This week I could hardly believe my eyes. People have actually been putting their Christmas decorations up. In mid-November.
Now before you accuse me of being a Christmas scrooge, I am the biggest fan of Christmas. Ever.
However even I think it is too early.
1.Everyone does a big clean before the decorations go up. If you put them up now, there will be decoration-clad parts of your house that will not see a cloth or a duster for seven weeks. Ew.
2.You will get bored of them. As soon as Christmas is done, I am usually itching to take the decorations down. I know a lot of people who take the tree down before New Year’s Eve. Putting them up earlier may mean you are sick of them earlier.
3.Putting the tree up is magical. Especially for children. By putting it up in November, not only are you stringing out (pun intended) the excitement, you may be inadvertently be distinguishing it.
4.If you have a toddler like mine, festive-making your home up to two weeks early is just asking for trouble. He would have two extra weeks to figure out how to pull the tree over or at the very least, rid it of baubles.
5.I tend to think the magic of Christmas is spoiled anyway with the build-up starting in shops in August. Let’s keep the magic alive by keeping Christmas in December. Right where it should be.
No one wants to be the first to arrive at a party. I think I am going to wait for at least 20 other people to post the ‘it’s up’ photos on my Facebook feed before I even think of dusting off that tinsel.