We got right to it this year after Thanksgiving and had the tree up well before December hit. (Can thank COVID for that). These little rugrats are finally old enough to actually be a help. I also hung Christmas lights all over the porch. I tested the lights prior to putting them up, but failed to realize that 1/3 of a strand can be out at a time (I was just looking for “on” or “off”. So after they were hung perfectly and plugged in, I realized that two strands were actually not fully working, but they are just going to stay that way.