Nov 29, 2023 - News

Readers share their holiday decorating traditions

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Not everyone is waiting with bated eggnog breath to string up lights and decorations for the holidays — some readers told us they wait till the very last minute:

  • Danielle A.: We have decorated the outside of our house as late as the week of Christmas because, without fail, my husband waits to put up the lights and decorations until the coldest/wettest day of the year. So, we wait.
  • Paulette R: The custom in our home as a child was to put up the Christmas tree, Nativity scene and Christmas lights on Christmas Eve. I have always enjoyed this custom. Now I put up the Nativity scene and Christmas lights on Christmas Eve.
    • The Christmas wreath goes up on the door as soon as possible. I keep everything out until Jan. 6. This is the famous 12 days of Christmas and a nod to the customs of my father's homeland, Spain.
  • Beth T: Our family tradition is to spend Christmas Eve buying, setting up and decorating the tree in anticipation of Santa. The tree stays up through the 12th night and comes down on Jan. 7.
  • Laura I.: This year will be the latest year I've ever decorated. I'm waiting until about Dec. 19 when both of my children are back from college and studying abroad, so we can decorate with them as a family like we've always done when they were younger.
    • My husband joked that by waiting that late maybe we'll get a good deal on our tree!
  • Karen S.: Most years, stockings are our only decorations. But, one year, my partner and his son were walking in the Italian Market on Christmas Eve, where a vendor was offering trees for free. So the two of them carried a pretty big tree six blocks to our home. We decorated it that night and promptly took it down on Dec. 26.
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