When is it Too Early to Decorate for Christmas?


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Is it too early to decorate for Christmas?

S. Manku, Student Life Section Editor

The air is getting brisker, all the leaves have started falling off the trees and it’s almost that time of the year. But we live in North Carolina, so the air is still groggy and warm. However, for a lot of people it is the time to start decorating. Statistics show that most people decorate for the holidays the day after Thanksgiving, but put their tree up around December 1st.

I decided to interview a few Gators to see when they decorate for Christmas. Janie Blewett, class of 23’, said “(I decorate) the day after Thanksgiving, for me it’s never too early, but my mom doesn’t let me until Thanksgiving is over.” I think that this goes for a lot of people. My family doesn’t let me listen to Christmas music until Thanksgiving is over. Although I think Christmas music should be played all year long!

Another Green Level student said “I never think it’s too early to decorate for Christmas as long as it’s after November. Decorating for Christmas makes me happy.” She told me that she actually already  on November 8th 2020. She also told me that she decorates in November but puts her tree up after Thanksgiving.

The last Gator is Sara, and she said “If you decorate right after Halloween then you’re psycho.” I don’t necessarily disagree with this statement because you have to keep your holidays separated. According to a poll carried out in 2015 by Confused.com, over 86% of people believe that November is too early to put up decorations. So it does appear that December is the most socially acceptable time to get in the festive spirit. Sara also mentioned that that she decorates after Thanksgiving, so she would fit in this “socially correct category.”

They do say that decorating for Christmas early makes you happier. According to experts, putting up Christmas decorations early can improve your mood, and according to Psychoanalyst Steve Mckeown, decorating brings up feelings of nostalgia and can evoke strong feelings of childhood.

So if you feel like decorating, decorate and have fun in your own winter wonderland!