Decking the Halls: The Art of Putting Up Christmas Trees

'Tis the season for twinkling lights, festive ornaments, and the quintessential Christmas tree. In Canada, it's a common tradition for households to start adorning their homes with holiday cheer about 3.5 weeks before December 25th. However, for some, the countdown to Christmas begins a little earlier.


For me, the magic of the season begins around November 25th, precisely a month before the cherished day arrives. There's something undeniably enchanting about filling your home with the warmth and sparkle of Christmas decorations. Yet, amidst the joy they bring, there's a flip side too.

The ambiance these adornments create is undoubtedly heartwarming, but it also ushers in a sense of clutter and messiness. And if you share your space with curious feline companions, like I do, the challenge intensifies. Cats, those adorable little rascals, seem intent on unraveling all the careful decorating one invests time and effort into. Their playful antics can turn your meticulously adorned tree into a battleground of swaying ornaments and tangled lights. It's an amusing sight, no doubt, but also a test of patience as you constantly re-adjust and redecorate.

cat under the tree

The allure of the Christmas tree outweighs these moments of chaos, though. Its presence symbolizes tradition, family togetherness, and the spirit of giving. Despite the occasional mess and playful interference from furry friends, the joy it brings to a home is incomparable. So, when do you put up your Christmas tree? Is it a pre-December tradition or a last-minute dash? Share your experiences and mishaps; after all, 'tis the season for stories that bring us all a little closer together.