It is hard not to get enthusiastic about the onset of the holiday season, in large part because with the holidays comes the opportunity to decorate the home more festively than any other time of year. In fact, many Americans very much enjoy the process of getting their exterior decorations up so they can begin illuminating the neighborhood with Christmas cheer, but etiquette doesn’t always allow these people to give in to their enthusiasm too early in the season.

So when is the right time to hang your holiday lighting? While there are no laws that dictate when lights go up, there are a few unspoken rules that come along with exterior holiday decorations.

Don’t Set up Too Early

The biggest faux pas is hanging exterior Christmas lights entirely too early. While “too early” obviously is a subjective phrase, there almost certainly will be a large faction of your neighborhood that will be upset with you if the decorations go up too soon.

The Day After Thanksgiving?

How long should the wait be? Many people wait until the day after Thanksgiving to put up their exterior decorations. This signals the end of one major holiday and opens the door for most people to fully embrace the next one. At Christmas Creations, we prefer to start putting up lights early. This gives our clients and their families the ability to enjoy their decorations for as long as possible. You want to get at least a solid month out of those decorations, but preferably more.

The Family Traditional Date

Some families have a traditional date for hanging the Christmas decorations. For some, that may fall on the weekend after Thanksgiving, it may fall sometime after Halloween, it also may come a little later in the season. For example, perhaps a family Christmas occurs two weeks before Christmas every year, and you and your family like to hang exterior light as part of that gathering. Just remember that the later in the season you put up the lights, the sooner it will feel like you have to take them down all over again.

Let Weather Dictate the Time

Of course, the weather can put a wrinkle into your decorating plans at any time. If subzero temperatures or an onslaught of snow makes it impossible to hang your decorations at the ideal time, try to wait out the frightful weather and hang your decorations when it’s a little nicer outside. It is December, though, and it may never get “nicer,” so pick the best weather day you can, brave the cold, and get those lights up!

Whenever you decide to hang your exterior lights, Christmas Creations is always happy to help, especially with higher-tech decorations and hard-to-reach areas. If you need any help hanging your exterior lights this holiday season, give us a call and we’ll make arrangements to get your house looking perfect for the holidays—and at the perfect time!