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Best Time to Put up the Christmas Tree??

I was just wondering when would be the best time to put up the Christmas tree and decorations. Any and all responses are welcome and greatly appreciated! (:

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Oh the fun of decorating the tree. Growing up my family tradition was the day after Thanksgiving. Now that I am grown and have my own family traditions this is one I had to keep. My kids (included the biggest one of all - the husband) cant wait til Friday.
Have fun and Merry Christmas

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Hey J., I usually put my decorations and tree up the first weekend in Dec. since there is a holiday inbetween Halloween and Christmas. I hope this helps. J. A.

If you are not going away for the day Thanksgiving day or the day after where the family can all help. Everyone is out of school and you can pickup deals and missed things on black friday. Oh it really is fun if guess is in town you will have all kind of memories. Trust me it is so much fun. We also take breaks and go out to dinner or a movie.

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we put ours up couple weeks ago..

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People usually put the tree up right after Thanksgiving, or the 1st day of December. I believe if you have time and a good movie to have playing in the background, you're all set no matter when it is.
My family and I usually pick a weekend to drag the stuff down from the attic one day, and then on Sunday, put the tree up, in our sweats and slippers while one of our daughters cinematic pix is playing on the main family TV.
These will be our plans for this coming weekend =) It keeps her occupied just in case she loses interest in the tree.(She's 4..haha..she loses interest pretty quick) I hope that helps a little bit. I don't think there should be a set time to put up a tree. It's the Holidays, people are busy and life gets hectic, don't stress yourself out with a deadline. Think of the tree as a time to relax and bond with your family...not work. If it becomes a chore that needs to be completed, you'll miss out on most of the memories and fun. Have a great Christmas! And don't stress about your tree, put it up when you can =)
J.

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Depends on your family and the traditions you want to instill.

If you have a crawling baby/toddler, usually the later the better and then still put it in a pack n play, in a room with a gate, or buy a tree gate... We put ours up typically around the first weekend of Advent, assuming my son is home. If not, a little earlier so the whole family can participate. And then it comes down New Year's day.

When I was a kid, it was two weeks before Christmas and then down the day after. My mom was totally OCD about her house being perfect tho so I don't know if that was the social norm then or just my mom being a freak.

In our social/family groups, typically if it goes up before Tday or stays up longer than a month you get derided. hasn't changed our behavior.....tho we do the same thing to the people in our neighborhood who put their stuff up at the beginning of October and don't take it down til Easter. You think I'm joking don't you? LOL

Do whatever's right for yall. Whatever makes you happiest with your family....if Christmas is a burden with all the "stuff", wait til the last minute....if you have a larger home and it doesnt give you claustrophobia like it does us, earlier may be better for you :)

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It has always been the day after Thanksgiving:)

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We have a tradition as traditions binds a family together. WE put up our Christmas tree on Thanksgiving weekend and take it down on New Years Day. My husband puts it up and puts the lights on and the children and I decorate it :) We have special ornaments on there for people in our family that have passed away and my children get a special ornament each Christmas as well.

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About a week after Thanksgiving. Or even sooner- depends on when you have time and help!

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There is no one single "best" time -- just whatever fits your family. :-)

My mom has an artificial tree, so we would always put hers up the day after Thanksgiving and leave it up till the day after Christmas.

The last two years, my husband and I have had a real tree, which we cut down from the woods ourselves. That's fun (in some ways; not so much in others)! If we don't do it during his Thanksgiving break, we'll have to do it on some weekend between -- so it just depends on how our lives are operating at that given time. Last year, we got a tree the weekend after Thanksgiving and it still looked nice after Christmas, but it was *very* dry (we burned it in our yard when we were finished, and it took less than 3 minutes for it to completely burn up), so that might be something to consider if you're getting a real tree.

Three years ago, we didn't even have a tree at all, because my husband was driving over-the-road, and I wasn't about to take a baby and a young toddler out to get a tree (even from a store), drag it home, set it up by myself, etc. So, I just strung Christmas lights around the room, and put ornaments on the lights. The kids liked it, it kept the ornament high, and I didn't have to worry about watering a tree. :-)

If you're worried about your pets or your kids getting ornaments -- you may be in for some training and discipline! But keep your precious and/or breakable ornaments high, if possible, and put soft, cloth, low-value ornaments down low, just in case.

