Traditionally Roman Catholics put up their tree and decorations on Christmas Eve but with the festive spirit kicking in that bit earlier every year, when to put up your Christmas decorations has become a hazy question.
Some people will embrace the festive delight nearly a month in advance of Christmas Day.
Considering the sheer effort that goes into either buying a tree and hauling it home or the hours spent digging through boxes in your loft looking for your decorations you will want to make the most of it. Some feel that the appropriate time to put up your Christmas tree is at the beginning of Advent which is the religious name for the period coming up to Christmas. Advent covers the four Sundays before Christmas and this year will begin on December 2nd.
There is also the option of waiting until 12 days before Christmas to put up your tree, this means December 13 will be the day you turn your home into a magical Christmas wonderland. There are suggestions that one could wait until the third Sunday of Advent to put up your tree which would be preferable for those who are going to buy the real deal.
December 6 is also a common day chosen to put up one’s Christmas Tree as it is in honour of Saint Nicholas.
For those who want to have their tree up for a considerable amount of time but also lead busy lives, then the second Saturday in December might be the day for you. Basically, there is no right or wrong answer, although December 2nd seems to be the earliest accepted time to get the tree into the house.
(That is unless you are American and you put up your Christmas tree straight after Thanksgiving which falls on November 23 – so really, you just can’t go wrong.)
So, who is putting their Christmas tree up today?
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