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When Does Your Family Put Up the Christmas Tree?

It's an argument that ranks right up there with what part of the turkey is prime meat.

Over the years our family tradition as to when the Christmas tree must be in place has, shall we say - evolved.

In our early married years, we were purists and wouldn’t dream of tree trimming before Christmas Eve, but the years passed and slowly we gave in to the clamor of children. First we relented to the week before Christmas, then to the beginning of Advent and finally to our current line in the shifting sand, Thanksgiving.

Now the tradition at Plummer Manse is to work off the Thanksgiving feast by hauling out the decorations and arguing the evening away over whether the tree lights are evenly distributed, ornaments hung properly and which nativity set we will feature this season.

Another reason for the tree creep at our home is that we also evolved away from live (cedar only please) trees to the more "durable" (as in thousand year half-life plastic) artificial variety.

This year our Christmas tradition has been reinvigorated by two of our grandchildren who are in residence while their dad is overseas with his Army unit. With joyous enthusiasm they made quick work of the tree decorations and soon were lobbying for additional trips to the attic for garlands, nativities and the somewhat squashed silk poinsettia table decorations.

But whether your preference is for live or artificial, early or last-minute, tree traditions define Christmas for many families. So, as I sit in the glow of our tree I wish you a Merry Christmas from our home to yours.

Tell us about your holiday decorating traditions.

Anna Varela December 02, 2011 at 11:45 PM
Some people have found that the trees this year are dry and dropping needles fast. Have you seen a problem this year with the quality of fresh cut trees?
Anna Cristina December 03, 2011 at 09:11 AM
back in 50s/60s/70s parents put live tree up about week before christmas and kept it up till new years. now we're more often putting it up 2/3 weeks before. have a merry christmas and happy holidays!
M Jackson December 03, 2011 at 04:11 PM
For at least 20 years, I always chose the 10th of December as my day to send the cards and put up the tree. I would get the cards ready ahead of time and actually send them that day. We always had a live tree so we couldn't put it up much before then without risking it drying out. i had some trying times a couple of years ago and just couldn't find the time for the traditional hunt for the perfect tree so I bought a fake one, pre-lit. It looks so great and is so easy to put up I now have started decorating the day after Thanksgiving. Given the dangers of Black Friday I've decided that's a better tradition to pass on than getting trampled at Walmart. Plus I get to enjoy the season that much longer!

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