Christmas. It’s the most wonderful time of the year (for most of us).
But when does the season actually begin?
Our grandmothers would have it that it’s December 1st.
Before then, no carols are to be sung or played, and no decorations are to be put up in the house.
In Victorian times, the Christmas tree wouldn’t go up until Christmas Eve. Bah Humbug!
After shelling out £40 at least, we’d feel pretty short-changed with that rule.
Excitement gets the better of some, and social media is already awash with people sharing pictures of their twinkling trees.
Jodie Marsh proudly showed off her FOUR trees at the end of October and was trolled by outraged followers.
Catherine Tyldesley defiantly told her fans she didn’t care about going early with her decorations.
(Her tree – which went up on November 13 – does look rather splendid!)
“I don’t care that we’re early,” the former Corrie star said. “We love Christmas!”
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Those of a religious persuasion – cos, y’know, this is why Christmas is kind of a big deal – are likely to be erecting their tree and accompaniments on Sunday, December 2 this year.
This is in line with the beginning of Advent; the fourth Sunday before Christmas.
And then once you’ve decided on when it’s okay to put up the tree… there’s the whole conversation about when you should pack everything away.
Again, if you follow Christmas as a religious festival, this should be January 6th, the Epiphany.
It also marks Twelfth night… 12 days of Christmas.