I love this time of year also but my mum told me to never put it up before December 1 and not to take it down till after January 6. I don't know the reason why, something superstitious i'm sure! But i've never done it before so i'm not going to start now
I love putting it up and opening all the boxes with my tree treasures and saying ooh remember when i bought this one!! And last year i bought some new ones and got some for wedding gifts that are silver and i'm looking forward to seeing them again!!