How Early Is Too Early To Put Up Christmas Lights?

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Some people seem to be getting into the holiday spirit earlier and earlier each year. It’s not even Thanksgiving yet, but lawns are already littered with Christmas decorations.

“Snowmen already, reindeer in the yard, lights up already,” one woman said. “It’s too early.”

So how early is too early? Several people in Philadelphia had passionate responses to the question.

“Too early is like right now.”

“You know, lets digest our turkey then do Christmas. You gotta think about it. You can’t just go and skip Thanksgiving!”

“Give Thanksgiving a chance!”

“There is no reason for Christmas decorations, it’s not even Thanksgiving yet!  Why do you want your electric bill to be so high like right now?”

Others say it’s never too early to get into the holiday spirit.

“They call me the Christmas woman! I got lights on my lawn. I got over 1500 lights I put up.”

What do you think? Please let us know in the comment section below.

Reported by Hadas Kuznits, KYW Newsradio 1060

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  • Mary

    I just turned mine on tonight. People seem to be in grumpy moods and Christmas lights are joyful, so I’m hoping to spread some happiness. To each their own!

  • Donna Lauria

    I have a problem seeing Halloween AND Christmas decorations out together. Too bizzare!

    The ad campaigning gets earlier and earlier every year. In years past radio station B101.1 FM starting playing Christmas music on or around November 19th; this year WJBR 99.5FM beat them by four days. STOP THE MADNESS I SAY!!!

    My personal preference is to decorate Thanksgiving weekend. That’s when the Christmas season officially begins – and Santa arrives on his sleigh in the Macys’ Thanksgiving Day parade!

  • Joanne Lullio-Morris

    Way too early, it isn’t even Thanksgiving yet. December 1, is soon enough.

  • Heleninseattle

    Personal preference. I know some people who have to get them up early because their weather can easily get too bad to do it later. Some of them put things up but don’t turn them on until after Thanksgiving. I can see that.

    I don’t do anything for Christmas except maybe buy gifts as I find them until after Turkey has been digested. That’s how we always did it when I grew up. We used to get our tree a couple weeks before Christmas. That’s what works for me.

  • Pat

    It’s way too early…It’s not necessary. Life moves fast already without our help!

  • ALeahy

    I think it’s a personal preference. Everyone just might have a reason for why they choose to decorate early. I have not always been a huge Thanksgiving person. I lost both of my parents within 11 days of eachother this year and while I will not light my outdoor lights until black Friday, I am still decorating the inside of my house early. Even though it will be done early, it will be a reminder to me to enjoy the season and not to be sad without them. I also use it personally as a reminder to myself to remember my faith and the reason for the season.

  • Elayne Cipolla

    I understand people wanting to put up the lights and decorations outside early while the weather is still fairly cooperative. I wish folks would just wait until the day after Thanksgiving before turning them on, though. By the time Christmas Day arrives, I’m rather sick of looking at them. The same with early Christmas music. I love Christmas as much as the next person, but enough is as good as a feast. It’s a free country and if people have the money and want the extra expense of burning electricity, that’s their privilege. God bless them for wanting to bring some cheer to us passersby. Me, I’d just as soon wait another week or so.

  • Jennifer Domanico Bonomo

    It is just too early….we need to remember the real REASON FOR THE SEASON!!!! Let ‘s celebrate one holiday at a time and remember the importance of each holiday! Right now, we should be focused on Thanksgiving right now…and then after that celebration…bring on CHRISTmas!!!!

  • Olney Falcon

    I agree with Ms. Chudnofsky… Yesterday our Walmart was playing Christmas Carols… I found it irritating… Probable intention is to get people to spend more money, meanwhile it dilutes the specialness of this very Special time of year…

  • KH

    It is not too early.My lights are up on the house and lit.I also listen to the Christmas music on the radio.It brings joy and hapiness in my life after the year I had.

  • Kathy Chudnofsky

    I remember when you saw no Christmas decorations or store displays until the day after Thanksgiving. We should go back to that because it made the season so much more special.

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