When Do You Put up Holiday Decorations?

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"I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights." - Maya Angelou

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, many of our neighbors have already begun preparing themselves and their yards for a serious bout of holiday decorating--Pasadena and Altadena are both known for holiday light displays, particularly Upper Hastings Ranch and Christmas Tree Lane. We're feeling it's a bit premature to start excavating all our holiday decorations from the depths of the garage, but knowing how hectic the days get during the lead up to winter break, maybe it's not a bad idea to get a head start...

Typically, we put off all holiday decorations until the day after Thanksgiving (it sort of counts toward our cardio after porking out on all the excellent home cooking). After hauling in the tree and unpacking the ornaments and garlands, we like to throw on some Curtis Mayfield or Smokey Robinson and spend an afternoon making our home festive.

How about you? When do you put up holiday decorations? And just out of curiosity (as this was recently discussed during our neighborhood council meeting), how many of you will be putting up outdoor light displays? We're thinking about using these LED that Laure recommended....that is, if we get motivated enough.

[ Photo from National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation ]

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