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Question: When Do You Start Preparing for the Holidays?

Halloween is over — are you already pulling out the Christmas tree and decorations?

Patch wants to know:  Are you one of these people who unfolds the paper Thanksgiving decorations and disentangles the Christmas tree lights the day after Halloween? Have you actually started Christmas shopping yet?

Let us know your holiday routine in the comments below. And stay tuned for another year of Patch holiday guides starting soon (just ... not yet. We're still working our way through the leftover mini boxes of Milk Duds).

Rebecca Hoey November 03, 2011 at 03:31 PM
I don't actually start preparing yet. In fact I'm more of an every thing at the last minute kinda girl--while shuffling like crazy to make everything extra special for my daughter. But now that Halloween is over and the weather's changing, we're definitely enjoy seeing the decorations in the stores starting to go up--in anticipation of the forthcoming holidays.
Erin Schultz (Editor) November 03, 2011 at 06:27 PM
Anne Marie Grossman said on Facebook: Already have.. compiling recipes, cleaning, polishing silver and stemware, mixing spices to ensure a perfect taste... menus menus menus...."
Sandy Martocchia November 03, 2011 at 06:40 PM
The inside decorations go up Thanksgiving weekend, but the shopping and prepping has been going on for a while. When I see a sale, I tend to grab something rather than wait until the last minute.
Ditty51 November 04, 2011 at 01:12 AM
Have fall decorations up from end of September until Thanksgiving. Then, after TG, the Christmas tree, et al on display until Jan. 15. Shopping starts in ernest in October. Bleh... am I too regimented? :o)
Lorraine Stayton November 06, 2011 at 02:06 AM
Every holiday is important to me, and I enjoy them all including high school football, marching band events, These things all come together this time of year, having grandsons involved. Now that Halloween is over, which is also my birthday, all those decorations are packed away til next year. Its officially time to plan for Thanksgiving and Christmas with more emphasis on Thanksgiving first. For the decorations this year I am planning and collecting a lot of evergreen boughs (artificial) for a fall-winter theme. After Thanksgiving its time to consider the Christmas tree, it has to be a real tree. My very favorite is a Concolor Fir.

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