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While some start getting ready for Christmas the literal second Halloween is over, others prefer to wait until December. 

If you ask the recently-defrosted Mariah Carey what she thinks, the correct time to start celebrating Christmas is the second the clock strikes midnight on Oct. 31. 

So just how early is too early to start celebrating Christmas? 

Americans have it easy when it comes to answering this question. Since their Thanksgiving is mid-November, the generally agreed upon correct time to bust out the Christmas decorations is some time after that. With Canadian Thanksgiving falling before Halloween, we get no such scheduling convenience. 

The first few weeks following Halloween are truly the wild west of Holiday decorating. I know people who keep their spooky Halloween decorations up for a few days into November and others who put up Christmas lights at the earliest possible opportunity on Nov. 1st. 

If it’s before Halloween, it’s definitely way too early to start watching Elf. The first and second weeks of November are on pretty thin ice. Christmas decorations have a distinctly winter-y vibe, and I like to hold on to both the weather and aesthetic of the fall for at least a few weeks post-Halloween before we jump right into the season of snowflakes and freezing temperatures. 

So then, the third and fourth week of November? Is that too early? Generally I’d say getting ready for a party a month before the party is supposed to start is a little bit unhinged, but I also understand that for my fellow cultural Christians, Christmas is a big ol’ deal. There’s the food and the presents and the music and the holiday spirit to get into. After all, we need a whole month just to psych ourselves up for the big day. As someone who went to Catholic school as a kid, I’m kind of hardwired to see the start of Advent (usually around Dec. 1) as the official start of Christmas festivities. 

While I’m personally neutral to most holidays, I can understand the appeal of starting Christmas celebrations early. It’s been a hard couple of years for everybody, there hasn’t been a whole lot to celebrate, and for the first time in a long time we’ll be able to spend the holidays with loved ones and extended family members. 

When it comes to problems with starting up the Christmas festivities so early, it usually comes down to a tendency from culturally-Christian folks to forget about or flat out ignore other holidays and traditions. It’s not necessarily wrong to get into the Christmas spirit early, but it is a bit inconsiderate to ignore other people’s traditions entirely. 

As long as you’re being respectful and considerate, celebrating Christmas a few weeks early doesn’t really hurt anyone. It might be a bit cheesy and tacky, but I’m a firm believer in letting people enjoy things that make them happy. If getting out the Christmas tree in November makes you happy, then I’m in favour. 

Just don’t make me listen to “All I Want For Christmas,” more than a handful of times before December.