When Do You Decorate for Christmas?

  1. I'm just curious, because this is the first year in my memory that we have not put up our decorations the day after Thanksgiving. We chose to wait an extra week because our January electric bills tend to be ENORMOUS (over $500 one year!!:uhoh21: ) and we estimated that we could save probably at least $75-100 if we didn't put up the lights until the first week in December.

    It's harder to do than I thought, though......we live in an area where people often decorate even BEFORE Thanksgiving, and by the end of the long holiday weekend most of the people who are going to do so, have already done it. The neighbors on either side of us put theirs up yesterday; several folks down the road had theirs out on Thanksgiving night. My grandson goes nuts over the Christmas light screensaver on my computer, and I can hardly stand it---I want to see his expression when we get the real ones up!! I mean, we have thousands and thousands of them........there's 1000 of the mini's on our indoor tree, which is 7 1/2 feet tall, and we add five strings of the C-7's. And that's just the tree........we also have lights around the windows, another tree that we string with lights outside, snowflake lights that you stick in the ground, and the big C-9's that go around the house and garage.

    No, it's not quite the Griswold house in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, but pretty close:chuckle And I must confess: I did put up a couple strings of lights around the big picture window yesterday. And a big lighted Star of Bethlehem in the dining-room window. And a fresh wreath on the front door that I decorated with shiny ornaments and a huge plaid bow.

    So, when do you all decorate for the holidays, and what do you use? Inquiring minds want to know........
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  2. 30 Comments

  3. by   babynurselsa
    I started Thanksgiving night. I MAKE myself wait until then. I love going overboard decoration for all the holidays. I have crates of Easter, halloween,and Christmas decorations. The kids love it and so do I.
    In fact the 4 year old and I just got up from teh Dining room table where we were making some sponge paint decorations. I am going to brave Hobby Lobby in a few to go get some more stuff.
  4. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Already did. Weather is good, so dh and ds put the lights on our house and the tree was done yesterday. BRING IT ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  5. by   jnette




    OK.. I was just waiting for this thread.. and I knew just WHO was going to start it !!! :chuckle


    Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeere we GO, folks ! If you haven't felt like decorating yet, all it takes is to read Marla's excitement, and I warn you, it's CATCHING !!!

    You'll find yourself WANTING to get started whether you had planned to or not !!!

    Thanx to reading her posts LAST year on this, I started a whole week earlier than I used to.. she just got me all in excited WITH her, and next thing I knew, I was dragging up the boxes from the basement !!!
  6. by   Tweety
    After Thanksgiving, whenever time allows. Usually the first week of December.
  7. by   Fun2, RN, BSN
    Usually right after Thanksgiving.

    We put the tree & lights on the tree right before Thanksgiving this year, but it's not fully decorated yet.

    Outside lights....who knows when they will get up. lol
  8. by   live4today
    When the girls were growing up, we always put up the tree the weekend before our second dd's birthday. She was born on the 10th of December, so it was only fitting that we have that tree up for every single birthday of hers. I let the kids string cranberries, popcorn, and place those with candy canes on the tree. They would always make a few of their own ornaments to place on the tree, too. We had artificial trees most years because of my allergy to the pine. Hachoo!!! Leave it to me to spoil everything. Some years we bought the pine tree anyway, and I suffered through it because I'm the one who loved the REAL Christmas Tree anyway. Don't think the kids dad minded one bit. After they all left home, I RARELY put up a tree at all. Guess I need to get back into putting up a tree for myself, huh. :uhoh21: I have always had nativity scenes that I put out on the tables after the kids left home. However, I do recall buying a prelighted table top tree one year. Throughout all my many moves, almost ALL of my Christmas items were taken by movers. :angryfire Hope they are enjoying them still. Some came from Germany, too. Those were very nice!
  9. by   Spidey's mom
    As soon as dh has the time to head up to 7000 feet and pick out the perfect tree.

    I like waiting pretty close to Christmas though . ..

    steph
  10. by   VivaLasViejas
    Quote from jnette




    OK.. I was just waiting for this thread.. and I knew just WHO was going to start it !!! :chuckle


    Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeere we GO, folks ! If you haven't felt like decorating yet, all it takes is to read Marla's excitement, and I warn you, it's CATCHING !!!

