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When should Christmas decorations go up?

Christmas tinsel

There's less than a month until Christmas and loads of towns have already got their trees and switched their festive street lights on.

But when do you put your Christmas decorations up at home?

Have you had them up for weeks, or do you wait until there's just a few days left to go?

And what's your favourite bit? Is it the lights, the tree and tinsel, or something completely different?

Maybe you don't decorate at all, or hate it because it causes arguments with your brothers and sisters!

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"I put my Christmas decorations up on the 1st day of December every year. People shouldn't listen to the jokes about bad luck, it's all a load of rubbish."

Samantha, 11, London, England

"My tree went up on the 29th of November. We normally put them up on the 1st of December but that was a school day. My decorations go up a week or so later."

Lucy, 9, London, England

"I always put them up 12 days before Christmas and take them down 12 days after Christmas."

Corbett, 11, London, England

"I think Christmas decorations should go up on the 1st of December, it starts the festive parties, and come down on the 3rd of January after having a great Christmas and New Year."

Molly, 11, Manchester, England

"I think Christmas deco's should go up a month before Christmas to let people get into the party mood."

Ashleigh, 13, Durham, England

"I think that Christmas lights should go up around the first weekend of December. I think they should come down in the New Year!"

Emma, 10, Birmingham, England

"They should be put up 12 days before Jesus's birthday. After all, that's what it's all about."

Bobby, 12, Glasgow, Scotland

"12 days before Christmas."

Calum, 12, Scotland

"I think that Christmas decorations should go up in November, which is nice and early because it lifts the spirits up and people then start to get ready for it!!!"

Sanaa, 13, London, England

"In my house we usually put up our decorations two weeks after the start of September but it is also a good idea to put them up on 1 December because that is the start of the Christmas season."

Amy, 11, Preston, England

"I think Christmas decorations should go up around 1 December and they should come down just after new year!"

Ella, 11, Cheshire, England

"I'm a Muslim so I don't celebrate Christmas. But I still give people cards and presents because Christmas is a festive celebration. I think you should put them up on 9 December."

Zarghona, 9, Sheffield, England

"I think that your decorations should go up two weeks be for Christmas some people put them up in November. How sad is that?"

Dominic, 10, Leicester, England

"I think Christmas decorations should go up around 1 of December and they should come down just after New Year!"

Ella, 11, Cheshire, England

"We put our decorations up around 12 of December but I think decorations should go up on 1 December, and stay up until the 12th day of Christmas."

Scarlett, 11, Colchester, England

"I think putting the decorations up in November is too early. We always put ours up on 1 December, but some of my friends don't put theirs up until Christmas Eve!! I couldn't wait that long! I don't know what my favourite bit is, it's just exciting to know that Christmas is coming soon!"

Loz, 12, England

"They should go up on 1 December for the start of Advent."

Katie, 10, Norfolk, England

"I put my Christmas decorations up on 1 December because then I find it more welcoming."

Jessica, 11, West Sussex, England

"Christmas decorations should go up in November and come down in January."

Elisebeth, 15, Oxford, England

"They should go up on 1 December for the start of Advent."

Class 4, age 10, Durham, England

"We do ours on the first week of December but in the shop we own we put them up on 17 November.

Chloe, 11, Bedfordshire, England

"I normally put mine up on the 8 December, but this year I think the shops are doing it a bit too early."

Aana, 9, Australia

"I think you should start putting up your Christmas decorations on 1 December. After all, that's when the festive season starts!"

Laura, 11, London, England

"I think that they should only go up two weeks before Christmas. What's the point of putting them up in November???"

Lauren, 12, Rochdale, England

"We put our decorations in the sitting room on 6 November, and our other decorations up tomorrow."

Michael, 12, Kent, England

"We put ours up on Friday. We usually do it as tradition on 1 December, but it's the first Christmas without my dad, and mum says that we have to find new traditions this year and that we all need a bit of Christmas spirit, so we put them up early. To us Christmas isn't about Jesus and stuff because we are atheists. It's about family and Santa and having a good time, and that's what we want to do this year :) We all needed a bit of cheering up so they've gone up early."

