When should you put up your Christmas tree?
That’s a topic of contentious debate in my house right now. I’ve decided that tomorrow is the day – we have an elaborate day out planned, which revolves around choosing a tree from our local Christmas tree farm. But some of my household think it's still too soon to put up the Christmas tree.
‘You can’t put up a Christmas tree until it’s December,’ cried my son, who has apparently read some sort of law book on such things. He also reckons gin-filled Christmas tree baubles aren’t acceptable decorations. Bah, humbug.
Thing is, every single year, Christmas sneaks up on me and takes me by surprise. One minute it’s Halloween and I’m mentally plotting how organised I’m going to be this year. Then all of a sudden it’s the week before Christmas and I’ve left everything till the last minute again. And there is nothing quite as joyless as joining the crowds of other disorganised, stressed-out people thronging the streets and shops in the lead-up to Christmas.
So this year is going to be different. Oh, yes. I’m going to begin a month-long festive celebration that starts on December 1st – and that gives me 12 more days to get my act together. I am determined that the month of December will be stress-free and filled with moments of festive, family fun. Which means having my cards written, my halls decked, and my Christmas tree up while it’s still November.
To be frank, I can’t understand why anyone *wouldn’t* want to put their tree up ‘early’ in November. Why not get your money’s worth from your Christmas tree, for starters? And why not soak up every drop of festive feeling while you can?
So, despite my son’s protestations that it’s too early to put up our Christmas tree, we’ll be having a festive family day out tomorrow, involving Christmas shopping, choosing our tree, indulging in Christmassy treats and hot drinks at a Christmas market as darkness falls so we can ooh and aah at the lights, and then home to decorate the tree together. With Elf on the telly in the background, of course.
But I’d love to hear your thoughts. Is it still too soon to put up a Christmas tree? Or have you had yours up for ages already? Leave us a comment below, come and join the conversation on our Facebook page, and don’t forget to take part in our poll. Don’t let me down, now – I fully intend to show the results to my son to justify the fact that tomorrow is indeed the *perfect* day to put up our Christmas tree…