Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree, When Should I put you up?

Now that it’s November, there is a very important question to be asked: When should the Christmas tree be put up?  There are 4 types of people when it comes to Christmas decor: the people who put it up on November 1st, the people who put it up Thanksgiving day/the day after, people who wait until December, and the ones who leave it up all year long. 

The earliest to set up would be the “November Netlers”. These people like to throw Fall out the window the second Halloween’s over. No Thanksgiving for them, just nestling down and cuddling with a loved one by the fireplace, while the Christmas lights cheerfully glow on the tree. They definitely think Christmas is the best holiday and that it needs to be celebrated for more than a month. It is, after all, the most wonderful time of the year!

Waiting just a little longer to set up their Winter Wonderland is the “Thanks-Christmas” group. These people try to wait at least until Thanksgiving, although their Autumn feast is more like a Christmas dinner practice run. Eating Thanksgiving food while watching a Christmas movie isn’t an odd thing to do for these guys. If they haven’t done it already, the thought of setting up the tree after supper is definitely the highlight of their day.

Next up is the “Cozy Christmas Club”. Thanksgiving was good, but it’s time to move on to bigger and better things. These guys like to stick to tradition, getting the family together on the night of December 1st and decorating the tree as they watch a classic Christmas movie. They’re most likely sipping on delicious hot chocolate and eating tasty, festive cookies.  They finish off this celebration by reading The Night Before Christmas, and set up their cute (probably Pinterest-inspired, or Target-bought) countdown blocks, excitedly awaiting the 25th. 

Thanksgiving? What’s that? The last of the four would be the “Christmas Cray-Crays”. They start out as “November Nestlers”, but a few weeks into January, the tree still stands. St. Patty’s day rolls around, and it’s colorful lights are glowing brighter than ever. Soon it’s the 4th of July, and they have given Christmas in July a whole new meaning. Sometimes the decor on the tree changes to match the holidays, or they are so obsessed with Christmas that it stays the same red and green. But sometimes they are just so incredibly lazy that it gets to the point where they think to themselves, “What’s the point? I’m just going to have to set it back up in a few months anyways.”

After reading this, out of all these categories, where do you think you belong? No matter which category you are in, or when you start to celebrate, the Clarion hopes you have a Merry Christmas season!