I'm in the middle between you two gentlemen. When the children were small we usually put it up on the second Sunday of Advent, but now that they are grown, I find myself putting it up closer and closer to Christmas. And, I try to leave it up until Epiphany if it hasn't dried out too much...that's my motivation for delaying the set-up closer to Christmas. Personally, I like the Polish custom of putting it up on Christmas Eve and keeping it up until Feb. 2nd...that makes more sense. Also the custom of not singing CHRISTMAS carols until CHRISTMAS makes more sense to me. In the US the season ends right after Christmas. At least the Church begins it's celebration then and I get to savor it there for the duration and ignore what those around me are doing. Plus I always leave my manger set (creche) up until Feb. 2nd.
I always decorate and put up the tree the weekend after Thanksgiving like Mike. I usually take it down New Years Day or the weekend after. My mother always says that it's bad luck for the new year to take it down before Jan 1st, so that's the earliest it comes down. I'm not superstious, it's just gotten to be habit, passed down tradition from my mother.
We also put up our tree and other holiday decorations the weekend after Thanksgiving. The kids love to help, so it is nice to do this over a three-day weekend.
This is the first year that my younger son didn't hang groups of ornaments together on a few branches. I couldn't figure out what he was doing last year until it finally occurred to me - he was "grouping like objects", a skill that they worked on extensively at his preschool. So one branch had all candy cane ornaments, one all snowflakes, another all nutcrackers, etc. It was very funny!
We put ours up on the14th many people here put them up on the 1st some times its like a decoration war with neighbours competing who has the biggest outdoor lights i will try and take some pictures if i get chance.We usually buy a real tree last year it cost £15 tree & £2 for wooden base this year same tree £22.50 plastic base £4.50 so we got an artficial one from a shop for £6.50 no contest
Not at all it was just convienient for me and my wife in the UK decorations are just that the majaortiy of people over here just celebrate the commercial side of christmas me included its a bit sad really but this is how we are raised and change is hard the church has a hard time over here.
the majaortiy of people over here just celebrate the commercial side of christmas me included its a bit sad really but this is how we are raised and change is hard the church has a hard time over here.
I understand what you mean, Franciszek. The commercialization of the holiday bothers me as well.
This year our family has decided to exchange fewer presents so that we can afford to help out those who are less fortunate than we are. We have made donations to local food shelves and given gifts to local toy drives for children in crisis and for children who will spend the holidays in the hospital. We also adopted a local family of six and provided them with winter outerwear, boots, and clothing and purchased clothing and toys for two additional children in need. My children were excited about helping others and did not hesitate when asked if they would be willing to receive fewer presents this year. It has been an amazing experience for all of us.
we had a little it always seems to miss us we live in the north west so we get some bad weather but further north they get more i love the snow and wish we had more.The decorations were my neighbours which i should have explained we just stick to indoor ones