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Wow well a few houses already have their full Christmas lights/decorations up already. Too early for me I'd be fed up by mid December. When do you put you outside/inside decorations up?We have a real tree every year so usually round week before Christmas it goes up and stays til 12th night. ......
Fake here, have the fibre optic ones as I really find the subtle lights changing very restful/
But again not much more than a week before Christmas, at the very least it should be December before any Christmas decorations etc are in evidence.
23.11.16 18:30 GMT
Our tree and other decorations go up on Christmas Eve and come down on Twelfth Night.
23.11.16 18:45 GMT
I put up as little as possible as late as possible, wouldn't have bothered this year, but both the children are coming to spend a few days with us. Ok, I know, I'm a right old grinch.
I usually get the tree up fairly early in December, but I'm going to be so busy with puppies I'm not sure I'll get much more than a bit of tinsel thrown around the lounge!
We normally put ours up as close to December 1st as possible, but this year we're doing it the second weekend in December. The shops rush Christmas at us in November, so much so that I'm sick to death of it by the time it comes. It seems worse this year.
Beginning of December suits me.
We have a neighbour next door who usually COVERS the front of his property with lights which flash on and off - from the end of NOVEMBER. Thankfuly they are currently over in America so we've not had them up - yet. We don't see them too much as the road bends but the reflection can be seen, if we look, in the windows of the properties opposite. It's ridiculous because they are a retired couple, with grown up children who don't live there!! It's quite out of keeping for the street too. As for us, IF we have a tree, which here we don't as there's nowhere to put it, it didn't go up until Christmas Eve and down on 12th night. Very traditional us
I have also seen a house in my village with an inside tree up. They are going to be so fed up with it by Christmas.
Also lots of outdoor lights
Our outdoor lights go up the first week of December, and the tree about a week before Xmas. Saying that, last year we ended up with a poor selection as we had obviously gone too late. This year I'm going to get it earlier and put it in a bucket of water in the garage.
Even my 11 year old was saying last night that Christmas starts too early.
We have a neighbour next door who usually COVERS the front of his property with lights which flash on and off - from the end of NOVEMBER. Thankfuly they are currently over in America so we've not had them up - yet. We don't see them too much as the road bends but the reflection can be seen, if we look, in the windows of the properties opposite. It's ridiculous because they are a retired couple,
Don't be so serious MamaBas, lighten up a bit
24.11.16 11:56 GMT
I have already given my first presents and card out on the 4 th November, before the shouting begins I was at working and pastoral breeds of Scotland and a friend came down to the show as well and we exchanged presents saving postage and enabling you to give breakable items. The tree first weekend of December and then the wrapping begins with items under the tree cards and presents to be posted by the 10th at the latest.
"My glass is always half empty."
Sorry to read this Mamabas.
Be more dog. For them the glass is always full! (Of sausages, probably)
Some of the LED lights are so bright
I brought some blue indoor lights last year we switched them on and omg! 5 minutes later in box and back they went. I needed sunglasses to look at that blue tree....
We used to have road a few miles from us quite famous for Christmas lights on every house raising money for charity and 1 ice cream van.... slowly a hot dog van, a jacket potato van turned up on other roads to charge visitors! It has now stopped as the residents after 12 years felt others were cashing in and not getting into the spirit of Christmas goodwill.
I'm for once all done and dusted re presents easy as both boys wished household present as did skills in full force. Grandson aged 1 on Sunday so a small present for birthday and one bike for Christmas....I watched today people trudging with lists and I thought it's a shame people feel they have to get into debt for Crimbo?
24.11.16 19:06 GMT
I'm fond of the perspective that even if the glass is all empty, it can be refilled!
Do the neighbours know how annoying you find the flashing? That would drive me nuts, maybe a quiet word might help. Last year the people opposite my elderly friend put up flashing lights and it drove my friend crackers - in the end I had a word with the woman and she'd had no idea. It was sorted out that evening and the lights were just on constant from that point on.
