Halloween is over, Remembrance Day has been commemorated and now all that stands between you and your beloved Christmas tree are the haters who say that November is way too early to put up that pine.
If you’re investing in a real tree this year they may have a point — the freshest of trees only last about four weeks with proper maintenance before they dry out, and everyone knows that a dry fir is a formula for fire.
However, if you’ve got one of those equally gorgeous fake trees that have hit the market in recent years and you just can’t wait to spruce up your pad with that spruce, here are a few reasons we say go for it.
Santa Claus is in town anyhow
Santa has made his list and checked it twice, and already made his big debut at annual Christmas parades around Canada. In fact, Saint Nick is also settled into a mall near you where anxious parents are lining up with their impeccably dressed children waiting to snap an Instagram-worthy photo. If the big guy is ready for the festivities, why shouldn’t you be?
It will help you embrace the cooler weather
Snow can be nice, but do you know what sucks? The blistering cold. Know what makes it suck a little bit less? Coming into a warmly lit house resplendent with cheery décor and pretty lights. Somehow, you can’t help but feel a little bit warmer (and snuggly) when your living room boasts such splendors.
All of the good decorations are still available
It never fails – if you wait too long to pick up some new ornaments, garland or other Christmassy cheer, odds are all of the good decorations will be gone. If you want to get the prettiest things to add to your collection, it’s like they say: the early bird gets the worm.
You can take your time
When you start decorating your house and tree early enough, it’s an enjoyable activity that you can do at your leisure while watching Christmas movies on TV and sipping on some boozy hot chocolate. When you leave it until the last minute, however, it can quickly become a rushed and stressful activity that leaves absolutely no joy in your life.
It may motivate you to start shopping
We hate busy malls almost as much as we hate the blistering cold (that’s why online shopping has become such a hit in recent years). But once your tree is up, you may be inspired to start early. And if you start early enough then you know you can take your time with your shopping and avoid some of those rushes. All of the good stock will be left, which means you may actually be able to find the perfect present for Kris Kringle after all.
It adds to the excitement
For some reason it usually seems like Christmas comes and goes in the blink of an eye. For those of us who love it, that’s a real shame. That’s why we’re all for extending the holidays and adding to the overall excitement by getting the decorations up earlier rather than later. Prolonged enjoyment equals maximum enjoyment, after all.
It makes you happy
Here’s the bottom line: if putting your up damned decorations makes you happy then why care what anyone else thinks anyhow? We say put them up and then sit back to enjoy them however long you like. ‘Tis the season, and as T-Swift would say, haters gonna hate anyhow.