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It’s Never Too Early for Christmas Decorations Or is it?

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Christmas in September?! When’s it too soon?

These days it definitely seems like we can’t embrace any holiday celebration without retail stores stocking shelves with the next big holiday that’s still months away. So when should you put up Christmas decorations? I asked our team how soon (or not so soon) their Christmas decorations are going up this year.

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It’s the beginning of September 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.

Many people claim decorating earlier makes you happier!

joy to the world sign on christmas tree

That’s right. According to an article that Scary Mommy shared, studies show that people are happier when they decorate earlier and people who put up exterior decorations are seen as friendlier people. So deck those halls and spread some joy!

Here’s how our team feels about decorating for the holidays:

These team members wait until after Thanksgiving to start decorating:

red and gold christmas tree with ornaments

“Pre-kids I always put our decorations up right after Thanksgiving. Now with kids and our schedules, I’m lucky to even get them up at all! Plus, taking them all down is even worse. LOL! Honestly, I wish I could skip putting it up at all.” – Jill 

“Growing up it was my family tradition to go out Thanksgiving evening to pick out a tree then we would set it up the next day.  I loved that tradition so I stuck with it and tend to put up our artificial tree on Thanksgiving day or that weekend.” – Jami

“I try to put my decorations up the day after Thanksgiving, but sometimes it’s a bit later or earlier. It really just depends on when I feel like doing it. I also just put the tree up and let my son decorate it the way he wants. LOL!” – Jessica C.

christmas tree wood sign on mantel with nutcracker

“We usually put ours up by December 1st if not Thanksgiving weekend and it stays up through January 6th.” – Stacy

“Traditionally our tree goes up on the evening of Black Friday. After a power-packed Thanksgiving evening and early Black Friday morning of shopping, we relax with taking out and putting up the tree. The tree comes down sometime during the week after Christmas.” – Irene 

“The day after Thanksgiving is my favorite day to put up decorations. Traditionally, my mom and I always did that together when I was a kid and I look forward to putting on the music and decorating with my family. However, I’ve been known to put a tree up for Hip2Save photo shoots much earlier in recent years! LOL!” – Lina 


“I try to get ours up right after Thanksgiving and take it down on New Year’s Day – I like to have it up as long as possible to appreciate it since it’s such a hassle to get it up. We are one of those families who has about 100 ornaments, each with a special meaning or event from our life so it’s pretty fun to go through them each year and add one or two new ones each year as well.” – Jessica B.

“I put all of mine up the day after Thanksgiving!” – Tiffany 

“We put ours up on Black Friday and take it down New Year’s Day. I love when Thanksgiving is early because then we get more time with the tree.” – Jenna 

christmas tree in living room with train

“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 

“Our whole family decorates on Black Friday and I love it!” – Alana

“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 if even if it’s snowed already!” – Sara

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

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But enough about us! What do you think?

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Comments 78

  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.

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