounds like fun! Our Thanksgiving is the 2nd Monday in October...a bit too early for Christmas decorating.

  • Lexi Lexi on Sep 27, 2017
    I decorate right after Thanksgiving but you can decorate any time you like! If you have a special sewing room or doll room or office...put the tree up, decorate it and leave it up all year long....can change ornaments as seasons change! Just do your own thing!

  • Dianacirce70 Dianacirce70 on Sep 27, 2017
    We put a few things outside, and put the tree up about 2 weeks before. My kids put garland and lights everywhere.

  • Ginny Ginny on Sep 27, 2017
    Wreath goes on front door right after Thanksgiving. Now that I am older, I purchased a table top 4' tree at Home Depot complete with lights. Inside wreaths go up as I get to them. Downsized from 9 boxes of decorations to 4-5, and some of them were not even used last yr. Saved many memorable items from my childhood and my son's childhood. Used to decorate every rm. in the downstairs but it's too hard for me now.

    • Jewellmartin Jewellmartin on Sep 27, 2017
      Quite understand. We are going to leave town for over a month Dec 24 or 25, and there are only church-related events on our calender, nothing at home. We will decorate just enough for the little grandchildren, then they will be traveling with us. Our oldest granddaugher will be getting married Dec. 27. Then we are traveling. I may change the Christmas wreath to a late winter, early spring wreath before we leave because we may not be back until the middle of Feb.
      And I gave away about half our decorations in the last three years. And I still have much too many!
      Best wishes 😇

  • Kba28478716 Kba28478716 on Sep 29, 2017
    When I was younger, I started decorating after Thanksgiving and put out new things all over the house up to putting away time. I had favorite ornaments and decorations that I was glad to see after a year. I relived past Christmas memories with each one. Kinda like a time capsule. The most important thing is to suit yourself.

  • Jewellmartin Jewellmartin on Sep 29, 2017
    I wish our Thanksgiving were earlier in the US. Ours is too close to Christmas. 😇

  • Castrang17 Castrang17 on Sep 30, 2017
    Whenever you want to. I have a dark corner and leave my lite decorated faux green tree up all year. It blends well with our rustic decor and the ornaments are rustic Western. Plus I just loves trees, brings nature inside.