It’s Never Too Early for Christmas Decorations…. Or Is It?

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Christmas in September or October?! How soon is too soon?

These days it definitely seems like we can’t embrace any holiday celebration without retail stores stocking shelves or online inventory with the next big holiday still months away.

So when should you decorate for Christmas?

I asked our team how soon (or not so soon) their Christmas decorations are going up this year and we’re sharing our thoughts.

Grinch and Christmas decor on display in store at Hobby Lobby

It’s the beginning of October and stores like Hobby Lobby are already flooding their inventory with Christmas decor. Say what?! Surely people can’t already be shopping for the Holidays… or are they? 🤔

According to many different sources, it seems that the most popular and socially acceptable time to decorate in households across America is the weekend right after Thanksgiving. Additionally, some say that putting up decorations anytime before Halloween is way too early.

But… many people also claim that decorating earlier makes you happier. 🎄

joy to the world sign on christmas tree

In fact, the New York Times shared an article back in March when COVID first hit that people across American began decorating stringing Christmas lights, blowing up holiday inflatables, and building spirit-lifting snowmen to spread cheer at the earliest date we’ve ever seen!

Even Scary Mommy shared some studies that prove people are happier when they decorate earlier and people who put up exterior decorations are even seen as friendlier people. Whoa! One thing is for sure… now more than ever we could all use a little happy, so maybe if we’re not decking those halls in Fall, we’re just not doing it right! 💁‍♀️

Here’s how our team feels about when to decorate for Christmas:

These team members wait until after Thanksgiving to start decorating:

red and gold christmas tree with ornaments

“Our family tradition to decorate for Christmas is on Black Friday. However, last year we did decorate a little earlier because of our schedules. I love Christmas but can’t eat Thanksgiving dinner with trees lit up. LOL!” – Alana

“My family makes it a tradition to decorate after we have Thanksgiving dinner! Always a great time as the whole family is together and we listen to Christmas music, too!” – Rachel 

“We do our decorating the day after Thanksgiving until just after New Years.” – Chelsey 

“I usually decorate the day after Thanksgiving. Anything earlier is too early for me as the decorations feel dusty after a while. But it’s never too early to buy them! I just bought ornaments at Dollar Tree yesterday! HAHA!” – Amber S. 

christmas tree in living room with train

“Usually either right after Thanksgiving or sometimes right before. It really depends if I’m hosting Thanksgiving or not because I don’t want anyone to be offended by Christmas decorations. LOL!” – Amber R. 

“I try to put up the tree the Saturday after Thanksgiving and then start decorating everything else that week, but I don’t judge people who decorate even earlier! I love Christmas!” – Jessica

“We decorate the second we’re done celebrating Thanksgiving. For us, anything before that is too soon. Like Alana, I need Fall decor with my Thanksgiving celebration. Haha!” – Jenna R.

“In our family, we bring all the Fall decorations down Thanksgiving night and getting ready for Christmas is an all day event on Black Friday.” – Ashley

christmas tree wood sign on mantel with nutcracker

“My dad, my brothers, and I take the boxes out of the attic Thanksgiving Day or that weekend, only to walk around the boxes for about a week, then when my stepmom gets in town the next week or so she makes us do it all at once. LOL!” – Hunter

“The day after Thanksgiving we all go together to cut down a tree and then decorate for all things Christmas. However, I totally start the Christmas tunes the moment Halloween is over and start Christmas shopping as soon as summer is over!” – Jenna P.

