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10 Signs You are Decorating for Christmas Too Early

Updated on November 22, 2013
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Jeannie has been writing for HubPages for over 5 years. She covers a wide variety of topics—anything from hamsters to office work.


Christmas is Coming

I realize some of you love Christmas. You can't wait to put up a tree, break out the decorations, and begin the holiday season. Each year Christmas decorations seem to creep out of sheds, basements, closets, and attics earlier than the year before. So how early is too early? I daresay some of you are already decking the halls way too soon!

You may not realize it, but some of us enjoy celebrating holidays other than Christmas. Yes, some folks enjoy Thanksgiving or Halloween way more than Christmas. Now, brace yourself for this one, there are people on this planet that do not even celebrate Christmas at all. Gasp! Yes, these people really exist. I rather envy them for that matter, but nonetheless, not everyone wants to look at an assortment of Christmas decorations all over the place when it is clearly too soon to start decorating.

If you are concerned that you could be one of these "premature decorators" (and chances are, if you are reading this, you are guilty), then I am here to help you determine if it is too soon to decorate for Christmas. Maybe you've already put all the holiday d├ęcor up for this year. Just keep these signs in mind for next year so you can calm down and not decorate for Christmas too soon.

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10 Signs You Are Decorating Too Early For Christmas...

  1. You decided to winterize the pool and put up the Santa decorations on the same day. You did all of this while wearing shorts and a t-shirt, yet you live in Maine. Putting the sunglasses on Santa was a nice touch though.
  2. Children were trick-or-treating in your neighborhood while you put up the Christmas tree in your home.
  3. You opted to paint your pumpkin red and green rather than carving it for Halloween. Putting the Santa hat on it and the garland was cute, but it was probably a little too much. The addition of the flashing red and green lights inside the pumpkin was definitely too much.
  4. There is really no need for a Labor Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas extravaganza display in the middle of August, but yet, that very display exists in your yard.
  5. Passing out candy canes at the Halloween party, using a snowflake tablecloth, and adding reindeer figurines as the fall centerpiece was probably a little too festive for the situation.
  6. The Easter Bunny and Santa Claus have no business sitting in your front yard together in the middle of Spring. Santa needs his rest, so put him away until cold weather starts.
  7. You decided to dress as Santa Claus for Halloween this year... and last year... and the year before that... while putting up Christmas lights.
  8. Neighbors have accused you of keeping up Christmas lights all year long, which just isn't true. You just happened to put the lights up in May.
  9. The animatronic reindeer are looking awfully strange in your front yard beside the scarecrow and Thanksgiving turkey. They've been creeping out your neighbors for way too long this fall.
  10. You used Halloween as an excuse to put up the Christmas tree early. Sure, you put something called "Halloween ornaments" on the tree, but each day, Christmas decorations replace them.


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    Jeannie InABottle 3 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    I think people should make most of decorating for Halloween and Thanksgiving... then decorate for Christmas. Enjoy one holiday at a time! Thanks for your comment.

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    Breanne Ginsburg 3 years ago

    I agree that sometimes people put up decorations way too early and too many at that! I can't stand when people put tons of blow up decorations on their lawn. Early Christmas songs are okay though, I just don't think decorations should be up or sold before Thanksgiving!

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    Jeannie InABottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    It is easy to get overloaded on Christmas now. I've found I am already sick of it... too many decorations, pre-holiday events, shopping, annoying songs, etc. I am done before the actual event even occurs. Thanks for getting on board with me on this one!

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    Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    I do love Christmas more than just about any other holiday, but it still drives me nuts when you see decorations up way too early. I agree with you about the effect of the stores forcing it on people. Even people like me who love Christmas get overloaded before we're ready.

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    Jeannie InABottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Haha... probably because they decorate too early. ;-)

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    Patty Inglish 4 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

    Gee, we have only one KMart left in our whole county, I think. They went downhill pretty quickly.

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    Jeannie InABottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Dolores Monet - You are right. Stores forcing Christmas on everyone earlier and earlier each year is bound to turn a lot of people against it. It has already done just that to me!

    Patty Inglish, MS - I do think Big Lots is one of the worst of the stores when it comes to putting out Christmas decorations too early. I think Kmart is just as guilty too. Thanks for the vote up!

    oldiesmusic - I guess some people are just so eager!

    Thanks for the comments, everybody!

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    oldiesmusic 4 years ago from United States

    I can't blame such people, hahaha. Christmas is the most wonderful holiday and they can't wait that to happen.

