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When do you start decorating for Christmas? - and when do you take everything down?


5littleladies wrote: We put our tree up and start decorating the day after Thanksgiving. I usually take everything down a day or two after Christmas-I'm usually pretty tired of keeping the cats out of the tree by then. tongue.gif

Zach'sMom I noticed in the calendar that you were going to put your tree up on the 7th. Did you get it up?? smile.gif

ediep replied: we usually put our tree up over thanksgiving weekend, but we are going away this year. It will have to go up the following weekend this year.

I have no idea what we are going to do with our tree to prevent Jason from destroying it!!

MommyToAshley replied: We put ours up after Thanksgiving too. My goal is to take it down after the New Year, but sometimes I am a little late. I am embarassed to say how late I was one year. blush.gif

aspenblue1 replied: I usually put mine up after Thanksgiving and take it down around New Year.

CantWait replied: We'll probably start putting up a couple things this weekend. I'm not going to put much up till I find out whether or not we're going to Toronto this year. A few people on my street already have their lights up.

I take the decorations down the weekend after New Years usually. Tradition in my family, it's badluck to take it down before.

CantWait replied:
awwwww come on tellllllllllll us lol rolling_smile.gif

Maddie&EthansMom replied: We decorate the weekend after Thanksgiving and put away after New Year's.

My MIL used to decorate for Christmas on Halloween and take it down on Valentine's Day!! She had soooooooo much Christmas stuff. You are talking Griswold's. It wasn't classy stuff, either. Needless to say, I am on my own when it comes to Christmas decorations...DH refuses to help after having to put all of his mother's stuff out all those years. LOL! That's okay! I enjoy it! rolling_smile.gif

chloe&tysmommy replied: I will probably put up the tree - beginning of December- and usually it gets all put away in January sometime blush.gif hehe

These kids are going to have a blast this year with the trees ohmy.gif
Dh suggested we buy a 'baby fence' to put around the tree laugh.gif

booey2 replied: We used to put up the tree mid November, but since Thomas was born we have to wait til the first week of December because I really don't want Christmas stuff in his birthday party pictures. I usually take it down around New Years Day.

jem0622 replied: We'll put it up right after Thanksgiving and keep it up until just after the Feast of the Epiphany.

Julie

MomToMany replied: We'll put everything up in the week after Thanksgiving, and take it down around New Year's.

(My mom once kept her live tree up until the following JUNE, decorated and all!!! The thing never died rolling_smile.gif !!!)

MomToJade&Jordan replied: We usually put the tree up after Thanksgiving and take it down after the New Year. I am just curious to see how Jade is with the tree. I am going to have to watch her every second because I know my little curious child is going to be in that tree. rolling_smile.gif

coasterqueen replied: Well, we always put everything out Thanksgiving weekend and take down New Years weekend. This year, I am embarrassed to say that we already put some of our Christmas lights up outside. We did it yesterday becuz it was soooo nice outside and we didn't want to wait until it was freezing cold smile.gif We are going to put up the tree this coming weekend because we are going to toooo busy Thanksgiving weekend to do it then.

Kaitlin'smom replied: usually early dec, but any time after thanksgiving and the down the first of the year, should be interesting with Kailtin this year see what she does with it. tongue.gif

Heather replied: I start right after Turkey Dinner. LOL DH and I bring all the boxes up and I start putting the tree up. I am hoping to get a tree with the lights already on it this year. I would love a real tree but I put it up way to early for it to survive that long. I usually take it down after New Years Day.

Hillbilly Housewife replied:
Ha ha ha...are you kidding? no way.... lol didn't have time or energy... heh

But today I stayed home from work, and cleared out a space in my livbing room... wink.gif

Kirstenmumof3 replied: Well I usually start November first. I just started decorating, trying to ease into things slowly! I always take everything down January first.

Jamison'smama replied: I like to start after Thanksgiving but I came home from my Dallas trip and my DH had surprised me by putting up the lights on the house and setting up the tree--not decorated of course--so I guess I am starting early this year. I am not letting him turn on the outside lights yet--I think it is still too early for that. Maybe I'm wrong though.

Hillbilly Housewife replied:
I'm supposedly Catholic.... but I don't celebrate Christmas because of Christianity, I celebrate it because it's a Holiday that's "in your face" for about 3 months of the year, and EVERYONE in our surroundings are doing the whole gift exchange/dinner/party thing.... it's wierd, but both mine and DH's family are Christian almost to the point of obsessivness...although they respect our decision to not go to church every week, etc...we go to church on special occasions, and that is only because it is expected of us. We do our own thing in our own home... I don't want to start a debate...we completely want to send Zach to Catholic school. If when he is old enough to decide what he wants from religion (if anything) then that will be the time to change our ways. In the meantime, our whole family celebrates Christmas... so it's a little hard for us not to celebrate with them without being the "outcasts".

Before having Zach, "I" didn't celebrate Christmas for 2 years.... but since being with DH, we've gone to his mom's house, and his brother's house... etc...so we've celebrated it one way or the other.

We plan on telling Zach about the origins of Christmas as it is today, as well as the day of the birth of Christ (after all, that is what he'll be taught in school) - with the trees and the gifts and Santa etc.... and THAT is what we will celebrate. After all, Christmas is the Holiday for Children... not "just" the celebration of the "birth of Christ", which had no Santa...kwim? So he can decide what he wants to believe, abnd that is what we will go by...it's hard to say without actually being in that position yet....

We will take it one Holiday at a time.... maybe he'll get too old to "believe"...but no one is ever to old for the excuse of a present.... wink.gif


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