The exact date tradition says you should put up your own Christmas tree

The holiday season may still be a long way off, but with less than 100 days to go, it will transform quickly.

Shops are already beginning to fill up with Christmas toys and gifts, while seasonal fare has begun arranging supermarket shelves in anticipation of the big day.

Buying gifts and stocking the cupboard with festive items is always at the top of your Christmas to-do list, but deciding when to put the Christmas tree is a task that’s often a highly debated one.

For some, the Christmas tree won’t appear until mid- to late December, while others like to start decorating much earlier to make the most of the festivities—particularly after a tough year that has seen families struggle with stress amid the cost of a living crisis.

If you’re already looking forward to the Christmas season and a fresh start next year, here’s what tradition says about the start of the festivities.

Christmas is now less than 100 days away (Image: Adobe)

When should I place my Christmas tree?

Traditionally, Christmas trees should be placed and decorated at the beginning of Advent, the season when Christians prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.

Advent begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas, known as Advent Sunday, and always ends on Christmas Eve (December 24). This means that Advent this year falls on Sunday, November 27.

So, if you’re craving to get your holiday decorations early, this is the earliest date dictated by tradition that you put up your tree.

However, the British Christmas Tree Growers Association recommends buying your tree at the beginning of December if you want it to last throughout the festive season.

The association says the trees can last up to four weeks if cared for properly, so if you buy them in November, you risk dropping pine needles and drooping tree branches by the time Christmas Day comes.

To be on the safe side, placing your tree a little later, like the first week of December, will help keep it looking healthy a little longer.

For those who aren’t excited to get their Christmas decorations early, there is another tradition in which people decorate their trees 12 days before the big day.

In the past, decorations and trees were left late on Christmas Eve to set up any earlier, as it was believed to be unlucky, whereas in Roman Catholic tradition, the Christmas tree is not set up until the afternoon of December 24.

When should I take my Christmas tree?

Many people may be eager to remove the Christmas tree once the big day festivities are over, while others like to hold on to this festive cheer for as long as possible.

In Christianity, the traditional date for taking your own Christmas tree is twelve days after Christmas.

This is because the festivities last for 12 days from the birth of Jesus, so the twelfth night – or the twelfth day after Christmas – officially marks the end of the holiday season. This year, the 12th night falls onriday, January 6th.

Leaving Christmas decorations after this date is widely considered unlucky.

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