Yuletide festivities are nearly upon us. For proponents of the Weihnachtsbaum tradition, this means dusting off the baubles and festooning your house with decorative flora — be it pine, fir or plastic. But when is the right time to put up your Christmas tree? Or should it be up already? We want your opinion!
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In Australian households, Christmas trees are traditionally erected on 1 December. (Unless you work in retail, in which case you presumably start decorating in early October.) Others wait until the second or third week of December, with a few lazy/sensible types holding out until the week before Christmas.
Personally, I prefer to wait as close to the big day as possible. When Christmas cheer is in the air, the ritual of building and decorating a tree feels a lot more festive. Plus, you can listen to Christmas carols without feeling like an idiot.
With that said, I completely understand why most people opt to put theirs up earlier. If the tree is only up for a few days, the whole thing feels like a massive waste of time. You want to get maximum tree enjoyment for all that effort expended.
But how early is too early? And when is it too late? We want to hear from you on this important topic. (And while we’re at it, let’s decide how long you’re allowed to keep your Christmas tree up after December 25.) Have at it in the comments!