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Old 11-20-2012, 01:05 AM   #31
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Ours went up the weekend after Halloween. It's so dark here, and the lights are so pretty . . .
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Old 11-20-2012, 05:22 AM   #32
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We don't do our tree this early, because we usually get a real one, but I secretly took a few boxes of other decorations out of the attic yesterday, so I can start on those at the crack of dawn Friday morning! If it's nice tomorrow, I may put up the outdoor lights as well, to take advantage of the weather, and just not turn them on until Friday.
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Old 11-20-2012, 05:27 AM   #33
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I know it is a bit early, but Saturday I went ahead and put the tree together an it is sitting there in the living room. I am going to wait until Thursday to put any decorations on it. I figure that is a good Thanksgiving night activity.
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Old 11-20-2012, 07:04 AM   #34
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The tree is up, and the kids decorated it last night. The box with my angel (and a few other things) has gone missing though, so I will be tearing the garage apart today!
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Old 11-20-2012, 07:49 AM   #35
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We buy a real tree every year at the high school marching band's tree sale. They haven't started selling yet. We usually wait until the middle of December to buy and put up our tree.
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Old 11-20-2012, 08:03 AM   #36
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In the past I have always waited until the weekend following Thanksgiving to decorate the house put up the tree but I decided not to wait this year.

Yesterday I babysit my almost-4-year-old DGD so she and I got started on the decorating. She loved helping and she did a great job!

I still have a lot to do and will work on it today and hopefully finish tomorrow.

We will put up the tree on Saturday.
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Old 11-20-2012, 08:12 AM   #37
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I put up our outdoor decorations the weekend before last. I couldn't resist as the temps were in the upper 60's for 2 days before dropping back into the 40's.

I haven't lit them up yet other than to test.

Inside we finished decorating this weekend as we are going away for T-giving and didn't want to deal with it when we got back.
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Old 11-20-2012, 08:46 AM   #38
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Originally Posted by kathie859 View Post
My crazy neighbor up the street who has his tree in the window, the lights on the house, Christmas wreath on the door---all lit up!

Oh, and the pumpkins and corn stalks on the porch and by the light post

It's an eccentric look for sure
yeah..we've got a nutty neighbor like that..they still have the halloween blow ups inflated, right next to a big snow globe of the Nativity, kind of tacky!!

as for me.. the decorating stars the day after Thanksgiving.. the trees are usually the last things I do..we normally put up a big one, a medium one and a small one, , but we have 3 new cats in our family now, who are only 7 months old, and they may do a lot of damage, do debating on just putting up 1 tree, lol!

I did put the outdoor lights up when we had an unusually warm November weekend 2 weeks ago, but I don't turn them on till Dec 1'st
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Old 11-20-2012, 09:08 AM   #39
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I have a small 4 foot tree that sits on an end table. I waxed the floor (that is a major job for me and takes several hours because I can only do a small area at a time before I am in major pain.) I moved the furniture a little. I set the tree on the table and cleared it off. I have put away other "stuff" to make ready. I bought the new candles for the Advent Wreath and made a plan for my devotions when I light each candle. I freshened up the tree that goes ourside my front door, got the garland out for the balcony, fixed a tiny 1 foot tree for my bedroom, fixed my centerpiece and ironed the tablecloth. Now all I have to do is put the decorations in place, put the backing on the quilts I am making for my daughter, sister, nephews, and a good friend--wrap them and enjoy the season of anticipation!
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Old 11-20-2012, 09:18 AM   #40
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I've started inside. I've got my tree up in my office and the other small one up at the end of the hall. The big one will go up Thursday night when DH is home to help! I've put up some of the other decor, as well. The outside stuff will go up this weekend, again, when DH is home to help. (The outside is still decorated for thanksgiving.)

It does feel early, but doing stuff the week of thanksgiving is our tradition, so up it goes.
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Old 11-20-2012, 09:22 AM   #41
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Old 11-20-2012, 09:31 AM   #42
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Only thing I've done is put up outside lights, because the weather has been so mild. They won't be plugged in until Thanksgiving (or the day after, if I forget).

No decorating until after Thanksgiving. It's a rule in my house.

We always get a real tree, so that won't be for a few weeks, yet.

Since I'll be alone for most of this upcoming weekend, I may put out some odds and ends. Though most of my stuff is more winter (snowmen, etc) than strictly Christmas.
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Old 11-20-2012, 09:42 AM   #43
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Ours is up and the outside is done. I still have some more Christmas china to get washed and put out and I need to find a replacement piece for the yard. I have a gap from where a decoration went bad. I am having trouble finding one that I will love.

I wish we could get a real tree, but my son is too allergic.
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Old 11-20-2012, 09:53 AM   #44
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The outside of the home is decorated and ready to turn on (it's understated and tasteful per the neighborhood's culture, much to our chagrin as we'd like to do something more akin to the Osborne Lights!) and while we're in WDW this week our housekeeper, who is house sitting for us, will bring up all the boxes of decorations that I took out of storage in the basement before we left (we have, seriously, about 20 crates of Christmas decorations that we put up, plus five crates of ornaments and 24 "Christmas Village houses" in their own boxes).

We put up two live and three artificial trees in our home and two of the three artificials are already in their intended destinations (DD's and DS's bedrooms) due to their excitement with the third artificial to be brought up when I get home (it's 12 feet tall so too large for the housekeeper to carry without hurting herself).

The two live trees are ordered and will be delivered on Saturday before we get home that evening, so we'll dig right into decorating on Sunday morning when we wake up.

We love the holidays in our family and love to decorate, so we cannot wait to get started! It's such a warm and snuggly time of year!!!
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Old 11-20-2012, 12:29 PM   #45
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Our Thanksgiving celebration is Wednesday, fake tree goes up Thursday. Our tree is pretty big, and we have loads of ornaments so it's a pretty big task.
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