Christmas tree with golden decorationsChristmas decorations have been in the shops for ages, but many traditions say they the tree and decorations shouldn’t be out until December.

Putting up decorations too early takes away some of the magic of Christmas, I feel. They are there so long they have less impact when Santa arrives – they become part of the backgorund.

I also think it is confusing for young children – they see decorations and trees and Santas so assume it is Christmas tomorrow – how hard it is to explain “no, Santa isn’t coming for another 2 or 3 months yet”. Frustrating for parents, too.

When do you put up a tree at home? Do you decorate the rest of the house as well?