The best time to put up the Christmas tree and other festive decorations is a topic that is often debated among friends and family. It is clear that everyone has their own opinion and preference on when the decor should come out of the box, but is there really a right time to put up a tree? Here are some little known Christmas decoration etiquette and rules that will finally put an end to this long-standing debate:
Turkey Day Means It’s Too Early
Even the biggest Christmas fan will agree that putting up the Christmas decorations and the tree before Thanksgiving is a big mistake. While there is no specific date on when the tree should be up and filled with all sorts of holiday ornament and lights it is clearly noted that this should never be done before Turkey Day.
With this common rule in place, most people start to bring out their favorite friendship ornament and begin to string up the garlands to go on the tree the day after Thanksgiving.
The Start Of Advent
Since Christmas is celebrated all over the world, but not every country celebrates American Thanksgiving there is another holiday that is used as a marker for putting up the holiday decorations: Advent. Christmas is deeply rooted in religion so it only makes sense for most households to follow the tradition of decorating their homes for Christmas on Advent.
There is no specific date to mark the start of the four-week long Advent season, but it is always held on the first Sunday before Christmas Day of that year. Along with the usual Christmas trees dotted with the best personalized friendship ornament and the festive lights, many families also gather around the Advent wreath as part of their holiday tradition.
Fresh Trees Vs. Plastic Trees
There is another debate on whether to use a real and fresh tree for Christmas or to stick with a plastic tree for the next few weeks. The choice of trees matters because the lifespan of a real tree is only a little over four weeks with proper care. Houses that prefer to decorate a real tree for Christmas are advised to wait at least December 1st to start decorating or the tree will wither and turn brown long before everyone has a chance to gather around it and open their presents.
For homes that prefer the low-maintenance needs of a plastic tree and live outside of the US, by all means, you can start decorating the tree right after Halloween.
It’s All About Tradition
The reason why so many people argue about the best time to put up a tree is because every household has their own set of traditions they follow during the holidays. There is no right and wrong time to start decorating for Christmas as long as it makes you happy. Make the tree decorating and ornament hanging a part of the traditions so that the whole family can get together and make more memories around the tree aside from those made on Christmas morning.
The holiday season is always a season of sharing and caring. With a friendship ornament from Ornaments With Love, make your best buddies feel more special this Christmas!