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Christmas Decorations: How soon is too soon to deck the halls?

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As spooky season wraps up and preparations for Thanksgiving commence, a familiar intruder is already rearing its holiday head. That premature intruder is none other than Christmas decorations. Each year it seems Saint Nicholas and his heraldry make their appearance just a bit earlier. It’s no longer unusual to find the trappings of yuletide situated alongside Halloween treats long before the end of October. But how do folks feel about Christmas’ encroachment into other holiday seasons? We asked Americans across all 50 states how early they put up their Christmas decorations and if they would share their sentiments on Christmastime’s infringement on the holidays that precede it.

Christmas Decorations How Soon Is Too Soon

More than a few states are loaded with eager revelers who just can’t wait to get their decorations up. Residents of 12 states, including Illinois, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Utah claim they put their Christmas decorations up more than four weeks before the big day. On the other side of the coin, our nation’s procrastinators seem to have made their homes in the sunnier states. Nevada, Arizona, Florida, Hawaii, and Texas residents all told us they don’t adorn their homes until a week or less before Christmas day. Respondents from the majority of states, 32 to be exact, informed us their decorations go up somewhere between two and four weeks ahead of time. The average nationally was about 2.5 weeks prior to Christmas.

We also wanted to know the latest trends in Christmas tree preferences. Nationwide, 66.1% say they put up an artificial tree, compared to 30.6% who prefer a real tree and 3.3% who opt for a tree alternative. And what about taking down those strings of lights and inflatable snowmen? Most of us are just fine with how long our neighbors keep them on display, with only 28.6% sharing they feel their neighbors keep the Christmas decorations up for too long. 

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In November 2022, we surveyed 2,000 US residents who celebrate Christmas. The average age of respondents was 39.1 years and the average household income was $60,722.

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