Maddy, 14, Wales

"Our family really gets into the Christmas spirit. We have already put all our decorations up and this year my dad has brought LOADS of flashing outdoor lights and a giant outdoor inflatable snowman! Our house is going to look fantastic!"

Tom, 12, Lincoln, England

"I think Christmas decorations should go up on the day before Christmas."

Charlotte, 7, Northampton, England

"Everybody is putting up decorations now - they must be off their rocker! Christmas isn't for quite a few days yet."

Anisah, 10, Edinburgh, Scotland

"Christmas isn't about Santa, it's about Jesus Christ. We don't bother putting up the tree or decorations up until last week of school."
Tomos, 12, Wales

"We don't put ours up until after my sister's birthday, which is on the 15th. The best bit is definitely the smell of the Christmas tree! It really gets you in the festive mood."

Jess, 13, Cambridge, England

"I think that people should only have decorations that are to do with the Nativity because Christmas is about celebrating the birth of Christ, not Santa. People take Christmas over the top and only think about the presents; it should be a day of celebrating the birth of Christ. So put trees up the week before Christmas."

Bella, 14, London, England

"Oh, we always put ours up later in December, about the 15th or so. I love putting them up, especially because my little bro and I have a small tree that we decorate and my mum has the big one but we usually help her. "

Monika, 14, Northamptonshire, England

"I think that Christmas decorations should be put up 10 days before Christmas."

Noah, 10, England

"My DAD has a birthday on the 8 December. We are not allowed to get ours up until the week after his birthday."

Anna, 9, Warwickshire, England

"I think decorations should go up about 11 December. I can't wait, and this year I get to put the star on the tree."

Helena, 11, Garforth, England

"I think early December. I think November and October are a little too early!"

Georgia, 10, Kent, England

"My sister and I both love Christmas, it is never too early to put up your Christmas decorations!"

Alice, 13, Cardiff, Wales

"We put ours out a week before and I think that is a reasonable time. This year, people are putting them out way too early."

Bethan, 9, Gloucester, England

"We put our tree up today! I know it's a bit early, but it's worth it because all the shops are empty if you leave it any longer!"

Jonathan 13, Rugby, England

"My dad put up the lights on 29 November and my family are getting our Christmas tree on Saturday 6 December."

James, 11, Macclesfield, England

"We put ours up about a week before Christmas. It really gets me excited, because I am always in charge of the tree. My mum and dad will put the streamer things and other decorations up and I do the tree by myself. I like it that way, but we only put things up inside."

Aisha, 12, Scotland

"I usually put up my decorations around 15 December and take them down after the New Year! I love putting up decorations. My favourite thing is the tinsel and putting the presents under the tree!"

Daisy, 10, Leicester, England

"We usually put our tree up two weeks before Christmas, but this time we are going to put it up on 4 December. Putting up the tree makes you get into the festive mood and I cannot wait for Christmas! I am counting down the days, actually!"

Alexa, 10, Hertfordshire, England

"I don't celebrate Christmas, but I think those who do celebrate should start as soon as they can as it will save them a lot of time and energy."

Nandita, 11, Dubai, UAE

"I usually put mine up on the second Sunday of December, and our Christmas lights a bit earlier."

Megan, 9, Dundee, Scotland

"We usually put our tree and decorations up around 12 December. I don't see why shops start putting Christmas decorations up in October and early November."

Katy, 15, Edinburgh, Scotland

"I think decorations should go up the weekend after 1 December. I love the decorations being up because it gets you in a Christmassy mood!"

Adam, 12, Solihull, England

"My family always put our decorations up at the very start of December. My dad is getting our two trees out today and we'll be decorating over the next week or so. We get them out early so we actually have time to enjoy them before we take them down on the 12th day of Christmas!"

Cherri, 13, Liverpool, England

"I usually decorate the house with Christmas lights the first week of December. If you put them up 10 days before Christmas, there is no point in having any decorations. I have lots of decorations outside on my house, which include a snowman, Santa, soldier etc. It brightens up the road a lot and gets people into the Christmas spirit. I love to decorate the house because it gives me the Christmassy feel and I feel really cosy, and I like to play the Christmas music!!"

