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Here’s When Your State Hangs Their Christmas Lights

A light up snowman sits outside of a home decorated with Christmas lights.
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From festive Christmas trees to sparkling Christmas lights, there are plenty of exciting decorations to help ring in the holiday. Many of us might wonder when it’s acceptable to hang Christmas lights on the roof, so do you decorate at the same time as your neighbors?

According to a survey, most states hang their Christmas lights on the first day of December.

House Method ran a nationwide survey in October to determine when Americans felt was the most acceptable time to hang their string lights. While opinions may vary, most of the country believes in waiting until the month of Christmas to decorate with their Christmas lights. However, quite a few states still decorate before Thanksgiving.

American Christmas Lights

The earliest state to start is Georgia which begins hanging lights as early as October. Then, the states with a bit more holiday self-control decorate on Nov. 1. That includes Arizona, Delaware, Louisiana, Michigan, Montana, and Pennsylvania. As for who waits the longest? That honor goes to Alaska, which doesn’t start decorating until Dec. 1.

Ollny Christmas Lights Outdoor

Get into the Christmas spirit with multi-colored Christmas lights with a remote control.

What about you? Are you a day-after-Halloween decorator or a post-Thanksgiving person? Regardless of when you decorate, though, be sure to check out some handy hacks like this shocking revelation that those red-tipped bulbs in your Christmas light strand serve a purpose.

Kelsey Opel Kelsey Opel
Kelsey Opel is a freelance writer and digital storyteller based in Austin, Texas. She enjoys writing for food, entertainment and mental health spaces. Off the clock, she loves indulging in an avocado margarita and chips and queso at her favorite Tex-Mex spot in town. Read Full Bio »
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