This Is the Absolute Best Time to Put Up Christmas Decorations

Inside: Is decking the halls stressing you out? Here’s the easiest way to decide when to decorate for Christmas.

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Every year, the great debate begins. When to put up the Christmas decorations.

People have decided opinions about when to start decorating for the holidays. Too early and you’re labeled a fanatic. Too late and you have less Christmas spirit than Scrooge.

But how soon is too soon? And, how late is too late?

Usually, I ponder this question when munching on leftover Halloween candy.

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See I never stay in my own home for Thanksgiving. That means no day after Thanksgiving holiday decorating.

And by the time I return home on the Sunday after Thanksgiving, I feel like I’ve lost precious holiday decorating time.

But that pile of laundry won’t clean itself no matter how long I stare at it with Matilda eyes. And if I drag the Christmas tree from the garage that evening, we all know that box will sit unopened in the hall for at least a few days.

So, do I wait until the following weekend to start decorating? Turning Christmas decorating into a weekend project makes sense. But then I’ll lose an entire week of enjoying my Christmas decorations.

Gah. Do I deck the halls before I leave for Thanksgiving?

When to decorate for Christmas has suddenly turned more stressful than Black Friday shopping.

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Where Do You Fit on the Jolly Scale? Here Are The Different Types of Christmas Decorators

Everyone has an opinion about the ultimate time to decorate for Christmas. And it runs the whole spectrum.

From the-wreath-is-on-the-door-before-the-pumpkins-even-go-bad to does-a-red-coffee-mug-count-as-Christmas-cheer?

If you ask people when they decorate for Christmas, you’ll probably get a version of these responses:

  • “Holiday decorations aren’t my thing.”
  • “Decorating early is tacky.”
  • “Mine go up in mid-December.”
  • “The beginning of November, so I can savor the season”
  • “Like clockwork, the Christmas decorations go up the day after Thanksgiving.”
  • “Christmas above everything! I’m ready to put them out in October.”

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Your typical holiday decorator probably falls into one of these categories.

The immediately after Halloween decorator
As soon as the stores discount the Halloween candy, you’re thinking about the Christmas season.

While you may not put up your Christmas tree immediately, you’re in the basement searching for the Christmas boxes after the trick-or-treaters have left.

You also grab a few holiday items from the Target Dollar Spot the day after Halloween. After all, you want to nab the good stuff before it gets picked over.

And your house is decked out in holiday gear by the beginning of November.

The day after Thanksgiving decorator
You stick to the tried-and-true.

Decorating the day after Thanksgiving gives you the best of both worlds.

You can still enjoy fall but you get a jumpstart on the holidays, too. You put all the Christmas décor up in one swoop instead of going shopping on Black Friday.

The December 1 decorator
You feel that December is an acceptable time to start decorating for the holidays.

The fall décor stays out in your home a couple weeks longer than other people.

Then, you put up the Christmas decorations once December hits.

The lights go up on the house. The Christmas tree brightens the front window. The wreaths add cheer to the doors. And you’re exhausted. But cheery.

The un-decorator
When to decorate for Christmas? How bout never?

You do not decorate for the holidays.

Your friends and family may call you the Grinch, but while they spend hours tearing down Christmas decorations, you put your feet up and eat leftover pumpkin pie.

So really, who’s the winner?

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Here’s the Easiest Way to Decide When to Decorate for Christmas

But you probably want an answer to the mother of all questions.

No, not ‘Is pumpkin or pecan pie better?’

The big question.

When is the best time to start decorating for Christmas?

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Here’s the thing. I don’t think a right or wrong time exists.

It’s up to you. Don’t let anyone dictate your decorating sister.

You don’t need to feel ashamed if you start holiday decorating early. And if you don’t want to put up a Christmas tree ever, go you.

What matters most is surrounding yourself with things you love in your home.

Decorating is about creating an environment that makes you happy. And if putting up 20 Christmas trees makes you feel jollier than a reindeer, then put up 20 Christmas trees.

However your Christmas decorating happens is how it should happen.

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So, what about me?

Well, I’m one of those crazies who likes to put up Christmas decorations early.

I adore the anticipation of the season.

If I wait to decorate, I feel cheated. I want to savor the excitement as long as possible.

Sometimes my holiday decorating happens organically. I don’t really think about when to decorate for Christmas. It just happens. I start with an arrangement of mini Christmas trees on a shelf. Then, I replace the fall wreath with a Christmas wreath. Maybe I’ll add some cut branches in a vase. Or, I’ll keep the pinecones in a display but remove the pumpkins. These small changes happen over time. All before the Christmas tree ever goes up.

Or, sometimes it happens all at once.

