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Old 12-02-2015, 10:06 AM
 
Location: Upstate NY 🇺🇸
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We do our Christmas decorating the first weekend in December. That's when the tree comes up (notice I said "comes up," not "goes up" lol), too.

We love fall, the pumpkins are still intact, and there's no need to rush Christmas.
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Old 12-02-2015, 11:15 AM
 
Location: Over yonder a piece
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We spent five days last week setting up our outdoor display - we are like the Griswalds in that regard. We're hoping to have the light and music show operating by this Saturday (we're waiting on one last piece of equipment to arrive).

As for the artificial vs real discussion - we have all artificial decorations. We've had the same artificial tree as our main tree for 17 years and it looks just as good this year as it did the first year we got it as newlyweds. We don't have artificial because we want perfection, so much as having fake trees means we can leave our stuff up much longer than if we had a real tree that required watering. We also have pets - so real trees would cause too much temptation even for our most well-behaved pooch or feline. I have the real Christmas spirit just as much as the person who uses only real stuff in their house.

I also don't think having artificial decorations means I've given into crass commercialism either. Because rather than buying new stuff every year, I spent money on garlands, trees and wreaths one time 17 years ago and haven't had the need to buy any more because they all still look lovely today. One could assume I've spent LESS on Christmas decorations over the last 17 years as a result of not having to buy new every year.
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Old 12-02-2015, 11:29 AM
 
Location: Eastern Oregon
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We have an indoor cat. She is entranced by anything related to Christmas - real/artificial trees, wreaths, swags, ornaments. For her safety and our sanity, we don't do trees. Wreaths and ornaments are okay as long as she can't reach them.

I think I am starting a Christmas light theme - various candles, old fashioned lanterns, etc. And greenery/pine cones. We live in a lodge themed log house, so I am trying for a look that "works" in this environment. We heat with a wood stove, which can really get warm and would dry things out so the greenery needs to be artificial.
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Old 12-02-2015, 11:40 AM
 
Location: Upstate NY 🇺🇸
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We have an indoor cat. She is entranced by anything related to Christmas - real/artificial trees, wreaths, swags, ornaments. For her safety and our sanity, we don't do trees. Wreaths and ornaments are okay as long as she can't reach them.

I think I am starting a Christmas light theme - various candles, old fashioned lanterns, etc. And greenery/pine cones. We live in a lodge themed log house, so I am trying for a look that "works" in this environment. We heat with a wood stove, which can really get warm and would dry things out so the greenery needs to be artificial.

That's adorable. We have a cat who's enthralled by the neighbors' lights. It's so cute watching him.

I simplified the decorations on our dining room buffet, and last year strung together 5 "candle" lights with twinkling bulbs of different colors. I intertwined about 6' of holly decorations to hide the cords. The cat loved it, especially with those being the only lights on at night, and we found him watching the lights, then sleeping in there! I'll be doing the same thing for him this year.
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Old 12-02-2015, 04:40 PM
 
Location: Wonderland
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I worry about your guest having to go in and see that thing then either decide to hold it or touch it. GROSS!
So far we haven't had a problem, and we'e lived here two years and had tons of company. You can free your mind of this worry, since you will not be visiting my home. Win/Win!
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Old 12-02-2015, 04:41 PM
 
Location: Wonderland
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Killer! and someone could hang themselves on those beads, too.
I know - and someone could get distracted trying to say "Laissez le bon temps rouler!" and slip and hit their head on the sink and die of a concussion!

It's a veritable minefield in my home. BEWARE.
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Old 12-02-2015, 04:42 PM
 
Location: Wonderland
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We spent five days last week setting up our outdoor display - we are like the Griswalds in that regard. We're hoping to have the light and music show operating by this Saturday (we're waiting on one last piece of equipment to arrive).

As for the artificial vs real discussion - we have all artificial decorations. We've had the same artificial tree as our main tree for 17 years and it looks just as good this year as it did the first year we got it as newlyweds. We don't have artificial because we want perfection, so much as having fake trees means we can leave our stuff up much longer than if we had a real tree that required watering. We also have pets - so real trees would cause too much temptation even for our most well-behaved pooch or feline. I have the real Christmas spirit just as much as the person who uses only real stuff in their house.

I also don't think having artificial decorations means I've given into crass commercialism either. Because rather than buying new stuff every year, I spent money on garlands, trees and wreaths one time 17 years ago and haven't had the need to buy any more because they all still look lovely today. One could assume I've spent LESS on Christmas decorations over the last 17 years as a result of not having to buy new every year.
Plus think of all the trees you've saved.
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Old 12-02-2015, 05:01 PM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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I know - and someone could get distracted trying to say "Laissez le bon temps rouler!" and slip and hit their head on the sink and die of a concussion!

It's a veritable minefield in my home. BEWARE.
Haha, I'd take my chances.
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Old 12-03-2015, 09:48 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn New York
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we have done little decorations in the living room and kitchen this year, along with a mini ceramic christmas tree with these sort of "lite brite" lights in them, (my grandmothers), so sentimentality came into play here, on a table in my kitchen. It looks nice and give it some sort of spirit this year.....

But, we deceided not to do a full Christmas tree this year, and not to put a damper on peoples holiday this year, but our friends daughter 12 years old who was cancer stricken since the age of 4 became an angel two weeks ago, so I, as a parent absolutley just cannot put a christmas tree up this year.
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Old 12-17-2015, 08:40 AM
 
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This past weekend we picked up our tree. The apartment smells great. I was off on Tuesday night and we played Christmas music, drank beer and decorated it. Then I took a nap and woke up at around 2 AM. Wrapped a bunch of presents. Dusted off the entertainment center and put the stockings up. The other day I had some 3-D sticker things and put them outside of my apartment door. I just put the rest up on the hideous floor-to-ceiling mirrors in the LR. There's a big snowflake on the apartment door and some other sticky things on the entryway mirror.

Oh right and we put our pretty table runner on the table. We still have a lot of crap in the LR, which annoys me, but BAH.

We might put up some more lights in the windows. No one will actually see them but .
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