When is your ideal time to decorate for Christmas? Let's say that there are no mitigating factors in your schedule (like, say, wanting to decorate earlier than normal because you're having a party or going on a trip or something).
Do you differentiate between when it's "okay" to decorate outside vs. inside? Do you usually start decorating outside first, or inside?
Also, what type of outdoor decor is your preference? Nothing? Everything you can squeeze onto your lawn and house? Colored or white lights? Snow globes? Nativities? Less is more? More is more?
We decorate the day after the holiday. So I'll be pulling down thanksgiving decorations and start putting up Christmas this Friday. Which I haven't reminded dh about. He's not going to be happy since I think I want all new colors. We decorate the outside with a flag, a wreath, and something for the walkway for every holiday but Christmas also gets a blow up penguin my Mom bought Jason. Very tacky but he loves it. The living room, kitchen and bathroom all get decorated throughout the rest of the weekend. Christmas is also the only holiday I decorate the inside for, but I go all out in those three rooms. Jason even has a little feather tree my Mom also bought with his own set of decorations for his bedroom.
I get pissy when people decorate outside and I have to listen to Christmas music before Thanksgiving is over. I'm a grinch that way.
We typically only decorate inside. It's a PITA to put up lights on our house, so we enjoy what everyone else displays. We opted for a real tree (first one!) this year vs. the usual fake tree, so we went ahead and bought a good one before all of them were taken this weekend. We haven't decorated it yet, probably on Friday when we have more time. We change our colors up each year, this year we'll probably do colored lights since DD will really enjoy the changing colors!
I have been listening to Christmas music, LOVE this time of the year!
Christmas decorations go up November 27th, my Grandfather's birthday. We only put a tree up though this year I may do a bit more because I have a big open space between rooms (an unarched archway I guess) where I might put something up. No outdoor decorations other than a wreath though we will add a santa please stop here sign for DS this year
Usually we start transitioning from fall to Christmas decorations the weekend after THanksgiving, get our outdoor lights up during the week, then get our tree the first weekend of Christmas. This year we may get the Tree a week earlier (this weekend) as we are hosting a party here the following weekend and it would look nicer. My husbands school is changing the timing of a few traditions this year.....but he is already 1/5 of the way through it
I start my decorating inside Nov 1. Our Thanksgiving doesn't get in the way, since it's early October. We do a bit of decorating outside, just lights on the house. Those go up near the end of November.
Our outside ones are already up excluding my mechanical Hannukah Bear. That will go up after Thanksgiving. Our outside decorations are very generic (white light trees, color lighted hedges, present boxes, etc.) so we like them up for Thanksgiving company and just cause they look so darn pretty. I don't really decorate the inside much except I had to buy the Peanuts musical Christmas thingys from Hallmark. They are so darn cute!
I like to keep the holidays separate, so we usually decorate the weekend after Thanksgiving as well. If, like Jordan mentioned, we were in Canada and celebrated an earlier Thanksgiving, I wouldn't mind the decorations being up longer. But when they are clearing the aisles of Halloween decorations to make room for Christmas stuff ON Halloween...it does irk me some. It just is too much commercialism for my taste. Like we can skip Thanksgiving all together as far as anything other than grocery stores or the travel industry is concerned? Just because there are not presents attached? That is a bit depressing to me. As for decorations, we just do stuff inside, mainly the tree. We had some warm weather a few weeks ago and everyone in our neighborhood put up their outside lights, but most have not turned them on yet. As to how much, how little or how people decorate...doesn't really bother me. To each their own. Though I would likely not be happy if I lived next to a huge, gaudy, every-inch-decorated in flashing neon neighboring house. I guess that's one of the (few) good things about homeowners associations.