Christmas Decorations!!

Soldato
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Main Christmas tree goes up Christmas Eve and is a family activity that starts Christmas proper. Then becomes family film, wine, cheese and merriment. It seems that Christmas is all foreplay and no event these days.

Very little foreplay before the main event is just as bad ;)
 
Soldato
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I must admit, I HATE having the decorations go up too early.
Every year my wife makes it earlier and earlier.
I was explicit last year when I told her that I wouldn’t be getting a tree until at the very earliest the second week of December this time.

she already thinks she is going to drag me out to get one this coming weekend and it’s not happening.
Her excuse is that we need to get one early in case they ‘run out’. Christ.

Why why why do people want to start so early??? Any little magic that remains is pretty much exhausted by the time Christmas Day arrives especially where the kids are concerned and the tree, no matter how hard you try, becomes a fairly insignificant, slightly drooping and dried out inconvenience in the corner of the room.
The magic is in the excitement of the day, the rich reds and greens, the presents beneath the tree and the fun the kids have.
As someone has already said, it’s all about the foreplay these days - all shopping and spending and then come Christmas Day, it’s all just a bit of a let down. Short bursts of magic will have a much greater impact on us emotionally than a drawn out and commercialised Christmas bore fest.

I remember I used to moan at my dad every year, can we get the tree now, can we get the tree now!!!?? He would always say no and make us wait so that when we got it, decorated it and sat back with the lights off and the Christmas lights on, you knew, right then, that Christmas had started.
 
Don
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I remember I used to moan at my dad every year, can we get the tree now, can we get the tree now!!!?? He would always say no and make us wait so that when we got it, decorated it and sat back with the lights off and the Christmas lights on, you knew, right then, that Christmas had started.

Goddamn I love that sentiment, just hit me with a lovely warm wave of nostalgia.

My lass is like yours it seems, our tree is up no later than the first sat of December - and it's not worth saying otherwise!
 
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Less is more. Always used an artificial tree as the smell of real ones make me feel sick. As experienced when visiting friends and family when they have a real tree.

Also with an artificial tree, go for green. Not white, pink etc as looks Chav.

It’s up to you if you want to decorate outside your home. If everyone has light up blow up Santas and icicle lights, you will look out of place without them.
 
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been considering a real tree for the very first time
I think one in a pot would be good as it can be re-planted outside but just how much mess do they make? do leaves and bits start falling off and which type of tree would you reccomend~?
 
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Charity shops are good places as some people donate decs if they change colour schemes or downsize their home and therefore downsize their decs so donate their excess baubles etc to charity.
 
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