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How early is too early for holiday decorations?

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Preview Staff
Preview Staff
October 30, 2017

Alyssa: It’s probably too early if someone is decorating for a holiday before the last major holiday ends; decorating for Christmas before Thanksgiving type of thing. But honestly, if seeing holiday decorations in your home or in your office makes you feel happy and gets you in a festive mood, then I would say do whenever you want to.

Ben: Growing up, my mom would water the Christmas tree until June most years. I guess it should probably just have been left up until Christmas again at that point.

Kaitlyn: If you’re putting it up before Halloween, I don’t want to know you.

Kramer: With the new holiday “Christmas in July” really blowing up in the last 20 years, I don’t see a reason to ever take them down.

Peter: To decorate generally anything two weeks before the event is a little bit early for any holiday except for Christmas. But for Christmas it needs to be at least after Thanksgiving. No Christmas music can be played until after Thanksgiving mostly because I have a birthday around that time and I like to celebrate my birthday before Christmas starts.

Debby: October is pretty early. But anytime in November is good. I like to have mine up before the family piles in on Thanksgiving. Then we get to enjoy the holidays.

Kristen: For me it varies by the holiday. I say no Christmas before Thanksgiving in the home. I understand stores need to put the stuff out earlier so we have time to shop. For minor holidays, the week of is early enough. Honestly, I don’t decorate for any holiday but Christmas.

Rose and Paul: About two weeks before Thanksgiving is good. For Christmas, any time after Thanksgiving is good.

Rachel: Anything before Nov. 1 is too early for holiday décor.

Stacy: On the inside of your house, I think people should put decorations out whenever they want to if that puts them in a festive mood. On the outside, put up decorations after Thanksgiving but take them down by the first week in January.

Jennifer: It’s never too early to decorate for Christmas.

Jenniffer: That depends on where you live. When I lived in Alaska, if you didn’t get your Christmas decorations up by Halloween (which usually snowed by then anyway), you blew it and had to decorate in the cold and snow.

Phillip: That’s easy — any time before Thanksgiving.

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