“The night of Black Friday… the tree goes up, bins are placed in the living room, and the weekend is set to decorate – as schedules allow. By Sunday night it’s all ready and we have a ceremonial tree lighting with hot chocolate and a required family viewing of the Polar Express.” – Irene

christmas tree with wrapped gifts underneath

“I absolutely love Christmas so normally by the time Thanksgiving is here I’m ready to decorate! I just love having company over and having everything set up and pretty. I used to be really religious about decorating on Black Friday, but with kids in the picture, I just decorate somewhere around Thanksgiving when it feels right.” – Sara

“I prefer to wait until December to put up our tree as I feel like 3 weeks with the tree up is plenty of time! I hate to admit it, but I’ve been known to take down our tree on the evening of 12/25! HAHA! I’m always ready to get the house back to its normal non-tree state as soon as Christmas is over.” – Bryn 

“We definitely deck the halls after Thanksgiving but we don’t have a set time frame – pretty much whenever I feel like digging through my garage for the Christmas stuff. I don’t put out a lot of decorations though because I don’t want to be dusting that stuff all month-long. We do 2 Christmas trees though and I go pretty nuts with those!” – Cass

Here’s why these two team members decorate a bit earlier: 

Merry Christmas from Collin

“We used to put ours up the afternoon of Black Friday, but then we moved it a little earlier so the kids could enjoy it when they were home from college during Thanksgiving. My husband now realizes that he lost the battle of holiday spirit because both my daughter and I love having it up early. I just checked my photos from last year, and the tree was up and decorated by November 10th! LOL!” – Liza 

“I like to put up my decorations long before Thanksgiving because Christmas decor is amazing and magical! For me, I just love sitting on my couch in the early morning hours, drinking my coffee, and looking around at all the festive decor and my beautiful lit-up Christmas tree.

It makes me feel cozy and so excited about the holiday season. I’m that person – that person who’s obsessed with Christmas. I love the cheesy Hallmark Christmas movies, all the yummy seasonal foods, drinking hot cocoa, gift-giving, and just the feeling I get during this time of year! I could go on and on… lol

So unlike my sister, Bryn, I like to enjoy our festive decor and Christmas tree (with all the meaningful ornaments) for more than just 3 weeks. When Halloween is over, it’s time to get decorating!” 🙌 –Collin

And one of our Hip sidekicks goes ALL out for Christmas!

house front yard decked out with tons of festive christmas decorations

“You guys are totally going to think I’m nuts, but I used to start the day after Halloween! My dad and I used to enter our city’s decorating contest and we would hand make & paint decorations every year! We had to be done decorating early for the judging to take place, hence starting crazy early.

My dad, unfortunately, passed away a few years ago so I did a display by myself that year in honor of him.❤️ I later moved out and now that I live in an apartment so I tend to decorate the day after Thanksgiving like a sane person. LOL.” – Erika

But enough about us! When do you decorate? 😍

Here’s where we post all things Christmas! 🎅

About the writer:

Sara is a self-taught blogger & photographer and brings 9+ years of experience to her craft. Her work has been featured in numerous esteemed publications, spanning building, travel, and fashion. Beyond her creative pursuits, Sara’s primary mission is to empower others to embrace a toxic-free & sustainable lifestyle.

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Comments 104

  1. LDW

    Places like Lowe’s…..too soon. Completely get the crafting for Christmas gifts, but I shouldn’t hear Christmas music and Halloween animatronics at the same time. At least with Walmart it’s not in the same exact section!

    • Maureen

      I do agree. I boycott all stores that put up Christmas decorations or play music and I let them know. Lowe’s already has all their Christmas decorations up, September 28th mind you. Have a mass said for a gift. It’s only ten dollars and will last for eternity

  2. Belinda

    I like to decorate closer to Thanksgiving. This year I have my exterior decorated early because I could only get on the decorators schedule early. I prefer Thanksgiving weekend but since Thanksgiving is so late this year I elected for early exterior decor. The inside of my home will be Thanksgiving weekend and I won’t out a tree up until December because I like a fresh tree.

  3. Las6ink

    Our family decorates early. Right after Halloween. But my 10 year old daughter has gotten creative and her room is already Christmas decorated. She said”Covid stinks so Christmas makes me happy.”