Christmas storage boxes scatter across the living room floor. One minute the house is a blank canvas. The next, it looks like Christmas exploded. Kind of like when Buddy the Elf transforms Gimbels into a winter wonderland overnight.

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The anticipation of Christmas is almost always more exciting than the actual day.

It’s the same as going on vacation. You crave the anticipation of the event. The planning. The daydreaming about your big trip. That build up makes you the happiest.

Why do you think we count down the days to Christmas?

So, if I can have a whole month of excitement, I say the earlier the better.

But don’t worry. That’s just me. The absolute best time to put up Christmas decorations is entirely up to you.

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St. Patrick’s Day Decorating 2016

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Are you looking for some St. Patrick’s Day home decorating inspiration? It takes just a few green accents to give your home some St. Patrick’s Day flair.

I focused on adding some St. Patrick’s Day spirit to my entertainment center area. As the focal point of my living room, I wanted to give the bookcases and dresser some green without going overboard on the holiday-themed décor. I added in just enough green to make it fun.

Take a look at how I decorated for St. Patrick’s Day and you’ll see how some bright pops of green can help you celebrate St. Patty’s Day, welcome spring and bring a happy mood to your home.

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How I decorated for St. Patty’s Day:
– Hung up a $3 “St. Pats Day” felt banner from the $1 spot at Target
– Added some green plants, books and bowls to my bookcases
– Spray-painted mason jars gold and added chalkboard signs (tutorial coming soon!)
– Added a green wine bottle and a gold wine bottle (that I spray-painted) to the décor
– Mixed in a $4 bouquet of daisies from Trader Joe’s

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While I’m not usually big on decorating for holidays that come and go so fast, I had some fun this year decorating for St. Patty’s Day, and I realized it’s nice to have an excuse to switch up your décor once in a while.

Here’s how I created a St. Patrick’s Day effect in no time.

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Decorate with green
I’m not reinventing the wheel here with the idea of decorating with green for St. Patty’s Day. But I do want to note that you don’t have to purchase new décor in order to decorate your home with green for St. Patrick’s Day.

Shop your house for whatever green items you have. Grab that green vase. Those books with green covers. And don’t forget the greenery. When you corral all of those green items in one spot—a bookcase, a shelf or a table—then you instantly transform that space into a St. Patrick’s Day theme.

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Add in touches of gold
Gold complements green and goes hand-in-hand with St. Patrick’s Day.

If you don’t have any gold items in your home, get ready to grab your can of spray paint. I spray-painted mason jars and wine bottles gold. (Tutorial coming soon!) I really love the look of mason jars spray-painted gold. Especially if they have etchings on them, such as the “Ball” logo. The etchings really pop when they’re spray-painted a color.

I don’t usually think of myself as a gold kind of girl, but I’m loving the color lately. Gold is pretty trendy right now, and you can never go wrong with adding metallics to your décor. They add texture.

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Use what you have
You don’t need to buy new décor for St. Patrick’s Day if you don’t want to. Use what you have on hand. Drape burlap fabric over your mantel. Create a table centerpiece with cut-out paper shamrocks. Make a wreath for your door using green fabric scraps. It’s easy!

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My St. Patrick’s Day decorating is simple and won’t take hours to take down. What do you think of it?

Related articles:
St. Patrick’s Day Decorating Inspiration
Decorating with Greenery
Pinecone Door Hanger

Top 5 Posts of 2013

Top 5 Posts of 2013

As 2013 comes to a close, I thought I’d share some of my most popular posts from the year. I really tried to step up and post more this year. And, I tried to share new tips, projects and ideas that you hadn’t seen before. I truly want Red Leaf Style to provide inspiration and excitement about decorating your home because I have so much fun with it. Here’s to an even better 2014 and a look back at what you loved in 2013:

5) Are You Stuck in a Decorating Rut?

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4) 15 Ways to Clean With Baking Soda

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3.) How to Make Beeswax Candles

Lit beeswax candles.These pretty golden candles make lovely gifts. And, candles aren’t as hard to make as you might think. All you need is beeswax, wicks and some jars. Follow my simple tutorial to make your own beeswax candles.

2) 5 Best Vintage Thrift Store Finds Ever

Vintage white cart holding bowl and mixer.Whether you’re a regular thrift store shopper, like me, or just a once-in-a-while browser, anyone who loves vintage can appreciate a great thrift store find. Check out my five favorite thrift store finds from over the years.

1) 5 Ideas for Vintage-Inspired Headboards

Blue shabby vintage bed headboard.With the right headboard to frame your bed, you can change the whole look of your bedroom. Need some inspiration? Check out these five vintage-inspired headboard ideas.

Which one is your favorite post? Let me know in the comments!

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