TWO Sides to TOO Soon for Christmas Decor!

Real Estate Agent with Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage

Already this morning I've read two posts about "early" Christmas trees, lights and decor, both of which disappointed me.

One in the US, stating the trees should not go up until after Thanksgiving. . .


(which I personally found disgusting!)

and the other from Canada, in an attempt to prevent businesses from selling the goods until after Remembrance Day on the 11th November.


What I found quite interesting was the first 2 comments on the news article which, to me, says it all:

1.  As a veteran I am not opposed to a store owner displaying his/her merchandise at any time, it is for that reason I put on the uniform and did my duty so that we as a free people can make decisions on our own without interference, the business person makes their plans that best meets the needs of his enterprise and his/her customers, emotion seldom comes into play, I would have it no other way........

2.  Just playing devils advocate - my brother (who is in the military for 10+ years) is home from a tasking (deployment) for only 2 weeks and will be celebrating Christmas with his 2 toddler children this weekend since he will not actually be home for Christmas. They put a tree up the day after Halloween. Not conventional - but it is the best he can do to make happy memories with my nieces. Try not to pass judgment on all before finding out the back story.


Personally, I don't get my act together until the 12 Days of Christmas but only because I'm crazy busy and just never seem to get to it as early as others can.

However, I would love to see the white twinkly lights up all year long.  They're festive, they're cheery, they're magical . . .

People react warmly to the decor unless they are the usual curmudgeon who yells at the kids to "Get off my lawn".

Before you let loose with all the too early verbiage, STOP and think about all the many reasons why someone might feel the need to celebrate in their own time. 

It says far more about you then them!

Not all people will publicly share their reasons and they shouldn't have to! 

This year, can you not just stop, smile at the beauty of the season and try and think of why someone has put their decorations up when the time is right for them instead of thinking why it is wrong to you?  

My heart goes out to this family:


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Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning Susan,

It is not for us to question without knowing all the circumstances.

Too many try to tell a business how to run it, how much they should pay and when and what to advertise and when without a penny invested!

Make yourself a great day.

Nov 01, 2015 11:48 PM #1
Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

Good Morning  Raymond E. Camp   I've found too many people far too vocal about things of which they know nothing!   My request is that people STOP and think first.

Nov 01, 2015 11:51 PM #2
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Susan, Judgment is not good any time of year. My only peeve about lights is that if people do leave them up all year round ... then light them up for all to enjoy

Nov 02, 2015 01:07 AM #3
Tom White
Franklin Homes Realty LLC (615) 495-0752 or - Franklin, TN
Franklin Homes Realty LLC, Franklin TN

Hi Susan, we put our decorations up on Thanksgiving weekend but I don't mind if folks decide to put them up earlier. I agree with Kathleen Daniels , judging others is just plain a bad idea...

Nov 02, 2015 01:45 AM #4
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Susan, What, the stores have free rein to totally disrupt the natural progression of the calendar and roll out Christmas well before Halloween?  It's totally illogical!!

Nov 02, 2015 04:16 AM #5
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Hi Susan Emo , For the last 2 seasons, we have had storms right after Thanksgiving. I couldn't put up the outside lights until the weather broke on December 15th.  This week is predicted at 70 degrees.  I will put up the lights on the house and roof now, so I won't have to deal with snow and ice.  I refuse to light them until after Thanksgiving though.

I agree with you about putting up decorations early. Everyone has their own stories.

Nov 02, 2015 06:47 AM #6
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

And they wonder why I love ya so much!

Nov 02, 2015 06:52 AM #7
Ralph Gorgoglione
Maui Life Homes / Metro Life Homes - Kihei, HI
Hawaii and California Real Estate (310) 497-9407

When I see Christmas decorations going up in department stores in JULY, then I know we're all doomed.......

Nov 02, 2015 10:24 PM #8
Bruce Kunz
C21 Solid Gold Realty, Brick, NJ, 732-920-2100 - Howell, NJ
REALTOR®, Brick & Howell NJ Homes for Sale

Hi Susan Emo . If people weren't buying based on the early decorating, stores wouldn't be doing it - so who am I to criticize?  Let alone individual reasons to 'celebrate out of the norm'. It's not even on my list of things to be concerned about. 

Live and let live is a good category for this topic.

Thanks for sharing,


Nov 03, 2015 12:13 AM #9
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

Kathleen Daniels hit the nail on the head IMO, have a great day Susan.

Nov 04, 2015 12:43 AM #10
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Noah Seidenberg  and Susan Emo  - thank you for your kind words.

Nov 04, 2015 01:01 AM #11
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

Our lights are up on the house because we had some exceptional weather. I'm sure we won't light them until after Thanksgiving though.

Nov 07, 2015 10:39 PM #12
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Christmas is something I generally start decorating for right after Halloween because I really like the warmth it gives the house.  

Nov 09, 2015 05:08 AM #13
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