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The School of Etiquette

When should I put up my Christmas tree?

Your Etiquette Questions Answered: YEQA

If you’ve ever asked the question: “I never really know when to officially put up my Christmas tree and?”

Then here’s our response:

Christmas tree

There’s no hard and fast rule as to when you need to put up your Christmas tree.

Having said that, Christmas trees seem to be going up earlier with each passing year.

There’s a number of contributing factors for this trend, from the ever-increasing consumerism and commercialisation that now surrounds the festive period, to the fact that it’s common practice for Americans to put up their trees and decorate their homes before they celebrate Thanksgiving, which happens before the end of November.


However, because of globalisation and the increased use of social media, many people outside the U.S are seeing Americans put up their trees before Thanksgiving and are now following suit.

This is okay if you’re using an artificial tree, but if you get a real Christmas tree, (which is still very popular in Britain), then you might want to put your tree up a little later, to ensure the tree survives until Christmas Day.

Nevertheless, since Christmas is predominantly a Christian celebration/ holiday period, many Christians decorate their homes at the beginning of advent.

Advent starts four Sundays before Christmas, so that tends to be the 1st Sunday of Dec.

Other people choose to follow the long-standing tradition of waiting until a couple of days before Christmas, even up to Christmas Eve before their trees go up, to usher in the start of the 12 Days of Christmas.

Ultimately, different families/ cultures have diverse practices, perspectives and preferences as to when the tree should go up and you just need to decide whether you want to go with tradition, what’s currently trending or if you want to start a tradition of your own.

Whenever you decide to decorate your home, remember it’s a joyous season to not only reflect on the gift of love, but also enjoy good quality time with those around you.

Don’t get bogged down with the technicalities and simply go with what works well for you.

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