How Soon is Too Soon to Break out the Holiday Tinsel?


You either enter the day after Thanksgiving in a shame-spiral of carbs, OR: you bust into the 26th of November with both arms pushing open the French doors of your balcony-as-a-metaphor-for-life and, while simultaneously dropping enough tinsel to make a silver hula skirt for the earth’s circumference out onto the street below, you take the deepest breath you can inhale and in the exhale you cry, “IT’S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR!”


You either cover your ears and glare when Jerry in the cubicle over makes the decision on behalf of the entire office to switch the communal floor radio to 98.3, The Jingle Bell Station, OR: you are Jerry, your dream job is to deejay said station and you’ve been pre-gaming with Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas” since like, July of ’97.

You either relish like a kosher hot dog in the pure joy of being alone on a cold night with a cup of alcohol-infused tea and a backlog of “American Horror Story” to catch up on, put your phone on Airplane Mode and pretend to have a violent cold in so that you’re left the hell alone, or: you co-lament with friends about how you’re single during Cuffing Season, which is really a shame only because you’d rather go ice skating with the same person you’re sleeping with as opposed to Becky, who always shows off with her crappy double-axels and white skates.

Without inadvertently causing a divide among the population, regardless of what you technically celebrate  you’re either one of two people: those who treat the 26th through the first half of December like any other regular old time of year while muttering about the unnecessary speeds in which consumerism moves when it comes to forcing the calendar’s clock’s hands or: you’re the early riser of the holiday world and the end of Thanksgiving marks fair game to begin celebrating THE HOLIDAYS.

So. Which one are you, and how soon is too soon?

Image on the left via Neiman Marcus’ holiday catalog, image on the right shot by Mark Pillai for 10 Magazine

  • It’s never too soon!

    • Charlotte Fassler

      Agreed. I have my tree.

  • Marianne Ronsse

    which one are you Amelia?

    • Amelia Diamond

      I am the very, very proud flag waver of she-who-celebrates the second I’m done eating my Thanksgiving dinner. Actually on Thanksgiving I think “festive music” is fair game and from there, I have no boundaries. I become a mad woman.

      • Marianne Ronsse

        well, good for you!
        I absolutely love it too!
        It makes the winter enjoyable

  • Stephanie

    I think the day after Thanksgiving is fair game. Although, personally I don’t get around to it until mid-December. If you live in a northern climate like me, I also give a pass to people putting up outdoor decorations anytime after Halloween because depending on how involved they are, it can be quite risky to do in the ice and snow.

    • Amelia Diamond

      You know. I used to think the post-Halloweiners were dramatic but now I think I’ll cut them some slack for potential inclement weather safety reasons.

  • Got my tree, baby Jesus is in his manger, the halls are decked the eff out. It is the only exciting day of the year until MDW, why hold off celebrating? I just sounded *so* basic, BUT IT IS TRUE.

  • Quinn Halman

    As someone with seasonal affect disorder, the happiness that comes with the holiday season is a really nice way to transition, it is a lot better than the inevitable change-of-temperature migraine. December is a lot less stressful now that I am older and don’t have to keep Santa’s true identity a secret. That being said, I think I might have some form of December FOMO because when a Christmas film is on TV it’s like oh great, and when a song that isn’t Mariah Carey’s comes on the radio it’s like oh great, and when decorations are put up it’s like oh great. STILL, I love december the firecracker pull apart thingies, gingerbread houses, et all.

    • Kelsey Moody

      “the firecracker pull apart thingies” = poppers! Every photo of a big family celebration in my household has us wearing those paper crowns that come with the poppers, love them!

  • I was in a fitting room a couple of days before Thanksgiving getting stressed that Christmas music was playing. Then once they put on that Britney Spears Christmas song, I was two pages into making a guest list of who will be coming to my Christmas party.

  • Lulu

    Never to soon, agreed! I love sitting in my living room with the lights out and just the Christmas tree lights on! The smell of the pine and the twinkle of the lights makes me feel so cozy!

  • andrea raymer

    Holidays are my favorite. I just love celebrating I even make up my own holidays to celebrate when I get a bit bored. I started decorating in the middle of November because I have a shopping problem and I couldn’t resist buying holiday home decor.

  • Holiday music does not bother me. However, I am not one to cover my home in tinsel. I DO watch a LOT of musicals when at my parents’ house. Singing in the Rain is a personal fave and I DIE when Judy Garland sings Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas in Meet Me In St. Louis…

  • Emily

    My Christmas start date is basically halfway through October, but I dont’ reveal that side of me until November starts….soooooo two months of Christmas madness

  • Sydney Eff

    I’m right with you, I can’t get enough of the holiday season. I will even break out the Vince Guaraldi Trio Charlie Brown Christmas album before Thanksgiving if the weather is right, only in the solitude of my car of course. With that being said, it irritates me when stores deck the halls in October, ewwww.

  • I usually wait til the first weekend of December to put up my tree, but it rains for two days straight in LA (I’m sooo over this rain!) so I decided to cheer myself up and got a giant Christmas tree from Costco… and extra six packs of Christmas tree lights too

  • oh, and who is running in that pic? Runnin so fast, I can’t figure it out. Is it Leandra? lol Zuma

  • diadelosgatos

    I put my tree up November 4th.

  • Jenna

    I am humming christmas songs the day after Halloween, I start early!

    Jenna ||

  • I’m definitely the ‘too soon’ type type of gal!