  4. Jill

    We always decorate the Saturday after Thanksgiving. We go get our tree in the morning and then Saturday/Sunday we decorate. As a child, my mom always made us wait until the car ride home, from my Aunt’s house, on Thanksgiving night to sing Christmas songs…. then Thanksgiving was officially over and Christmas could now begin. This year, with everything going on w/ COVID and all the super negativity, I think seeing Christmas stuff out early is a happy thing. There’s nothing wrong with a little more happy and bright lights in the world. And if it brings out the Christmas spirit in people earlier, all the better. So I’m all for it. What’s better than seeing people smile and be in a good place when they’re around Christmas joy ? Why should there be a date on that ?

  5. Pattyd

    Put them up when it makes you feel happy. Life is much to short to care about what others think about something as trivial as that. We usually put ours up thanksgiving weekend.

  6. Debbie Thompson

    We have set a date of Nov 1 for our tree. I dont mind Christmas stuff going up early due to Christmas savings accounts are distributed this time of year and stores know it and want to get in on the spending.

  7. LizaLoo79

    Totally with you Collin!!!! Christmas is a season and we like to enjoy it every minute we can. Since we decorate in every room of the house and that takes time our goal is always to be decorated by Veterans Day. But since we are all needing to feel something extra magical, hopeful and cozy this year – November 1st it is!!!! Merry Christmas!!! 🎄🎄🎄

  8. Winnie

    I just love reading all of your stories. I used to decorate the weekend after Thanksgiving, but we rotate where we have holidays each year with my siblings and parent so it used to be my excuse to get the decorations up BEFORE thanksgiving if everyone was going to be at my house for Thanksgiving but not at Christmas. I like for everyone to see the house all decorated, and we are all spread out, and they may not be back to my house during the holidays. Now, usually the weekend before or after Thanksgiving. depending on my schedule. It DOES put me in a happy mood having the decorations up and the smells of pine and cranberries. Just opening the drawers where I store them has that smell and if I am looking for something and happen to open them, it immediately takes me there!!

  9. Breanna

    Last year I put my Christmas tree up on Halloween night. We don’t really celebrate Halloween. “Beggars night” (what my state calls Trick or Treating) isn’t on Halloween anyways and I was 38 weeks pregnant 💚🎄 Christmas makes me happy, my hubby might think I’m crazy but 🤷🏻‍♀️😂 I’m going to try to hold out on decorating for Christmas until after my daughters first birthday on November 5th but I can’t make any promises lol 🎄❤️

  10. Amy

    I say do what makes you happy! For me, I also love the vibe of fall/Thanksgiving decorations so I can’t imagine having Christmas decorations up for Thanksgiving!

  11. dealzgurl

    I personally don’t like to see decorations up until Thanksgiving (I know, I know!) because that’s when we put them up when I was a kid. After I lost my mom, though, Christmas was a hard holiday for many years so seeing decorations up early was torture. It felt like the season lasted two years instead of only a month or two. Not anyone else’s problem, I know, but for the grieving and the lonely, it can seem endless. Especially for people without close family or friends. If you have that, consider yourself ultra blessed. That’s the true gift, IMO.

    • elizabethannbrodberger

      dealzgurl, well said. Hugs to you.

  12. Sav

    I decorate on November 1st inside, and Black Friday outside. It makes me and my family happy, and we don’t “forget” about Thanksgiving either (big eye roll here). In fact we have a few awesome weeks of having clashing Thanksgiving and Christmas decorations up at the same time. It’s fun and festive and hurts literally no one. Been thinking about putting my Christmas decorations up even earlier this year honestly. Christmas decor/music is MAGICAL and good for the soul, IMHO. 🙂

  13. Colorado Amy

    I used to wait until after Thanksgiving to decorate for Christmas, but then my British boyfriend gave me a new perspective. In England, they don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, so they typically start decorating after their fireworks night, called Guy Fawkes Night, on November 5. The Christmas season in England typically lasts two months, until January 5. I personally don’t think that having Christmas decor up at Thanksgiving takes anything away from Thanksgiving. I think it makes Thanksgiving better. I used to think it was a bit of a waste putting Christmas decor up for just a month and now I like that we have it up for two months.

