When to plant the Christmas tree? Exact date revealed

When will you put up your Christmas tree? Almost all of us will have one and almost all of us agree that at some point during the holiday season we’ll wish it didn’t take up all that space in our homes and where we work.

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For those of us who opt for a real tree, there will also come a time during the holiday season when our vacuum cleaners will be filled with dry brown needles and the term “fire hazard” will also take on a whole new meaning.

Christmas trees, like many traditions around the holidays, are subject to “family law”. In other words, you put up, decorate and take down the Christmas tree according to the schedule established by previous generations in your family. Sometimes that makes a lot of sense, but for men in particular, it doesn’t.

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While every family keeps their traditions for the holidays near and dear, there are certain societal norms you can’t escape discussing once the calendar turns the page to November. One of these discussions is “when to put up the Christmas tree”? If you go to any social media site where the subject is joked about, you will find that there is no real consensus.

But according to tradition, there is an exact date. According to Christmas Tree World, they should know, right? Advent begins four Sundays before Christmas. If you pull out your calendar and count down to a “month of Sundays”, you’ll see that the date to put up your Christmas tree is much earlier than expected.


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If you don’t have your calendar handy the Sunday which is four before Christmas is November 27 or the Sunday after Thanksgiving. Personally, I think now is the perfect time to put up your tree and other holiday decorations. Chances are you have free time and extra help at home.

The website Confused polled its readers and found that the vast majority of them will put up their Christmas trees between December 1 and December 10. They count the first day of December as the “unofficial” start of the holiday season.

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Besides the lovely evergreen smell that pervades a home when a Christmas tree is present, there is another added benefit. Having holiday decorations on display turned out to be a good boost for your mental well-being. Seeing all those happy objects and remembering all those memories tends to jump-start our production of dopamine, the feel-good hormone, so you might have that for you too.

From our point of view, it’s your home, so you can put up your tree whenever you want. Remember, even if it is an artificial tree, you probably need to clean it, As literally wash it off, before putting it on, especially if you or a family member has allergies.

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