The tradition of putting up and decorating a Christmas tree is a festive activity that everyone looks forward to, and one that really instils the festive spirit. Generally, we all put up our Christmas trees sometime in the coming weeks or days before Christmas day. However, there are many traditions and beliefs regarding the best time to start decorating your home for Christmas. If you’re wondering when to put your Christmas tree up, this article may help.
Where Does The Christmas Tree Tradition Come From?
The tradition of a Christmas tree is said to originate in Germany during the middle ages, from as early as the 14th century. German Protestant Christians began bringing decorated trees into their homes around this time. However, the time when the Christmas tree became increasingly popular was during the second half of the 19th century.
The early Christmas trees were decorated with roses made from coloured paper, apples, wafers and tinsel. Moravian Christians began to light their Christmas trees with candles which were usually replaced later on with Christmas lights. Today we decorate Christmas trees with garlands, ornaments, baubles and tinsel. An angel or star is often placed on top of the tree to represent the Angel Gabriel or the Star of Bethlehem.
When To Put Up A Christmas Tree
In western traditions, Christmas trees are put up at different times throughout December. You can expect to see them go up from the 1st of December to as late as the afternoon of the 24th of December, depending on the country. Some Christians put up Christmas decorations as soon as Halloween ends. The real Christmas enthusiasts use the 1st of November as the start of the festive season, and begin putting up their trees and decorations then.
Many Christians go by the date on which the Church commences celebrating the pending birth of Jesus on Christmas day, the beginning of Advent. ‘Advent’ begins on the first of four Sundays that come before Christmas Day. This date generally falls between 27 November and 3rd December, meaning by this tradition, any date after the 27th of November would be the best time to start putting up your Christmas decorations and Christmas tree. In some countries, the last weekend of November is the most suitable time to put up your Christmas tree.
If you’re still wondering when you should put up your Christmas tree, there is really no best date to start your Christmas decorating. As stated above, the weekend of the 27th of November is a socially acceptable time to start putting your tree and decorations up. The 1st of December also seems like an ideal time with it being the first day of the ‘holiday season.’ Generally, Christmas trees are taken down between the 5th and 7th of January, but it is also up to you and your family traditions.
Regardless of when your Christmas tree is going up, you’ll want to put it up in a clean home. Book a professional cleaning service and have your home cleaned expertly by a SweepStar for the Christmas celebrations, so you can focus more of your time on decorating your home and Christmas tree.