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Decoration time
« on: August 23, 2012, 12:47:36 am »
I don't have a question about a specific holiday or festival, but I was curious as to when you decorate for each one. For example, do you decorate for the few weeks leading up to a holiday, and then take down the decorations a few days later? Or do you decorate a few days prior to a holiday and leave the decorations up for a few weeks after the holiday is over?

Do you decorate for every holiday/festival, or are there only a few that you decorate your home/altar for? Or do you skip decorating all together?
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Re: Decoration time
« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2012, 01:27:37 am »
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I don't have a question about a specific holiday or festival, but I was curious as to when you decorate for each one. For example, do you decorate for the few weeks leading up to a holiday, and then take down the decorations a few days later? Or do you decorate a few days prior to a holiday and leave the decorations up for a few weeks after the holiday is over?

Do you decorate for every holiday/festival, or are there only a few that you decorate your home/altar for? Or do you skip decorating all together?

 

For my favorite holidays, I begin to decorate weeks in advance (particularly Samhain). But generally speaking, I decorate for each season accordingly and as my schedule and energy allows for it.

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Re: Decoration time
« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2012, 01:43:17 pm »
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I don't have a question about a specific holiday or festival, but I was curious as to when you decorate for each one. For example, do you decorate for the few weeks leading up to a holiday, and then take down the decorations a few days later? Or do you decorate a few days prior to a holiday and leave the decorations up for a few weeks after the holiday is over?

Do you decorate for every holiday/festival, or are there only a few that you decorate your home/altar for? Or do you skip decorating all together?

 
I'm not much for decorating my house (I'd never get around to taking it down!) but when I'm doing my altar, I generally switch out decorations mid-way between holidays.  That way my altar is never un-decorated, and each holiday gets at least a month-long span of decorations.  I celebrate the Wheel of the Year, so I tend to witch things out whenever they become seasonally available.. usually a week or two before the actual holiday here on the prairie.
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Re: Decoration time
« Reply #3 on: August 23, 2012, 02:50:17 pm »
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Do you decorate for every holiday/festival, or are there only a few that you decorate your home/altar for? Or do you skip decorating all together?


I'm a "day of" or "day before" decorator.  I'm not overly interested in keeping seasonal stuff up for weeks.  It's hard to clean, and kind of bums me out if it hangs around too long after the big event (whatever that might be).  My Dia de los Muertos altar is usually decorated the day of my party (usually the closest weekend to November 1) and taken down the next day.

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Re: Decoration time
« Reply #4 on: August 23, 2012, 03:35:12 pm »
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I don't have a question about a specific holiday or festival, but I was curious as to when you decorate for each one. For example, do you decorate for the few weeks leading up to a holiday, and then take down the decorations a few days later? Or do you decorate a few days prior to a holiday and leave the decorations up for a few weeks after the holiday is over?

Do you decorate for every holiday/festival, or are there only a few that you decorate your home/altar for? Or do you skip decorating all together?


I put up Halloween/Samhain around October 1 and I usually put up the Yule tree on Thanksgiving night. I will be decorating for Holda this year for the first time on April 30. Other than that I do birthdays that day.

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Re: Decoration time
« Reply #5 on: September 28, 2015, 04:18:15 pm »
Quote from: SkylarB;70299
I don't have a question about a specific holiday or festival, but I was curious as to when you decorate for each one. For example, do you decorate for the few weeks leading up to a holiday, and then take down the decorations a few days later? Or do you decorate a few days prior to a holiday and leave the decorations up for a few weeks after the holiday is over?

Do you decorate for every holiday/festival, or are there only a few that you decorate your home/altar for? Or do you skip decorating all together?

At the moment there's only really 2 holidays/occasions which I decorate for.

We celebrate Christmas, because I was brought up with this holiday and my husband celebrates it in a fairly traditional way.  (I will be seeking to introduce more of Yule into it as time goes on (if that makes sense), but that is another story.)  If I had my way I would put the decorations up on 1 December (which is what I always did when I was single).  But my husband always wants to wait until at least the middle of December because that's when his family always did it.  We usually end up compromising on around the first weekend in December, or maybe the second weekend some years, depending on how busy & tired I am.  By 2 January I have had enough of the decorations, though, and want to put them away again, but similarly usually end up doing it the first weekend in January (providing that this is not beyond the sixth of the month, because there's some superstition around this which I can't precisely remember but which my husband adheres to).

For Halloween, I tend to do my decorating the weekend before - actually it depends on what day the 31st October falls on.  This year it's on a Saturday so I will want to decorate the weekend prior.  But if the 31st fell on a, say, Monday I'd want to put the decorations up earlier and have them up for a full week.  I have almost as many Halloween decorations as we do Christmas ones (though I've loaned some out the past couple of years and not got them all back).  I usually take them down again on the 1st, though.
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Re: Decoration time
« Reply #6 on: September 28, 2015, 06:38:08 pm »
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I'm a "day of" or "day before" decorator.  



Same here, though I really only do specific decorations for Christmas. In my family we have a tradition of putting up the Christmas tree on Christmas eve, and taking it down the week after New Years. If I have general seasonal decoration, I leave it up for the whole season, or until I feel like changing it up.

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