Though we decorated the house at the beginning of December we waited to get our tree. I don’t think we have ever waited this long to buy our Christmas tree. We were worried about finding one that would fit our stand (trees are wider here) and not getting it too early that the warmth would turn it brown in days. The wait turned out to our advantage, we got a tree we liked, that fit our stand and all for under $25! Bargain! The kids did all the decorating again—and did a lovely job as always!