The Lifelong Debate | When to Put Your Holiday Lights Up

Christmas holiday lights
The holidays are just around the corner and if you’re like some people, you’re already listening to Christmas music and you may already have or want to put your Christmas lights up. So, when is the “right” time to put your lights up? It’s a lifelong debate that may never have a right answer, but we can at least talk about the ” acceptable time” to put your holiday lights up and take them down.

The “acceptable” time to put your holiday lights up

Although it may be frowned upon to put your lights up before Halloween or Thanksgiving, the day after Thanksgiving seems to be the “acceptable” time to put your lights up. Give the other holidays their day! If you live in the colder climates, you may want to put your lights up during the warmer weather, which can sometimes be before Halloween. We think this is perfectly acceptable to put them up earlier than Thanksgiving, but wait until after the other holidays have passed to turn them on.

The “acceptable” time to take your holiday lights down

For some, the day after Christmas means it’s time to take down your decorations, for others, they wait until after new years. It is acceptable to take them down anytime between just after Christmas and Three Kings Day, which is Saturday, January 6th. Three Kings Day marks the end of the 12 days of Christmas, so for some, anytime right after the end of the 12 days is the perfect time to take them down. Leaving them up until Valentine’s Day is definitely too long!

Either way, be conscious of your neighbors and the potential grinches nearby. Use your best judgement when putting up your holiday lights!

Now, we want to hear from you! When do you think it’s acceptable to put holiday lights up and when to tear them down? Let us know in the comments below!

Check out our post last year with ideas for decorating your apartments for the holidays:
Decorating your Apartment for the Holidays!

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