The question of when to put up your Christmas tree will differ from family to family and sometimes even from year to year. If you can’t decide when to tackle the tree, here are some of the most popular times people choose to deck the halls.
The Day After Halloween
Yes, you read that correctly. The newest trend in holiday decorating is to put up your Christmas tree the day after Halloween.
It’s not unusual to see people driving around during the Black Friday sales with a Christmas tree strapped to the top of their car. While this may seem too soon to put up your Christmas tree, with proper care and maintenance a Christmas tree can last from Thanksgiving well into the New Year.
Let Thanksgiving Be Your Guide
A growing number of people put up their Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving. Others cap off a Thanksgiving weekend spent stuffing themselves with tasty food and shopping till exhaustion by putting up their tree. In fact, Thanksgiving weekend is such a popular time to put up your Christmas tree that it has become the most common time in the U.S. to put up a Christmas tree.
Celebration of Advent
If you celebrate Advent you may want to put up your Christmas tree on the first day of the celebration. Advent begins the 4th Sunday before Christmas.
The arrival of the first of December signals the start of the Christmas season for many. What better reflection of your growing Christmas spirit than to put up your Christmas tree on December 1st?
St. Nicholas Day
You could choose to put up your Christmas tree on St. Nicholas Day which is held on December 6. Although St. Nicholas Day isn’t celebrated much in the U.S., in other countries it is an extremely popular feast day and a time when a great many families trim the tree.
Also known as the Feast of Christmas, Christmas Eve was traditionally the time when Roman Catholics put up their Christmas tree and other festive decorations. Why wait until Christmas Eve to put up your Christmas tree? Since Christmas isn’t until December 25, it was believed putting up decorations early took away some of the anticipation and joy of the day. Up until about 60 years ago, Christmas Eve was the day when most families trimmed the tree and decorated for Christmas in the U.S.
The Christmas tree began in 16th century in Germany. In those days, families trimmed the tree on Christmas Day as a celebration of the birth of Jesus, akin to having a birthday party for someone with a cake. Some families still choose to wait until Christmas Day to put up their Christmas tree. They feel it helps them to make the celebration of the birth of Jesus more special. If you choose to put up your Christmas tree on December 25, you will definitely be in the minority though and probably won’t have much luck in finding a real tree if that is your preference.
The 12 Days of Christmas
The 12 days of Christmas isn’t just a catchy holiday song, there is a real tradition behind the ditty. The 12 days of Christmas is a time of celebration lasting from December 25 until January 5. January 5 is also known as Twelfth Night. Some people who put up their Christmas tree on December 25 follow the tradition of the 12 days of Christmas, or Twelfth Night, and spend January 5 having parties to officially close out the Christmas season. Most of these families take down their Christmas tree on the Epiphany which is January 6. January 6 is sometimes called Little Christmas. This tradition has evolved somewhat with some families putting up their tree 12 days before Christmas and leaving it up for 12 days after Christmas.
Play It By Ear
Still others choose to put up their Christmas tree when the holiday spirit moves them. Their tree may go up at different times close to Christmas. Some may put up their Christmas tree the first week of December or the second week or it may all depend on their work schedule, children’s school schedule or activities or trips the family has planned. People celebrating both Christmas and Hanukkah may wait until they have celebrated one celebration with family before putting up their Christmas tree.
St. Nicholas Day