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am I being unreasonable thinking its too early for decorations

(38 Posts)
etheltbags1 Wed 22-Oct-14 11:24:02

I live near a huge housing estate and often walk through as a short cut and I see lots of twinkly lights in the windows. Whats up!
Is it because the shops are starting to sell lights etc now, that people just cant help buying them or are we all to bored with life that we just want to move on to the next bit of excitement that comes along.

One of the saddest things I saw a few years ago was a young housewife who had her tree decorated, stockings filled and presents under the tree all by mid November. I asked her if she was organised for Christmas and she said yes, presents had been bought by October, wrapped and were on display. She had two young children and I wondered what they thought, would they find it hard to believe in father Christmas or were they non believing, would it be hard to contain their curiosity about what was in the parcels so long before the big day. I came to the conclusion that the mother was so bored with life that she just had to do something. Would she be looking for easter eggs in January-probably.

I don't much like Christmas but I will do what I have to for my DGD, tree, decs etc. but it never takes over my life. Are others like me or are you all so organised that its all done by November.

Mishap Wed 22-Oct-14 11:32:46

No - you are not. I love Xmas but am happy to keep it to the few days.

kittylester Wed 22-Oct-14 11:41:44

No you are not - we don't think about C*******s until at least after the annual Street Fair which, this year is 13-15 November! We had a tradition of decorating the tree on the day the children broke up for the C*******s holidays and try to stick to a day as close to that as possible!

Hope you are feeling ok Mishap flowers

jinglbellsfrocks Wed 22-Oct-14 11:46:58

Got to make the puds soon though! Comes round so quickly. I start to think about it after Dd's and grandkids school half term. No decs till a week or two before!

KatyK Wed 22-Oct-14 11:58:34

It's ridiculous. Our local M&S has Christmas presents on sale. Bah humbug..

Ana Wed 22-Oct-14 12:05:33

Our local M&S had a silvery Christmas tree up when I nipped in last week!

kittylester Wed 22-Oct-14 12:10:26

JL has had it's C*******s Dept open for a while - somehow I don't mind that as it's so lovely! #conformingtostereotype

henetha Wed 22-Oct-14 12:29:11

Christmas is bad enough at Christmas, without "celebrating" it weeks in advance. You are not being unreasonable at all. I dread the annual over-eat/over-spend/over-socialise fest.
Sorry. Just don't like Christmas.

Marmight Wed 22-Oct-14 12:31:07

blush I booked 'Breakfast with Santa' at Dobbies this morning for the 4 visiting GC's. I wanted Christmas Eve, so had to do it the minute booking opened at noon. Going to forget all about C.........s now for at least 5 or 6 weeks (apart from learning my lines for a wink)

Gracesgran Wed 22-Oct-14 13:01:37

Obviously you are not wrong to think it is too early for you but others may like it. I start in January making presents for the next year and by September tend to have a few things around as I am photographing decorations I have made, etc.

I currently have a small tree up, a Santa on the hearth (don't like to dump him on the floor as if he isn't wanted); he's a prototype design, a Sleeps Before Christmas rag doll nightdress case and a rag wreath on a chair waiting to be packed and boxes of decorations also awaiting wrapping.

I love it!

sunseeker Wed 22-Oct-14 13:07:16

I love Christmas but don't put decorations up until the weekend before. I will start looking for presents around middle of November that way hopefully I will have bought everything but Christmas! I think it must spoil the excitement for small children to have decorations up and Carols being sung too early

Coolgran65 Wed 22-Oct-14 14:10:54

For me, Christmas gets spoiled by the early appearance of all thing Christmas. My tree goes up sometime after 7 days before 25th and down asap afterwards, maybe three days.
Thus, it remains a novelty while in place.

glammanana Wed 22-Oct-14 15:14:50

ethel I was driving home on Monday evening and turned into a Road not to far away to be greeted by lights twinkling away around the window I thought I was seeing things and could not believe my eyes.
Mine have always gone up for the 15th as thats when is DS1s birthday (we have a few birthdays between 15th-31st) and they come down at the first chance after New Year.

Starling Wed 22-Oct-14 15:24:01

Decorations are up in shops in this part of London for Diwali which I think starts tomorrow.

Ariadne Wed 22-Oct-14 15:27:04

That's right, Starling - big festival of light!

ninathenana Wed 22-Oct-14 18:27:12

A gastro pub near by already has a large Santa outside.

Our decs go up about the 15th Dec

annodomini Wed 22-Oct-14 18:55:26

Once, in the 70s, when Halloween was over, two young lads knocked on the door and proceeded to sing a Christmas carol. I can't remember which, except that they clearly didn't know it! I told them to come back at the right time, but they never did.

annodomini Wed 22-Oct-14 19:05:51

I'm away from home for Christmas, but do put my tree up (a very small one) before I go, because I usually have my sister and BiL for New Year. Therefore the tree and cards stay put until they leave.

TerriBull Wed 22-Oct-14 19:17:21

I wish it didn't go on for sooooooooooooooo long, it's two days, that's it really, this build up is so over the top. Storms aside, we are still in Autumn and personally I'd like to appreciate the "now" the changing colours of the trees and everything that this time of the year has to offer.

I think I'd appreciate Christmas more if we adopted a slightly more European approach, what we have in Britain is just an excuse or rampant consumerism.

TerriBull Wed 22-Oct-14 19:19:03

should have typed "for" not or in last sentence.

annsixty Wed 22-Oct-14 19:43:35

My DC's Infant school always had a Carol Service on a Wed evening near or on 15/16 Dec we would then come home and decorate the tree.It was a tradition we looked forward to and it was plenty long enough for me.I have seen trees in windows lit up in windows on Nov 1st.sad

jinglbellsfrocks Wed 22-Oct-14 19:48:20

That was a nice idea annsixty. smile

annsixty Wed 22-Oct-14 19:53:39

jbf thank you it was a long time ago but a lovely memory.

absent Wed 22-Oct-14 20:25:58

I like putting up decorations and adorning the tree on Christmas Eve. Young children are in bed and when they get up in the morning, everything has changed and looks magical. Sometimes I was just too busy – 16–20 people for lunch two days running – and I would do it a couple of days before Christmas.

There is a logic to buying presents earlier in the year. In my case, I bought a number of things during the summer – benefiting from the end-of-summer-sales – because they wouldn't be available in the winter and I had to send them to New Zealand when Christmas is in midsummer. Happily, I no longer have to do that, not least because the postage could cost more than the presents. My daughter starts buying presents for her five children and large extended family quite early so that she can spread the cost. Once again, she can take advantage of sales and special offers with reduced prices.

Armynanny Wed 22-Oct-14 20:50:22

I think Christmas here starts far too early. There is too much build up and when it arrives I feel it's an anti climax. In The Canary Islands they seem to get things in the shops about 3/4 weeks before Christmas which I prefer. We put our decorations/tree up about a week before and take them down on New Years day. I prefer Easter.

Ps how do I add smilies etc on here? I've tried what they say but don't think it works flowers