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Old 11-24-2018, 08:52 AM   #1
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11-24-18 Question of the Day!

When will you start decorating your home for Christmas?
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Do you have your Christmas tree up?
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Old 11-24-2018, 08:56 AM   #2
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I'll start sometime this coming week. We have a small tree that I'll get out with the decorations. The big tree won't be done until just before Christmas.
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Old 11-24-2018, 09:16 AM   #3
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I usually don't do much decorating, wreath on the door and a small tabletop tree, but this year we're hosting Christmas dinner so I'll be working on it a little bit here and there in my spare time. Haven't had a big tree up in the house for several years so I'm looking forward to putting it up next to our new fireplace. We've done a lot of renovating this year so it'll be fun to decorate.
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My son did get the our little tree put together, but I am still fluffing it up. Will get some lights on it soon. Plus I need to go through the decorations, I have accumulated way too many over the years. I may wait until my college son comes home on December 12th to decorate the tree.
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I decorated the inside of the house yesterday, except for the tree which we are getting tomorrow. DH will put the lights up outside this weekend.
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we have some lights up outside, nothing inside the house yet.
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I got my village out yesterday and put it on the mantle. Also put out my snowman collection. I’m not sure yet when I’ll get out that rest of the decorations and the tree.
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I'll start decorating this week, but we'll wait a few weeks to get the tree.
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I don't do seasonal or holiday decor. So, I haven't and wont be starting to decorate and I don't have nor will I be getting a tree.
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I don't put up my tree until the first weekend in December. I might put the lights up outside tomorrow. There aren't a lot and I have to take down the Thanksgiving/Harvest decorations anyway.
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I put the tree up today and sometime next week I will do the rest of the decorating.
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Our decorations and tree are up and have been for a week. We were hosting Thanksgiving this year, so I wanted my home to look festive.
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