When’s too early to start decorating for Christmas?


Sasha Jacobs

Holiday lights wrapped around a pumpkin and a mini Christmas tree

Christmas decorations. A widely debated topic. Some think that Thanksgiving is the perfect time for Christmas trees and reindeer but others think that houses should be decorated from top to bottom with festive lights in October.

Some people strongly believe that Christmas should be celebrated as early as possible. Some people put their decorations up right after Halloween. Milo Calloway, a student from Lafayette, is one of these people. His family puts up decorations just days after the spooky holiday.

While others are throwing out pumpkins, he’s already got a Christmas tree up. “That way, we don’t have to set it up because we usually travel. Christmas is my older sister’s favorite holiday, so she likes decorating early. We like decorating the tree early, too,” he says.

Others believe that Thanksgiving deserves it’s time to shine, separate from Christmas and all other holidays. Ms. Lairson says she usually sets hers up after Thanksgiving. “Sometimes I do it before, but I like to make room for Thanksgiving,” she says.

Lafayette English teacher Mrs. McPherson agrees. She says, “We always wait until after Thanksgiving. I love Thanksgiving and I feel like it always gets rushed over.” She also said that it’s when she has the most time to set everything up.

Then there are people who don’t have a specific time in which they decorate. Holidays like Hanukkah don’t fall on the same days every year. Tessa Franklin ,a student at Lafayette, celebrates Hanukkah.

“We set it up on the first day of Hanukkah, which changes every year. Sometimes it’s before Thanksgiving and sometimes it starts on Christmas day. This year it starts on November 29th.” she explains.

Either way, everyone should be free to decorate however and whenever they want. As long as it makes you happy, don’t let anyone tell you you’re wrong. No matter what you celebrate, here at The Times, we wish you an early Happy Holidays.