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Old 11-19-2012, 07:53 PM   #16
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Usually decorate the weekend after Thanksgiving. I did pull all the stuff out of the attic today, and put it in the empty spare room so I could get it organized though. I even have the trees together in the spare room so they have time to get unsquashed and I can go adjust the limbs to look the way I want them to look. We will decorate the trees and the rest of the house Friday and Saturday. My DS6 found the Christmas train, so he set it up and has been playing with it all day.
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Old 11-19-2012, 07:59 PM   #17
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I won't do decorating until after Thanksgiving.

I'll have to squeeze it in somehow. I will need to make space in the dining room first for the portable bar because it normally sits where the Christmas tree goes. That means the dining room needs to be cleaned and straightened up first. LOL

I also need to buy 4 pretty non-lighted 24 inch wreaths. I've been looking but all the wreaths I've seen have either had lights or been too small. I can't do real pine since I'm allergic.
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Old 11-19-2012, 08:03 PM   #18
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Our tree and a couple of Christmas arrangements are out. This weekend my daughter and I are having a Pinterest party. One of the crafts we've planned is to make mesh wreaths so our wreath goes up Sat. night after the party. We'll put out more Christmas stuff each day this week so the house will be decorated in time for the party.
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Old 11-19-2012, 08:05 PM   #19
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We usually have an artificial tree but this year, my husband and I are thinking about getting a real tree since our tree needs to be replaced this year.

Is it too early to put a real tree up the weekend after Thanksgiving? If so, when would the earliest time be?
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Old 11-19-2012, 08:11 PM   #20
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I may put our tree up on Wednesday. I'm thinking of doing an all Disney tree this year.
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Old 11-19-2012, 08:11 PM   #21
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They're not even selling trees here yet!
Home Depot already had cut trees this past weekend.

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We do our outside decorations the first weekend in December. Our neighbor put all her outside ones up last weekend and wow is it festive! LOL I mean every square inch of yard seems to be covered. I'm sure the kids love it and I'm for any and all decorations and getting into the spirit.
Can you give me the address so I can drive by and egg the neighbor's house?

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Old 11-19-2012, 08:14 PM   #22
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OK, this is a first for me. I am just not in the mood for Christmas but the kids are so I let my 11 year old put my tree together yesterday while I was gone. I am normally so OCD about how it is done so this was BIG! I really expected to come home only to find it still in the box, but to my surprise he had it all put together.

Looking back I wish I had made a few pictures because there were a few limbs placed in the wrong spot and it looked hilarious! I was just so proud that he tried! We made a few adjustments and it is close enough to perfect to me so I am letting it go. This Christmas will be forever known as the Christmas that Michael put the tree up!
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Old 11-19-2012, 08:21 PM   #23
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We usually have an artificial tree but this year, my husband and I are thinking about getting a real tree since our tree needs to be replaced this year.

Is it too early to put a real tree up the weekend after Thanksgiving? If so, when would the earliest time be?
IMO, yes, it's too early to put up a real tree the weekend after Thanksgiving. Especially this year with T-giving being the earliest it can be. There's still another week of November after TG. Wait until December 1 at the earliest.

I'm sure the majority to real trees were cut in late October/early November. But putting them up inside so early might really dry them out before Xmas.

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Old 11-19-2012, 08:41 PM   #24
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My tree is usually the last bit of decorating we do. I put up my Christmas village in the last week and today got out my Christmas dishes (I pack my everyday dishes away for the season). After Thanksgiving we will get out the outdoor decorations and some other indoor things I have. We get a live tree so I usually wait a bit to put it up. Often we don't even get it until the first or second weekend in December and put it up sometime after that. We do have another tree that is artificial and goes up in our gameroom downstairs. It will go up with the other indoor decorations after Thanksgiving.

It seems in the last few years that many people are decorating earlier and earlier. A few years ago you never saw anyone with anything on before Thanksgiving. I was just out with my daughter and in a 10 mile drive we saw at least 5 homes with the trees up in the front windows and many more house with the outside decorations up and on. I love the way it looks, but it does seem to crowd out Thanksgiving a bit.
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Old 11-19-2012, 08:48 PM   #25
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We usually have an artificial tree but this year, my husband and I are thinking about getting a real tree since our tree needs to be replaced this year.

Is it too early to put a real tree up the weekend after Thanksgiving? If so, when would the earliest time be?
One year I put our tree up the day after Halloween. It had been a really tough year and we needed the cheer.
That is not too early. If you need ornaments and wait until then to buy them, the pickings might be scarce.
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Old 11-19-2012, 08:51 PM   #26
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I'm trying to talk my wife out of putting a tree up this year. We're spending Christmas Day at Epcot and they have lots of trees.
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Old 11-19-2012, 08:51 PM   #27
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We will be putting our up this week. All the older kids will be home from college or grown up life and our 15 yr old wants everyone to participate. I think we might end up purchasing on Wed and putting up on Thanksgiving eve.
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Old 11-19-2012, 09:58 PM   #28
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I usually start decorating the house November 1. I have a LOT of decorations all over the house. Even the bathroom doesn't escape. It took me a few days to get all the decorations done. Since I didn't have electricity during Sandy for 17 hours, I got a lot of decorating done. On the 10th, my son put up my prelit artificial tree for me and I decorated all of it by myself except the very top. I couldn't reach it without climbing and that is a NONO for me. My son came back this past Saturday and did the top of the tree for me. I had a few things to put under the tree and I'm done.

I am also done Christmas shopping and wrapping presents. The only thing left is Christmas cards and baking. I've been listening to Christmas music since November 1 too.

I leave my tree up until the middle of January. The house looks so empty and dark after I put everything away. But then I can get out the Valentine decorations.
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Old 11-19-2012, 10:23 PM   #29
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Yep we put ours up this weekend. I am so excited as it's a retro aluminum tree from the 50's that I found on Ebay a few months ago. It's all sparkly and shiny and brings back fond memories from childhood. I'm loving it!!
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Old 11-20-2012, 12:40 AM   #30
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This year I am getting a small tabletop tree. It will be hung from the ceiling. It's the only thing I can think to do to keep my one cat from destroying it.

He pulls all the ornaments off the tree, even while we are decorating it. We no longer put any of my beautiful glass ornaments on it, just ugly plastic and fabric ones.

He climbs and sits in it until there is a gapping hole around the entire circumference. We can't get a real one, he'll eat it.

I'm going to dress him up as the Grinch.
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