How early is too early to put up your Christmas decorations?

Britain's favourite Christmas carol revealed in a radio poll

Britain's favourite Christmas carol revealed in a radio poll. image: flickr

How early is too early to put up your Christmas decorations?

Are you and overexcited early starter or a wouldn’t bother Scrooge?

With Malaga Christmas lights already being constructed and, last year, many UK venues, including London’s Carnaby Street, putting up their decorations at the beginning of November, we want to know when you think it is too early to put up your Christmas decorations.

One Euro Weekly News staff member even has a friend who already has their Christmas decorations up, it is October 18!

How Early is Too Early?

Depending on which side of the fence you fall, Xmas decorations in October may feel sublime or ridiculous. It is commonplace for most people to put their decorations up anytime from the end of November and into the start of December.

Psychoanalysts have researched the differing opinions and discovered that putting up decorations early can actually increase the level of excitement and anticipation for the big day and also can effect positive change in people’s mood and attitude.

When is the Right Time for a Real Tree?

Firstly, we are not advocating a real tree. It is your personal choice and we are not here to judge your decisions over real or fake decorations, those choices are entirely yours, as is ultimately the decision over when to put up your decorations.

However, if you opt for a live tree The British Christmas Tree Growers Association (BCTGA) does recommend waiting until at least the beginning of December for obvious reasons. If the tree is looked after well then it will last four weeks and see you through until just after New Year.

If you decide to do your decorating now and choose a live tree, then chances are it won’t be looking too fresh come Christmas day.

Traditions to Consider

Tradition does dictate that putting up Christmas decorations, including the tree, should wait until the beginning of the Advent. Advent is the fourth Sunday before Christmas and will fall on Sunday, November 29, this years.

Other people follow a tradition of 12-day before and 12-days after with others opting the tradition of Christmas Eve being used for all decoration.

So What’s Right and What’s Wrong?

Everything, Anything and Nothing.

Ultimately, what you choose to do with your Christmas decorations is up to you. Follow time honoured traditions or make up your own. Provided you are happy, healthy and enjoying the time for family and friends then it’s all good.

However, this year may be distinctly different, the coronavirus pandemic means that we are not sure how Christmas is going to look to previous years. So whenever and whatever you do with your Christmas decorations this year, it may be best to make sure that there is a webcam among them for virtual Christmas parties and dinners.

When do you put up your Christmas decorations and is October too early?

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Chris Kidd

Chris has spent a colourful and varied international career in the Arts followed by a substantial career in Education. Having moved to Spain in 2019 for a different pace and quality of life with his fiancé, he has now taken up a new and exciting role working with the online department of Euro Weekly News. Share your story with us by emailing, by calling +34 951 38 61 61 or by messaging our Facebook page