To Light, or Not to Light

It’s only been a few days since Thanksgiving and in some neighborhoods you’ll already find Christmas lights glowing at night. In fact, some people put them up before Thanksgiving. Bill Stamps talked with Houstonians to find out just when is the right time to get festive.

(Music: Let it Snow)

It’s that time of year again, or is it? Many stores have Christmas trees and lights up before Thanksgiving, but their goal is to get you to start buying gifts early. But what about the average person or family? When should they put their lights? Houston resident Vincent Duncan says he doesn’t have to put any up.

“To tell you the truth, at my mothers house, I never took them down. So they’re already up and we were like all year long with Christmas lights. I heard about it all through the summer.”

As for his own place, Duncan does plan to put up lights…but probably not for a couple more weeks.

“I grab the ladder. I lean it against the house and start stringing them out until I run out of lights. Until I run out of electric lines. But I do love the lights — love Christmas, love the lights.”

Arthur Franciour definitely plans on stringing up some lights…if he can just find the time. He says it doesn’t bother him at all to see lights go up before or immediately after Thanksgiving.

“I think that’s great they got a head start. You know I’m working and I have to take my time with it.”

Bill: “Is there a such thing as putting the lights up to early?

“No, I don’t think so. It’s the holiday time. It’s Christmas.”

Houston’s Kelly Holmes has no problem with early lighting either.

“Well, I guess they can afford it so go for it, you know. I’m on a budget so you gotta keep it tight, you know.”

I did find a few people who won’t be putting up any lights at all…like Diana Leonard.

“No, uh-ah.”

Bill: “Why not? Cause it’s too much work. Plus, it costs my light bill too much money.”

Most thought it was OK to start early with the Christmas lights…

But what about Christmas music?