While it may never reach the level of controversy of how to hang the toilet paper roll or which way to load the dishwasher, the right time to put up the Christmas tree is a heavily-debated household topic.
There are answers to this question that depend on everything from Prince Albert to the opinion of tree growers to something called Adelaide Pageant Day.
Whether you’re undecided on the best time to put up your Christmas tree or are merely looking for reinforcement for your preferred date, at least one of these timing traditions is bound to work for you:
Forbidding the tree before turkeys
The ultimate etiquette authority, Miss Manners, doesn’t specify when you should put up the tree, but does note succinctly that it isn’t done before Thanksgiving.
The nouveau 12 days of Christmas approach
In days of yore, the 12 days of Christmas started with Christmas Day and wrapped up on Jan. 6, also known as the Feast of the Epiphany. Apartment Therapy suggests a more modern 12 Days of Christmas tree strategy, putting up the tree for around 12 days beginning in mid-December and taking it down right after Christmas.
This dovetails nicely with advice from the British Christmas Tree Growers Association, which noted in The Telegraph that while it’s cool to buy live trees from Dec. 1 onward, the middle of the festive season, around the third week of Advent, is a good compromise between putting the tree up immediately and waiting for Christmas E
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