    You'll find yourself WANTING to get started whether you had planned to or not !!!

    Thanx to reading her posts LAST year on this, I started a whole week earlier than I used to.. she just got me all in excited WITH her, and next thing I knew, I was dragging up the boxes from the basement !!!


    Jnette, you are too funny!!

    I told myself I wasn't gonna do this so early this year. I told myself I was going to be adult about all this Christmas business. But it wasn't too long after Eli was born this summer that I started getting excited about the holidays, and then the other night when I was sitting in front of the computer with him on my lap, he burst out with this spate of baby commentary on the scene in front of him---just a close-up of Christmas lights on a section of a tree---and his eyes were just HUGE! He stared at the screen for at least 15 solid minutes........when did you ever see a 3 1/2- month-old with that kind of attention span? And last night, when I was stringing lights around the picture window in the living room, he stopped fussing, grinned, and said something like "Gooblgydingaflobbits!", thereby demonstrating his approval of the display.

    Oh, and it doesn't hurt that I've bought him upwards of a dozen presents already.:chuckle

    For the mathematically minded, I put it this way: Me + Christmas=instant 8-year-old.:imbar I can't help it........believe me, I've tried to be grown-up about all of this, but I just can't. Heck, I still watch all the old Christmas shows that have been on TV every holiday season for over 40 years.....I haven't missed "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" since it first came on in 1964, and something tells me I'm not going to start now.:chuckle
  11. by   jnette
    Quote from mjlrn97
    . My grandson goes nuts over the Christmas light screensaver on my computer, and I can hardly stand it---I want to see his expression when we get the real ones up!!
    Marla.. do you have a link to your Christmas lights screensaver? Do they blink on and off. etc.? I'd like to "decorate" my puter that way. You can fimd some beautiful Christmas photos at Webshots to download as screensavers or wallpaper, but I'd like something also that puts a string of lights around the screen.. something like that.
  12. by   VivaLasViejas
    Quote from jnette
    Marla.. do you have a link to your Christmas lights screensaver? Do they blink on and off. etc.? I'd like to "decorate" my puter that way. You can fimd some beautiful Christmas photos at Webshots to download as screensavers or wallpaper, but I'd like something also that puts a string of lights around the screen.. something like that.
    I think this one came from www.christmascorner.com. I downloaded quite a few and saved them because I like to change 'em pretty often, but I've had this one on since before Thanksgiving since Eli likes it so much.

    It's not a string of lights around the screen, it's just a picture of real mini-lights......they're really colorful, and of course Elijah's love of bright lights comes from me.....
  13. by   BabyRN2Be
    We started yesterday but it's been a slow going. This is the first year of celebrating Christmas together in the same house for my husband and I. It's been a slow process. We have a small 3' tree in our bedroom, we bought a $40 tree (and it looks like it :uhoh21 from Wal-Mart for the living room. Since my mom bought us a bunch of ornaments both this year and last, we've been having a hard time trying to find where they went! Mom also gave us some lights that look and twinkle like candles which we've had on our tree for years, however, they are broken and we can't use them. They don't make them anymore.

    What have we accomplished so far? Well, the bedroom tree that belonged to Steve's parents is up and looks OK.

    I have some candles in the windows, and some bells on all the doors along with the Christmas knick-knacks I've been able to find.

    Hopefully as soon as my husband gets back we'll get back to it. I hope that this gets done soon. For some reason I'm a little down. Maybe it's all the changes of the last year and it's really become apparent for the holidays? I hope that whatever it is it goes away soon because I really want to enjoy this first Christmas with my husband.
  14. by   live4today
    Quote from babyrn2be
    we started yesterday but it's been a slow going. this is the first year of celebrating christmas together in the same house for my husband and i. it's been a slow process..................................hopefully as soon as my husband gets back we'll get back to it. i hope that this gets done soon. for some reason i'm a little down. maybe it's all the changes of the last year and it's really become apparent for the holidays? i hope that whatever it is it goes away soon because i really want to enjoy this first christmas with my husband.
    hang in there baby! keep your chin up! :icon_hug:stay encouraged...things always get better eventually. you and dh are on my prayer list. :kiss

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