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Is November too early for Christmas decorations?


With the Christmas season starting earlier every year, how soon is too soon to start trimming up?

A family hanging Christmas decorations on a tree

With shops and TV adverts promoting the festive season even before the end of summer, it can be difficult to resist getting involved sooner than you'd planned.

But when is the right time to dust down the Christmas decorations from the attic and start transforming your home?

Getting in the festive spirit

Most see the start of December onwards as being the most acceptable time to trim up. 

But there are still a lot of people out there whose Christmas begins in November.

It's never too early for Christmas songs.

Some people just can't wait for the festive season.

And once those red cups hit, you know it's time...

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"I put my Christmas decorations up in October"

There's no-one more enthusiastic about Christmas than Paul Toole, 40, from Wells in Somerset, who admits putting up his decorations in October.

Toole, a freelance entertainer who was the star of Channel 4 documentary 'The King of Christmas Lights', says: "I normally start putting up my lights a couple of days before Halloween.

"But then I have a lot of work to do. The previous year it took me five weeks to put up 60,000 LED lights, which cost me around £10,000.

Paul Toole posing outside his Christmas grotto

"Christmas is such a wonderful time of the year, I don’t know how anyone wouldn't be in the spirit for putting up decorations," adds Toole.

"But you don't want people to think you are a loony.

"I would say that from 1 December, which is when you would first open your advent calendar, is the best time to get them up."

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Avoid decorating mishaps

Be careful - if you've got as many as 60,000 LED bulbs to light up, you’ll soon be left in the dark if something goes wrong.

Gareth Lane, head of home insurance at, says: "The party season brings with it an increased risk of accidents in the home, with decorations sometimes providing more than just a little extra sparkle.

"Remember to decorate with care to reduce chances of an accident. And don't overload electrical sockets when using Christmas fairy lights, as this can be a fire risk."

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November is too early for Christmas

According to an poll carried out in 2015 by, over 86% of people believe that November is too early to put up your decorations. 

So, it appears that December is the most socially acceptable time to get into the festive spirit.

And if the good people of Twitter are to be believed, there are many that support this.

Bah, humbug!

This could earn you a place on the naughty list.

But it always comes back to those #redcups...

First published 01 November 2015


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