When is “Too Early” to Set Up a Christmas Tree?


DeShawn Smith, Staff Reporter

Is it ever too early to set up a Christmas tree? Some say any time before Thanksgiving is off-limits.  Others say after Thanksgiving. Which is it? Well it depends how you look at it, what your family traditions are and even what country you’re from.

Many Catholics wait to set up their Christmas tree until noon on Christmas Eve. The same goes for the Christmas decoration. The reason for putting it up on Christmas Eve is because they believe that it celebrates the feast of Christmas. According to Catholics if you set up a Christmas tree too early, it shows that you anticipate the feast of Christmas, and Christmas wouldn’t be as joyous when it actually does arrive.

On the other hand, many other Christians set up their Christmas trees when the Advent starts. Advent is the first season of the Christian church year, leading up to Christmas and including the four preceding Sundays. Christians love to celebrate all the way until Christmas Day.

I believe you should at least wait until after Thanksgiving. You can’t celebrate Thanksgiving with a Christmas tree and decorations up. People would think you’re celebrating Christmas and it kinda shows that you care more for Christmas than Thanksgiving.

In my past experiences living in Germany, Germans usually wait until the first Saturday before the first Advent and they usually have a Christmas wreath with four candles, one for every Advent Sunday.

My mom, Melanie Smith, is German and she said, “The reason her family set up their Christmas tree when they did is because of tradition and that we celebrate the Advents, and then spend three days celebrating Christmas. The 24th, 25th, and the 26th.”

Thanksgiving should be celebrated with Thanksgiving decorations, such as, pumpkins, autumn leaves, pilgrim hats, turkeys, and Veggie baskets. It shouldn’t be celebrated with Christmas decorations, such as, snowmen, Christmas lights, a fir tree, Santa, or Christmas cookies.

Setting up a Christmas tree should be after Thanksgiving. Celebrate the day of giving thanks and set up the tree afterwards. Christmas is a great holiday, don’t get me wrong, but let’s let Thanksgiving have its day and Christmas will have its day soon enough.

What do you think? They say timing is everything, so when do you think a Christmas tree should be set up? Leave comments below and let me know.