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    Patty Inglish 4 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

    Our Big Lots stores in Ohio usually put out Christmas materials in August and one of the stores begins playing Christmas music in that same hot month.

    I don't decorate, but I like to drive around and see the lighting extravaganzas in our city. These homeowners must spend weeks putting up their lights.

    Fun Hub - rated Up and more.

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    Dolores Monet 4 years ago from East Coast, United States

    Jeannie you really made me laugh! I've seen Christmas decorations in stores just after Halloween and people have told me that they've been in stores that played Christmas music in mid November. I love Christmas and everything about it but this earlier and earlier business may turn me against my favorite holiday.

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    Jeannie InABottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    ocfireflies - I usually get way more into Halloween than Christmas. This year, I decorated some, but I was not even that into it. We shall see if I bother with the Christmas tree, too. Hey, at least I have out my Christmas candles. :-) Thanks for the votes!

    drbj - I get frustrated with all the Halloween/Christmas combination displays at stores now. Santa needs to stop sticking his nose into my ghost decorations!

    Eiddwen - It is probably best to wait until December to decorate. I've found I get tired of decorations and take them down before the holiday if they go up too soon. Some people must really love Christmas! Thanks for the vote up and thanks for sharing!

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    Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

    I am in such a Christmassy mood this year I could put up my decorations now but am making myself wait until December first.

    Doesn't;'t help that my family have theirs up already ha ha!!Thank goodness we never totally grow up.

    Very interesting read and thank you for sharing. Voting up and sharing.


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    drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

    I do agree, Jeannie, in particular that it is too early to put up your Christmas tree or Christmas decorations while Halloween is still in full swing. Better to wait 'til the day after. :)

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    ocfireflies 4 years ago from North Carolina

    If I put out a pumpkin or two, I feel like I have decorated for Halloween. If I put up the tree, then I feel like I have decorated for Christmas.

    When my children were young, I went the distance, but since they are grown (and no grandchildren yet), I find it hard to get into any of the holidays, but I do know folks who (like in your hub) know how to go the extra mile. Smiles. Great Hub and Voted as such.

    Much Enjoyed,


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    Jeannie InABottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    DeborahNeyens - I have my Thanksgiving decorations up, too. It is nice to celebrate one holiday at a time.

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    Jeannie InABottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Blond Logic - I am always happiest putting away the decorations too. :-)

    bravewarrior - It gets earlier and earlier each year. Soon everyone will be decorating by Easter.

    Slofuego - I am sorry you daughter is ill. It is nice of you to decorate to distract her. This hub is supposed to be lighthearted and humorous. Sorry you don't feel that way. By the way, I know plenty of people decorating too early and none of them are doing it for health reasons. And the stores decorate early because they are using Christmas and consumers to make money... it is not about holiday spirit at all. I hope you and your daughter have a merry Christmas.

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    Deborah Neyens 4 years ago from Iowa

    Love this! I hate seeing Christmas decorations up in November. I just got my Thanksgiving decorations out yesterday (and out the last of my Halloween things away).

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    slofuego 4 years ago

    I usually put up Christmas decorations in mid December, but due to my daughter who was just diagnosed with type 1 diabetes I put them up today since she loves Christmas and it made her feel real happy , a distraction from what she has to deal with for the rest of her life, since she well be insulin dependent, maybe some people put it up early due to health issues r etc to bring some happiness to them, so next time you see Christmas decorations up early maybe stop and think that there may be reason behind it

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    Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

    Jeannie, my town has already started decorating for Christmas and it's not even Thanksgiving! What's the hurry?? Jeez, are the stores that hard up that they need to plant the seed this early? I don't even know if I'll decorate this year. My son works a lot and I count on him to hang the roof lights. Time will tell, but now is definitely not the time!

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    Mary Wickison 4 years ago from Brazil

    I use to dread decorating for Christmas and then couldn't wait to pack them away and regain order to the house.

    Enjoy this giggle because I know people like this.

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    Jeannie InABottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    FlourishAnyway - I am expecting people to break out the Christmas decorations next year about the same time they are making their summer vacation plans. It is getting out of hand. ;-) Thanks for the vote and thanks for sharing!

    billybuc - I thought I was getting carried away when I put up my Thanksgiving turkey decoration on my door 2 weeks ago. Guess not. My cousins were putting up their Christmas trees around the same time. I refuse to decorate for Christmas in November, too. :-) Thanks for dropping by!

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    Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

    Waiting for December; I refuse to decorate in November. Love your humor as always my friend.

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    FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

    Oh I am late decorating this year, hehe. Cute hub. Voted up +++, pinning, and sharing!