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Oh the fun of decorating the tree. Growing up my family tradition was the day after Thanksgiving. Now that I am grown and have my own family traditions this is one I had to keep. My kids (included the biggest one of all - the husband) cant wait til Friday.
Have fun and Merry Christmas

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I suppose it is an individual choice. BUT, to me, putting up
Christmas Decorations at Thanksgiving is just like seeing
Halloween decorations in the store right after July 4th.

Our choice has always been to put up the tree about a week before Christmas. We might put the wreaths beside the front door a few days earlier than that. And it is up to us to put out other decorations inside if we wish.

Southern tradition says the decorations, especially the tree, must be down by New Years Eve, our you will have bad luck all the next year !! So you believe that??

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We get a real tree and are cheap (lol) so we wait until about 2 weeks before Christmas when the trees go on sale!! Hey, we got a $55.00 tree for $25 last year! We make alot of decorations and have already started those, so the boys get into the spirit before the tree!!!

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We love putting our tree up the weekend after Thanksgiving. When we return home on Saturday we often use Saturday evening as a time to reconnect with our household by playing some Christmas music and putting up the tree. It is a fun time. Just make sure you have plenty of time to not have to rush through it.

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A lot of people already have them up, some people make a tradition of doing it the day after Thanksgiving, but it's totally a personal 'family' decision. Depends on how much room you have, whether you have a real or artificial tree, if you have little 'ankle biters' (babies/toddlers) that'll pull everything off (or pull it over on themselves), etc, etc. Just make your 'tradition' something that everyone can live with for years to come (or -- like me, do it a different way and day each year! LOL)

Happy Thanksgiving, and Merry Christmas!

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I think it is a personal choice. I personally hate to go to all the trouble for one a few short weeks, so our family tradition is to put it up the weekend of Thanksgiving and take it down the weekend after New Years.

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We love decorating for Christmas, and want to enjoy it all as much as possible. It's become a tradition for us to buy a tree the day after Thanksgiving and decorate it that weekend. We take the tree down on New Year's eve.

Around our neighborhood I have seen Christmas lights already up for the past week or two. Love it!

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Hi J.,

Christmas is always my favorite time of the year! We usually put our tree up after Thanksgiving.

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We use an artificial tree because of allergies and asthma. We usually put it up the day or weekend after Thanksgiving. It is usually a time when everyone is there at some point. We make a game of doing it together, enjoy cookies, hot chocolate etc... If you use a real tree make sure to keep it watered.

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Whenever you WANT to put it up! Some years we put it up the day after Thanksgiving, some years we wait a week. It's when we get the spirit to do it. My husband has had the Christmas bite for over a month now, so I figure this year it will be Thanksgiving day!

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Right now!!! :-) I love, love, love Christmas and if my husband would let me, I'd decorate right after halloween! It's a personal decision... If you want your tree to last (if it's real), you should probably wait about another week.

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We put ours up on Thanksgiving night.

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Hey J., I usually put my decorations and tree up the first weekend in Dec. since there is a holiday inbetween Halloween and Christmas. I hope this helps. J. A.

We're putting ours up this weekend after we get it from the boy scout troop at Church, December 5th. I say anytime AFTER the Thanksgiving holiday is good and of course anytime in December is ok too.

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I like to put mine up right after Thanksgiving...after black friday shopping! ;)

If you are not going away for the day Thanksgiving day or the day after where the family can all help. Everyone is out of school and you can pickup deals and missed things on black friday. Oh it really is fun if guess is in town you will have all kind of memories. Trust me it is so much fun. We also take breaks and go out to dinner or a movie.

Some people I know put it up right after Thanksgiving. We put ours up about 1 1/2 weeks prior to Christmas b/c we use a real tree and it won't live the entire month. I would suggest the 1st or 2nd week into Dec to start an entire month of the holiday spirit!

Have fun!

we have always put it up the day after Thanksgiving. If you are putting up a real tree, you may want to wait a little later, or keep it wet!!! Merry Christmas! God Bless.

we normally do ours the day after thanksgiving however this year its going to snow so im doing it tomorrow!

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