Normally I put up the lights in december, My mom use to start after thanksgiving, but thats because it was a seven foot tree very large around and then there were the lights that went up over the fireplace, and up doorways, we only put the icicle lights up around the front of the house. Now its me and dad, we use a four foot fiber optic tree and 2-100 count blue lights around the room. Course it now takes me this long cause I have to go through storage to find all the stuff lol. Christmas eve the relatives (sibs and neices, nephews) come out open gifts have snacks and we ship them home as early as possible lol. I love my relatives but its torcher. Then on christmas day (when mom was alive we had turkey and the whole nine yards) now we have a small ham (one brother with no kids or a wife comes out) and we have dinner. my other brother is married with kids and my sister has her daughter. Okay my two songs for the christmas season. Grandma "Grandma got run over by a reindeer. Walking home from our house Christmas eve. You can say there's no such thing as Santa, but as for me and grandpa we believe. Jeff Foxworthy "Redneck Christmas" 12 pack of bud 11 wrestlin' tickets Tin a' copenhagen 9 years probation 8 table dancers 7 packs of redman 6 cans of spam 5 flannel shirts 4 big mud tires 3 shot gun shells 2 huntin dogs and some parts to a Mustang GT... Happy Holidays Everyone!!