This Is When Most People Decorate for the Holidays

A flocked Christmas tree sits in a corner surrounded by presents.
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Holiday decorations can get a little controversial when the topic turns to when to actually begin the decorating process. There are those who are strictly post-Thanksgiving decorators only and people who want to the week of Christmas. But when do most people decorate for the holidays? There’s a pretty big split.

The folks over at YouGov, a survey and analytics group, surveyed over 1,900 people who celebrate various religious holidays (such as Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanza) about when they begin pulling out decorations. While some answers scored higher than others, there’s truly no consensus on the best time to put up decorations.

According to the survey, 24 percent of respondents decorate after Thanksgiving but before December, while roughly a quarter decorate specifically the day after the turkey-filled holiday. But despite only getting a quarter of the answers each, these responses are the most popular illustration of just how split people are as to when holiday decor should go up. The rest of the breakdown is notably split, with 14 percent opting to decorate just before Thanksgiving, 13 percent after December starts, and 9 percent in early November.

In case you were curious about how your own decorating preferences lineup with others’ choices, there’s really no clear consensus on the issue. And even if there was, hey, it’s your house—decorate whenever you feel the holiday spirit strike.

[Via Better Homes & Gardens]



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