  14. Melissa

    I do not understand people getting bent out of shape over stores selling Christmas stuff early. I enjoy adding to my collection of Christmas decorations in September and October because if I wait until November and December when it’s “acceptable” I usually have to focus on buying presents and not new decor for myself. We always decorate about a week and a half before Thanksgiving. I love seeing my tree lit up and having that cozy feeling in my house.

  15. Rebecca

    Thanksgiving is probably my least favorite holiday..I like to eat too much with family but really, we do that throughout the year.😂. I’ll start decorating Nov 1st, when I take down halloween stuff. The tree & everything else is too much work to just have it up a couple weeks. I used to enjoy doing fall decor more, but I’m kind of over it at this point. Do whatever makes you happy, life’s too short.

  16. Csandst1

    I used to love Christmas but 2 kids later and 20 years and I’m over it. NO ONE helps me and over the years I’ve scaled back on decorating and no one has noticed. We used to have traditions with lighting advent candles and putting mangers together with biblical readings. I stopped a few years ago to see if anyone missed it and no one said a word. Last year I didn’t put out the nativity scene. My husband was the only one who noticed. I told him I ran out of time. He didn’t volunteer to put it out. I’m done.

    My kids complain about the lack of outdoor decorations. We can’t afford much and what I do have no one offers to help. Last year I didn’t put out the Christmas Laser lights. No one noticed.

  17. JenV

    It’s 2020 and we’re in the midst of a pandemic. Do whatever you want that will make you a little happier!!!

  18. Casey

    I’m putting my tree up on Thanksgiving night this year. Usually I do it the Sunday after.

  19. Jenna

    I put up my personal tree and decor the weekend before thanksgiving, bc I like having it up when I get back home from whichever relative’s house I was visiting for thanksgiving, usually my parents (we try to put the tree up that weekend, as my parents won’t by themselves until right before Christmas and their fake tree is too big for that to be worth it!). Plus if I’m off thanksgiving, I usually work the day after, I’m in healthcare, so the work day directly after is usually rather sucky bc no one was open or wanted to go on the holiday. So when I get home and see the decor I feel better about the day, instead of viewing it as a chore to still do! Plus all the effort for 2 weeks is crazy, I want at least 5-6

  20. Kristin Dee

    In my home country, Christmas starts at the beginning of September and lasts until the Day of the Three Kings. When I came to the US, I followed the idea of decorating the day after Thanksgiving out of respect for this holiday. This year I’m planning to decorate early since my MIL is hosting Thanksgiving and I’m doing Christmas. I will wait until the trees are bare though until I put out my decorations. It is cold and I’m feeling that Christmas magic already but because it’s still fall outside, I will wait awhile. Hopefully, after Veteran’s Day, the leaves have fallen. In the meantime, I will watch Christmas movies on Hallmark.

  21. Mickey

    I decorated the inside on November 5 and get a fresh tree after Thanksgiving. I love Christmas I love my house smell cinnamon stick and festive and also made me happy. I also decorate outdoor a day before Thanksgiving.

  22. Robyn

    I generally wait until the day after Thanksgiving. However, this yr, it’s going up this weekend. 2020 has been a trying time for all of us. Christmas is always such a happy time, and I for one, need a little happy! I say, do what makes you happy. Life is to be lived, enjoyed, and if putting up a Christmas tree in Oct, Nov, gives you happiness, enjoyment, then what are you waiting for! Merry Merry Christmas all, let’s hope for a better 2021! Stay safe and healthy! 🎄 🎅

  23. Lana Smiley

    Christmas is a celebration of the birth of the Savior – Jesus. How can decorations for this be too early! Whenever the Spurit moves you

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  25. Chris Dee

    In the past I used to decorate the day after Thanksgiving. This year I’ll start decorating after Veteran’s Day. Where I come from Christmas is a big celebration. It starts as early as September and ends on Three kings Day.

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