> Do the neighbours know how annoying you find the flashing?
No. I've never spoken to them about that but it's a good idea, if, when they return from America, it all goes up again. A constant light would be pretty. All this flashing (lights
) is not.
25.11.16 10:48 GMT
No, I find it hideous! Especially the blue ones. Those things go through me.
There's also a more dangerous aspect to those flashing lights - some people who suffer with epilepsy, could be put into a fit if they watch them. I'm not, but my niece is so I'm rather aware of this connection.
A lot of lights on bikes these days are very bright and flash very quickly. I always wonder if they could set off an epileptic fit.
Much prefer a constant light on bikes.
25.11.16 18:04 GMT
I'm torn with bike lights. I prefer the constant ones as the flashing ones drive me nuts buts, the flashing ones stand out much more among the other constant lights of cars, motorbikes etc so makes the push bikes more often. My night vision is not what it was so that really helps me tell them apart. But they are still annoying and distracting!
25.11.16 18:33 GMT
Hubby a keen cyclist and has a steady front light but a red flashing rear light so his seen more. He wears a high visibility jacket and has a high visibility velcro strap on cycle so can be seen too..
The brightness of the blue led lights do trigger mI grains for me.....
I wonder about the high electric costs can people afford it? Plus is it a drain on existing resources?
I don't mind a few outside lights but the whole house decorated seems ott to me.....
A few years ago someone almost opposite me had a wall full (or so it seemed) of blue flashing lights. There were several elderly people living here then and the reflections on my living room wall were like ambulance lights so had a few worrying moments.
> There were several elderly people living here then and the reflections on my living room wall were like ambulance lights so had a few worrying moments
Not so funny really and something I can identify with - we live in an area with a lot of elderly people around. In fact when we moved in we were warned that the biggest excitement up here was when the GP car went past, followed by the ambulance and then a bit later on, the hearse. This isn't untrue either. So yes, a blue light does get us alarmed.
27.11.16 14:16 GMT
Sometimes less is more. You can have a very nice outside sophisticated look with some nice white lights and a few decorations.
Over in Canada where this was very much 'done', we have two floodlights in the snow, one red and the other green, set up to hi-light the property. I liked to think that added a bit of klass to the area
27.11.16 16:27 GMT
I'm another Mrs Grumpy, not much to be cheerful about this Christmas and I hate the blue lights, we stopped doing presents except for the grandchildren and that takes a load of stress off, I doubt our decorations will be coming out of the box at this rate!
omg every year we get the round table round with Father Christmas in his sleigh and knocking doors to collect. Usually we pull the first week very early December our estate others luckily get the 18th last sleigh pull.Tonight,yes To night its been round it's NOT December! What on earth is wrong with this make Christmas happen in July mode?
Not a killjoy but please let me have a break from Halloween /Bonfire night early celebrations and enjoy a build up from December. What with Heros/Roses/Celebration mountains in supermarkets and tons of chocolate oranges,mince pies what have I got to look forward too?
I must also be one of the few.....Christmas eve to 12th night..however this year we will be missing Christmas and so will have it the 1st weekend of January when we get back...so my decorations will go up next weekend and come down the 2nd week of January....I do not think I'd be able to source turkey in India so will do a full meal when I get back - it's what I have looked forward to all flaming year - the rest of it has sucked!
The local lions club has Santa and sleigh round the villages. It usually arrives here in the first week of December. It often was the 6th and, as that was my daughter's birthday, when she was younger she got Santa for both her birthday and Christmas
I'm wondering when we will see the first boxing day sale adverts! I recall last year one on the 23rd! We hadn't even had Christmas Eve let alone dinner.
Too often advertising spoils the season buy chronic early bombardment of adverts please let me enjoy the Christmas Day and early evening then show an advert
12.12.16 23:05 GMT
Felt very enthusiastic end of November,tree went up, lights went up about 2 weeks ago,decorations still in box though...really must make an effort.
Ouch hope you make a speedy recovery. Sending positive vibes and tlc wishes
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