The early-ization of Christmas

I am resisting the early-ization of Christmas. (Yes, I did make that word up. I couldn’t think of the proper one and I didn’t even know if there was one, so I made one up.)

There was a time, only a few short years ago, when to have your tree up on 1st December was chav in the extreme. Now it is not only not-chav, it is positively normal. Any true self-respecting chav worth their chav salt has to aim much higher these days. 19th November or you are NO-ONE. Ostracised from the chav community.

The town Christmas lights used to be switched on in the last week of November. Now that has moved to the weekend before that. Which is basically the MIDDLE OF NOVEMBER. Six whole weeks before Christmas. By the time we actually get to Christmas, the lights are boring. Old hat. They have quite literally lost their sparkle.

Growing up, our tree went up the weekend before Christmas. Unless the weekend before Christmas fell on the 22nd or 23rd, in which case we could stretch to the weekend before that.

I had a friend whose tree went up on 6th December to coincide with her birthday and that was WEIRD. When he had his own house, my brother started putting his tree up on 9th December. Too early.

I thought we were being daring because we put our tree up two weeks before Christmas. So it varies between about 11th or 12th at the earliest or as late as 16th or 17th. I thought it was normal, but it isn’t any more.

In households across Britain, Christmas now starts on 1st December. I can’t believe people aren’t fed up of the sight of their Christmas tree by the big day. And desperate to have that little bit of their lounge back which has been taken over by a massive piece of greenery adorned with sparkly bits. And if it’s real, surely there must be more needles on the carpet than the tree by the time all the doors on the Advent calendar have been opened?!

Enjoy your trees, people. Old Scrooge here will be waiting a few more days.

Merry early December.

I first posted this a year ago. It got five whole views. Apologies if you were one of those five brilliant people.

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Author: Sarah Mummy

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22 Comments

  1. I was always a 19th sorta guy. Going up on this Sat (8th). Overruled by two children under three years old. I used to be top dog, now me and the cat hide in quiet corners hoping not to be seen. Good post by-the-by

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  2. Can’t remember exactly when Christmas started when we were younger. I am under pressure to put stuff up as soon as December starts though.

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  3. When I was growing up we used to put the tree up on Christmas Eve and I still feel it should go up later. My husband however wants it up earlier. This year he’s getting his wish and its going up on the 9th but only because we are having the loft insulated and have to get everything out of it, and I don’t want to get the decorations in and out. Next year I’m going back to putting it up later.

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  4. Ha ha, love it! So glad I brought out ‘oldies but goodies’ another goodie which could have gone to waste! I am so with you on this early christmas thing – why oh why do people put their house xmas lights on in early November?! Surely they are totally sick of all the decs by christmas – utter madness I tell you!

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  5. We will put ours up this weekend- which is a compromise between my preference for a week later, and my kids preference for the 1st of December!

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  6. I’m with you. Although I have put a lovely wreath on the front door. I love Christmas, I just don’t think it needs to start too early ☃.

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  7. We put ours up on the 8th of December as that’s what we always did when I was a child as it’s my dad’s birthday and it cheered the miserable old git up a bit so I’ve just stuck with it! You’re right though that did always seem really early when I was younger but this year everyone seems to have there’s up already and it seems like we’re doing it late!

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  8. Thanks for your comments, everyone! I really appreciate your thoughts. Glad there is lots of support for hanging on a bit longer! I don’t have any issue with the coming weekend, it’s a good compromise for kids. Ours will still go up the one after. It’s just the very beginning of December I don’t get!

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  9. I never put the tree up until just a few days before Crimbo but this year Scamp is hounding me so we have settled on the 9th.
    I do know someone leaves it up ALL YEAR *mind boggles* and decorates it with eggs for Easter, mini pumpkins for Halloween… mental!

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  10. I think the 9th is perfectly acceptable. Never heard of anyone leaving it up all year, that is ridiculous. Apart from anything else, it takes up too much space.
    Thanks veyr much for commenting 🙂

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  11. Hell yes.

    I hate that Harrods (not that I shop there) clear their garden furniture department after the August Bank HOliday weekend and it becomes Christmas.

    Hate it.

    How do you know it is Christmas in UK shops?

    BECAUSE THE EASTER EGGS ARE ON SALE

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  12. You are so on my wave length. Even 12 days before is too much for me – I’d like to put the tree up the weekend before and then is down on New Years Day.
    I love it when it is there, but it takes up room, creates dust and the toddler insists on re-dressing it every single day anyway!!
    I can understand shops putting them up mid November, but at home – NOOOOOOOOO!!

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  13. Thank you, Mummy B and Kara – so glad there are other people on my wavelength! And when the Easter eggs move into the shops on Christmas Eve, the boxing day sale ads will start on telly and there’ll be no Christmas ads 🙁

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  14. I’m a massive hypocrite, but I do agree with you. I bought a huge fake one at the start of the month, I wanted to make sure it was OK so put it up… took me HOURS. I couldn’t face taking it down again to be put up in a few weeks, so I just chucked the decorations on! Eek! *runs away*

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  15. Ha ha,each to their own, MNS! I always worry about whether everything will be working or whether we will have lost anything too. The downside of putting it up on 16th December is if something is broken or missing it can be hard to replace it! Thanks for commenting, I really appreciate it.

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  16. Sure you are getting more views this year! I am a chav, I put my tree up on the 1st December, but I totally get what you mean, I am just a little sad and have caught the Christmas bug from my kids. I hate the commercialisation of Christmas, and that I can buy Mince Pies in supermarkets in October, that are out of date before Christmas even happens…though, so I guess it places I am against its early-ization too! 🙂

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  17. Thanks very much, Helen, I certainly am getting more views this time round! You can tell from all the comments.
    I don’t think it means you’re a chav because you put your tree up on 1st – you’ve just been bitten by the Christmas bug! It fascinates me how much and how fast these things have changed. Mince pies in Ocotber is crazy – and unhealthy if you started eating them then and kept going until the new year!
    Thanks very much for commenting, I really appreciate it.

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  18. Our tree isn’t up yet, we’ve made some paperchains but they’re not up yet. I suspect it’ll be next weekend – the 22nd, when we actually have time to do it. I can’t face it much earlier than that – although I’m adverse to an early mince-pie x

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  19. Now that is late! I’m impressed! Ours will go up this weekend -although we have yet to locate it and check everything works, which is always a worrying time! Thanks very much for commenting, I really appreciate it. x

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  20. Ours went up last week – purely financial considerations on my part. £45 for a six-footer? I want that tree hanging around for as long as possible!

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  21. Fair enough, grandadcametotea! I hope it’s still got its needles by the new year. Looks like we are going for the 16th. If we don’t hurry up even my mum will have hers up before us!Thanks very much for commenting, I really appreciate it.

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    • Our will go up this weekend, whist the kids are younger I want to make the most of every minute. I am dreading it when they are all out clubbing at christmas and snuggled round the tree, although my aim is to travel and be away when Christmas becomes less festive.

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