When To Put Up the Christmas Tree?

when to put up christmas treeWhen it comes to the question of when to put up the Christmas tree, there really is no right or wrong answer. The most common tradition though, is to wait till after Thanksgiving to put up your Christmas tree.

If you were to ask a thousand people when they put up their Christmas tree you would probably get answers that range from the day after Thanksgiving to Christmas Eve. You may even find some people who put up their Christmas tree before Thanksgiving.

A Look at Different Traditions of Setting Up Your Christmas Tree

If you are looking for the perfect date to put your tree this holiday season you are only going to find it by looking at what works best for you and your family.

In our family we have the tradition of putting up the tree the day after Thanksgiving, but for some people this may not work because they are out of town, working, or maybe that is just too early for them to celebrate Christmas. The weekend after Thanksgiving is also a very popular time for setting up the tree.

Another popular tradition is to put the tree up on December 1st as a lot of people consider the first day of December the start of the Christmas season. This may be an option for you if you can stand having your tree up for over 3 weeks and you are ready to put it up at that point.

Then you have the people who randomly pick a certain day they have free a few weeks before Christmas and make that the day to decorate their Christmas tree. Or some people have a certain day they do it ever year but the day really isn’t significant to anyone else but them. For example, I know someone who always puts their tree up on December 11 because it is a nice and even 2 exact weeks til Christmas day.

Lastly, you have the tradition of putting up your actual tree or buying a real one a week or two before Christmas but not decorating it until Christmas Eve. This is actually a pretty common tradition even though it may sound silly to some people to have an undecorated Christmas tree in your home for over a week or so.

It has just recently become popular to put up your tree weeks before Christmas instead of on Christmas Eve. If you were to ask some people of the older generation in their 70’s and older you would probably find that most of them as a kid didn’t put up their tree until Christmas Eve.

My answer to when to put up the Christmas tree is whenever you want (within reason). If you want to put it up the day after Thanksgiving, then go ahead and start that tradition with your family. Or choose a day anytime in December that sounds good to you.

Of course when you do decide when to put up your Christmas tree, do keep in mind that a live tree is going to be different than an artificial one. With an artificial one you can put it up whenever you please but if you buy a real one for your home it will only last so long so keep and you will be picking up pine needles all the time so keep that in mind if you plan on getting it early.

When do you put up your Christmas tree?


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