Is it Too Early for Christmas?

So I did some shopping at the grocery store and at Target today, and they already have their Christmas merchandise out front and center. It kinda bugged me because I wasn’t ready to do any Christmas shopping so it felt like it was in my way and cluttering up my paths.

And when I was escorting my daughter during trick-or-treating last Sunday, I also noticed that a handful of our neighbors already had their Christmas trees up. I did take notice of it because I don’t believe I’d ever seen that before during Halloween.

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So I started to wonder… isn’t it too early for Christmas? I mean, my normal schedule is to decorate and start shopping for Christmas right after Thanksgiving. Because honestly, I can only handle one holiday at a time so I personally need to mentally “finish” Thanksgiving before I can start preparing for the next.

But that’s just me. Obviously others can handle the multi-tasking much better than I can. 🙂

And I’ll tell you all a little secret. While all the family is over celebrating Thanksgiving… I ask them to “help” get out all the Christmas decorations in the attic (which is a legitimate ask for help since that would be too difficult for me to do alone). And while they are at it… I ask them to put everything out too. With several people doing it, it only takes 30min max. And saves me all of that time and effort doing it myself!

So what do you all think? When do you start preparing for Christmas?

29 Replies to “Is it Too Early for Christmas?”

  1. I saw Halloween stuff going out in stores and up in yards shortly after 4th of July. In my opinion, what’s good for the goose is good for the gander. Personally, my preference would be that each receive a month of attention, one at a time. But the way we are going, they will all be out all of the time and everyone will expect respect for however and whatever they choose to display and when. It is the way things are headed, isn’t it?

  2. In 2019 I would have said yes, to early. 2021 me is about to put out my ceramic tress. It is dark and I am far less sociably out and about. I enjoy the cozy light they provide my home. So I say go for it.

  3. Yes!!! I actually asked the salesperson in Michaels if people are aware there is a holiday between Halloween and Christmas while I was getting craft supplies today. I am all for shopping early, but wait to decorate until the pumpkin pie is on the table.

  4. Our tree goes up shortly after Thanksgiving and comes down a little after New Year’s. It also drives my mother crazy that I won’t send my gift list until after Thanksgiving, even though I’m incredibly easy to buy for because most of what I ask for is Kindle books.

    1. Your schedule is similar to mine! I also don’t do any Christmas shopping until after Thanksgiving, but that’s mostly because gift receipts expire between 45-90 days so I can’t shop too early or the gift receipts will run out of time too soon.

    1. Lol, the second half of my plan is that when everyone is over on Christmas Day (after we’ve eaten and opened presents and taken all the photographs)… I make them put everything away too. Which is EXTREMELY early to put away the Christmas decorations, but it works for me.

  5. I have seen this debate and had it with my own kids many times….to early…..yet think about the things we wish people would do all year. We watch during the Christmas season, most people soften, they give more, they are kinder, they are more opened with their hearts. We go through the season wishing people would be more like that all year. We call it the Spirit Of Christmas. So if we truly wished for the Christmas spirit be around all year then is there ever a such thing as too early? Even Scrooge learned to keep Christmas and kept it well all year. I’m not saying Christmas trees should be up all year but maybe to someone that tree means a little more than it did the year before. Maybe it is up early because someone lost their mother and she loved Christmas so it is up to honor her. Maybe a family is celebrating a new job one that pays so well there will be an amazing Christmas like never before! Maybe it is the first child’s first Christmas and the parents are so excited for it because it took years to have that first child and finally the season feels real to them. We never know what is going on in the lives behind those doors we knock on during Trick-or-Treating. But we all know what a Christmas tree means. It represents Hope. Let those who need it have it. And maybe just hope a little for them that they find happiness and blessings during this season. So for me no it is not early for sometimes I need that Hope too.

    1. This is such a lovely response and I’m so happy that you shared your perspective on this. People should definitely be more like you, and be considerate of what others may be going-through. Thank you so much for your well-crafted comment and spreading this message of hope. 🙂

  6. So smart, getting family to help! Might as well if they’re there enjoying your food and home 😊😜

    In Canada, thanksgiving is before Halloween so most ppl put up decorations November 1st! And between then and Christmas, it gives us sufficient time to Christmas shop… The only thing that I find bizarre is our boxing day (which is your black Friday) occurs the day after Xmas…. Why would ppl spend all this money on gifts when the day after everything you bought is half off?? 🙄🤔

    1. Shopping AFTER Christmas is actually the best. I usually have returns to make (lol, because I’m not a fan of most gifts I receive) AND I will usually have gift cards handy too. PLUS everything is on sale like you said! I would much prefer to have the Boxing Day instead of Black Friday.

  7. Like bosssybabe said, Canadian Thanksgiving is in October, so we have a little bit more time. That said, there is an unofficial courtesy of not celebrating anything Christmas until after November 11, which is Remembrance Day (where we honour our military and veterans). After that, have at it.

    I don’t mind Christmas trees and decorations going up early. It brings a sense of peace and joy, which we most certainly need right now. I especially love looking at all the Christmas lights while driving.

    1. I think I would prefer our Thanksgiving to be earlier too. It gets quite hectic those first few weeks of December here since everyone is scrambling in-between those 2 major holidays, so having Thanksgiving be earlier would feel like an extra month of Christmas preparation. So cool!

  8. Traditionally I started to decorate when we got home from family Thanksgiving with just ‘winter’ decorations because the ‘at the time husband’ didn’t ‘allow’ Christmas to begin until December 1st. But now happily divorced four years later, I start when I want, with what I want! It’s very free-ing! I will say I may begin a bit earlier this year as like the movie Auntie Mame, I’m feeling ‘we need a little Christmas, right this very minute…” Sorry I started to sing the song in my head. 🙂

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