Nikita, 12, Somerset, England

"We got our tree yesterday, and we are decorating today! It's never too early to get into the festive spirit! My favourite part is the tree, being with family, but most importantly celebrating the birth of Our Saviour! :)"

Lucy, 11, London, England

"We usually put them up two weekends into December, but this year we are putting them up on the weekend of the 5th and 6th because my grandparents are coming down from Sunderland. On our local radio station though, a women who does the morning show put up Christmas decorations on the first weekend of November! I think that's just a little too early!"

Gwen, 14, Milton Keynes, England

"It's my birthday on 5 December and I think they should go up then because it is 20 days to Christmas."

Scarlett, 10, Hertfordshire, England

"My mum always sets a deadline of the first of December,but I'm always putting them up on the afternoon of the 30th!"

Callum, 10, Southampton, England

"I think December onwards is the time for decorations. Anyway Christmas is 26 days away!"

Sam, 12, Suffolk, England

"Nearly everyone in Banstead has their Christmas lights and decorations up but my mum says that we'll put them up next weekend.:(

Olivia, 10, Banstead, England

"I am putting my tree/decorations up today, 30 November, for tomorrow, 1 December, because that is when Christmas really begins."

Joshua, 11, Paignton, England

"I don't celebrate Christmas so I don't care, but I would put them up from about two weeks earlier. Then you don't have to worry about them later on through the month."

Hannah, 11, Kent, England

"I haven't put mine up yet. I haven't even got an advent calendar and tomorrow's the 1 December!"

Kirsten, 9, Cardiff, Wales

"I think you should put your Christmas decorations up around 2 December."

Sarah, 11, Surrey, England

"Why don't people just follow the saying 'put them up 15 days before Christmas'?!! It's stupid having them up now. It's still November!!""

Rebecca, 11, Manchester

"We are decorating the tree on Christmas Eve, but we will put the lights up soon."

Emmi, 11, Prague, Czech Republic

"I think that the Christmas decorations should be put up the week before Christmas, then people will get into the festive season."

Fab, 15, Crawley, England

"I have to wait until Christmas week before we put the decorations up!!"

Freya, 12, Maidstone, England

"I'm not excited about Christmas yet, but my mum got another tree and wants to put it up today. I think we should leave it until a bit later!"

Sandi, 12, Hereford, England

"Well, my birthday is on the 7th so I usually tell my parents to put them up the week after my birthday so that my house isn't all Christmassy for my birthday."

Natalie, 12, Watford, England

"My parents put them up 12 days before Christmas, and take them down 12 days after. I like putting up decorations because it makes me feel festive and gets me into the Christmas spirit!"

Gabrielle, 12, London, England

"We put our Christmas decorations up a week before Christmas. We don't go putting lights up outside our house or anything, we just keep things simple. Less is more!!"

Isobel, 13, Norfolk, England

"People should be able to freely put up their decorations as early as they want. We usually start decorating the house a week or so before Christmas, and take them down before we go back to school in January. My favourite bit is decorating the tree! We always have a real tree, because we don't like the artificial ones."

Bethany, 11, Leicester, England

"I think it's disgraceful putting them up so early. Our tree goes up on 20 December and we don't even bother with decorations. Christmas is about Jesus, not about silly flashing Father Christmas'!"

Freya, 12, Hampshire, England

"The decorations should go up now."

Shannon, 9, Grantham, England

"I think that Christmas decorations should go up at the beginning of December. I love helping to put the baubles and decorations onto the Christmas tree, it gives you the Christmas feel."

Milly, 13, Manchester, England

"We put our stuff up the Sunday before Christmas and then we take them down a week later."

Bethany, 13, Argyll, Scotland

"The tradition is the first week of December, but I don't think it really matters!"

Charley, 11, Brighton, England

"I put mine up the week before Christmas."

Louise, 10, Warwickshire, England

"No, we have not even got our tree up yet, we have only got two boxes of Christmas crackers. I think people just put up their Christmas things now because they want to make their house look pretty or they don't want to do it later on when it is nearly Christmas."

Molly, 9, Cheshire, England

"I haven't done the Christmas decorations yet. My dad wants it put up on Christmas Eve, but my sister and I want it NOW!!!"

Rosie, 14, Eastbourne, England

"I put my Christmas tree and decorations up yesterday."

Bridget, 11, Clayton, England