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Posted at 10:18 AM ET, 11/30/2010

Exactly when 'tis the season? When does Xmas start?

By Steve Hendrix

Is your tree already up? Have you already got an inflatable Mrs. Claus in your front yard? And is everyone in the house good with that? For a holiday story we're working on as December approaches, we'd like to hear your thoughts on when is the "right" time to throw the switch on holiday decorations, holiday music, Christmas DVDs and the like.

Some families put the lights on the Friday after Thanksgiving, buy the tree on Saturday, turn on the Christmas music five days before December even arrives. Others, hoping to stem the tide of Christmas creep ever further into November, try to hold out until just a few weeks before the Big Day.

In some households, those schools of thought are at odds every year. I know of one dad who starts his light-stringing soon after Halloween, much to the wife's chagrin. And I know of a dad who argues, futilely, that Christmas should be a late-December-only affair.

We're looking for households (and maybe neighborhoods?) where there is a difference of opinion about the vital question of When the Holidays Should Begin. Please send your thoughts to Steve Hendrix at

Or respond with this handy form here.

By Steve Hendrix  | November 30, 2010; 10:18 AM ET
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My tree goes up Thanksgiving Day, comes down New Years Day.

Posted by: jckdoors | December 2, 2010 9:13 AM | Report abuse

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