When Should you Start Decorating

By Ashley Chapmen

In Decoration
Nov 26th, 2015

If you adore the holidays as much as I do you cannot wait to get to decorating each year. In fact, you try to wait as long as you can before you start decorating, but it seems as if each year you start decorating a little sooner. Many people including myself cannot wait for Christmas to come around again to have the chance to put up the Christmas tree, decorate the home, and cook fabulous food. Christmas is such a magical time of year that decorating to celebrate a wondrous moment is exciting and fun no matter what your age is. So, when should you start decorating for the holidays?

There is no predefined law or day that you must wait for before you start decorating. A lot of people do wait until after Thanksgiving to start decorating for Christmas. While some people like to have their Christmas decorations up at Thanksgiving. October and November is a great time to start thinking about your holiday decorations and making plans for what it is you want to do this year. I like to take the month of November to start making decorations for the holiday season. I work on my wreath, any cut outs or handcrafted ornaments, greenery, candles, and such.

It is not a bad idea to go ahead and hang your wreath before Thanksgiving and leave it up until after Christmas. Some people like to have two different wreaths one that is suited specifically for Thanksgiving and another created just for Christmas. I like to do two different wreaths because you can be a little more creative and personalize them according to the holiday you are celebrating.

As the weather starts to turn colder, it is a great time to start making candles if you are making them yourself. Even crafting your other decorations is a great idea as well. While the weather is colder and activities outside are more restricted you can take to preparing for your decorations. I like to take the first few weeks to decorate candles, make bouquets, snowflakes, and other small projects. I find it also helps with the final decorations because I have so much of it already finished.

For Thanksgiving, I start decorating the first week of November only because I know the days leading up to the holiday I will be preparing the food. I work slowly on the decorations as to not consume my time with just decorations for the holiday season. The first task I work on is the wreath and any outdoor decorations I want to have. Then, I turn to the inside of the home where I craft the decorations and put the finished look together.

Christmas decorations begin as soon as Thanksgiving is over for us. I am a firm believer in putting up the Christmas tree as soon as possible if it is an artificial Christmas tree. For real live Christmas trees I wait until no more than a week before Christmas to put it up only to ensure safety and freshness. The first two weeks of December is the best time to turn your home into a winter wonderland because this is normally the time snow would begin to fall. Putting up outside lights requires time and of course help which is why it is safer to begin the first part of December while it is cold, but not icy outside. Consider your location and how soon snow or ice will begin to fall to determine exactly when decorations should start going up.

The is no predetermined date all of your decorations need to be done. Take some time starting early on before the holiday season to begin decorating. It is always best to have a plan in place to help you with your decorations and crafting needs. After all the holiday season is supposed to be a fun joyous time, why not make decorating fun too? Do you have a specific time of year you begin decorating for the holidays? I typically start my Christmas decorations right after Thanksgiving. Be sure to let us know what time of year you believe people should start decorating.

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