When Should You Put Up Your Christmas Tree?
Monday, 29 November 2021
When is the right time to put up your Christmas tree and decorations? Each year, the anticipation of Christmas seems to start a little earlier and 2021 is already breaking new records based on online search data. But there are many different traditions and beliefs when it comes to the best time to start decorating your home for Christmas.
Once upon a time...
During the Victorian period, Christmas trees were traditionally put up much later in December, often on the afternoon of Christmas Eve.
Straight after Halloween
For some, Christmas decorations go up as soon as Halloween ends on 31st October, and so Christmas lovers embrace 1st November as the start of the festive season and begin decorating their home at this time.
Shopping insights reveal decorations are going up early this year
2020 was truly a year like no other, and this year, data from some of the UK's biggest retailers reveal that it will be the biggest Christmas yet, with customers shopping for decorations earlier than ever.
For example, Christmas online searches on Selfridges.com has more than quadrupled by 225 per cent ahead of forecast, with Selfridges London opening its Christmas Shop with 12 weeks to go. John Lewis opened its online Christmas Shop at the beginning of September after reporting that online searches for Christmas products were double last year's record high (up 105 per cent), with the most searched for products including Christmas trees, lights and wreaths.
And, according to the Tesco Christmas Report 2021, nearly a third (32 per cent) of the nation say they are looking forward to Christmas more than usual. More than one in 10 (12 per cent) families plan on putting the tree and decorations up by the end of November.
But, putting Christmas decorations up early actually makes you happy...
Psychoanalyst, Steve McKeown, told UNILAD that putting up Christmas decorations early extends the excitement of the festive season. It acts as an 'anchor or pathway to those old childhood magical emotions' and so ultimately makes you happier.
Psychologist, Deborah Serani, also told TODAY Home that decorating your home for Christmas early can 'create that neurological shift that can produce happiness', explaining: 'Christmas decorating will spike dopamine, a feel-good hormone.'
An important date in the Christian calendar, Advent is the period before Christmas which celebrates the birth of Jesus, and is a period of preparation. The occasion can be marked with an Advent candle and Advent wreath. Tradition dictates that Christmas trees should be put up at the beginning of Advent, which begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas. This year, Advent begins on Sunday 28 November 2021.
The beginning of December is a popular choice, with many households decorating their home for Christmas at the start of the most festive month to mark the official countdown.
It depends on if you buy a real tree...
If you're buying a real Christmas tree, the British Christmas Tree Growers Association always advise that trees should not be purchased earlier than 1st December. Why? The tree should survive for at least four weeks, though properly caring for the tree (it should be treated like any plant being brought into a warm, dry atmosphere) could help it last longer.
According to Dobbies, the second Saturday in December has historically seen an influx of shoppers buying real Christmas trees, an event officially called 'Bring Your Christmas Tree Home Day'. Research shows sales on the second Saturday of December had doubled, tripled and sometimes even quadrupled compared to other shopping days.
12 days before...
Others may choose to put their decorations up 12 days before Christmas, which means you'll be turning your home into a festive abode from 13th December.
What retailers say...
According to a previous Tesco Christmas Insights Report (2018), age has a lot to do with the festive traditions we keep. The majority of us like to get in the festive mood by decorating our trees and homes in early December. The 18-34 age group are more excitable, putting their Christmas trees up earlier. While over-55s tend to be more in line with tradition – they'll often uphold the 12 days before Christmas rule.
Once the tree is up, when does it come down?
There are many different traditions for this, too. Keep your eyes peeled for another fantastic blog post from House Beautiful for this explanation.