How Soon is Too Soon for Holiday Decorations?

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I was surprised to see several friends announce on Facebook today that their Christmas trees and other decorations are now up. When I was growing up, we never put up our decorations until after December 8th, a tradition I have continued over the years. My husband however belongs to a family who often put up their decorations on the Friday after Thanksgiving- no Black Friday shopping for them apparently! With some stores sneaking in Christmas decor before Halloween is over, I have to wonder how soon is too soon for holiday decorations?

We would love to hear about your holiday decorating traditions. Do you have a set date the tree goes up, or do you play it by ear, waiting until the time seems right? On the other side, is your tree out the door on December 26th or does it stay up into January? Do you put up your decorations piecemeal, or get it all done on one day devoted to holiday decorations? Most importantly, how do you handle it when your holiday decoration tradition conflicts with that of your roommate/significant other/spouse? Inquiring minds want to know...

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