The Christmas tree has become an integral part of celebrating the season of giving; seeing decorated trees all around serves as a reminder that the most wonderful time of the year is here. However, you might ask: when do you put up a Christmas tree? The answers to this question will vary—some answers are deeply rooted in Christmas traditions, while others are a result of modernization. Take a look at the most common timeline for keeping your Christmas tree up in this post from Tree Classics.
When Should You Put up Your Christmas Tree?
- Christmas Eve
In classic Catholic tradition, Christmas trees are put up after noon on Christmas Eve to anticipate the feast of Christmas, which starts with the celebration of Midnight Mass.
- After Thanksgiving
In modern America, it has become more common for people to start putting up and decorating their Christmas trees on the weekend after Thanksgiving, which falls on the fourth Thursday of November. This date also overlaps with the biggest shopping dates of the year.
- Immaculate Conception
The Feast of the Immaculate Conception, celebrated on December 8th, marks the day when many people from Italy and many parts of Latin America take their trees out of storage.
- The Feast of Saint Nicolas
In some Western Christian countries, observers put up their trees on the 6th of December to honor the Feast of Saint Nicholas.
- December 13
In some communities, Christmas trees are put up on the 13th of December, 12 days before Christmas day, and taken down 12 days after.
- Start of Advent
Some people also start decorating their trees on The First Sunday of Advent, the Sunday nearest the Feast of Saint Andrew the Apostle (November 30).
When Should You Take down Your Christmas Tree?
Many people around the world take their tree down near the end of the 1st week of January. People from North America, Latin America, and many countries in Europe start putting their Christmas décor away on the 5th, 6th, or 7th of January. These dates coincide with holidays like the 12th Night, the Epiphany, and the Feast of the Three Kings, among others.
So, when do you put up a Christmas tree and when do you take it down? Well, it will always be a matter of personal preference and convenience, so take these dates as simple guidelines rather than strict rules to follow. What dates you do you prefer and why? Share your answers with us in the comments section below.