I never decorate until the day before, or day of), a holiday. Otherwise it gets tired real fast, yet I also choose things that give me an extended season. These types of Halloween decorations, for example, I put out the day of Halloween when there's finally autumn color (seems odd to do it when everything's still green), and use throughout the entire month of November:
Actually, I caved this year with this guy; he's Halloween-specific but still out:
I couldn't resist the Halloween tree with the hand-stitched felt ornaments on my foyer table (on Halloween night only) though, nor the scarecrow even though those are done to death:
As for Christmas trees I tried a few times with great success even though it still strikes me as pagan to erect a dead tree indoors to decorate. Yet I also couldn't resist this little tree bejeweled with crystal autumn apples and pears which I keep on my foyer table mid-December through New Year's:
Takes 3 seconds to retrieve, set up and plug in. Sometimes less is more!