PARAMUS, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — The day after Thanksgiving is often the right time to put up the Christmas decorations, and a 60-degree day made the experience a lot easier than usual.
As CBS2’s Meg Baker reported, many took advantage of the unseasonable climes to take down the pumpkins and put up the twinkle lights and garland.
“We picked up Christmas lights and power strips — start getting our act together for holidays,” said Bruce Tripido.
“The little one here is up 7 a.m., and we’re off and rolling for the holidays,” said John Tabor.
“The weather’s good — easy on the fingers; no frost bite,” said Chris Cecala of Paramus.
Cecala was spending the day outside while the women in his life took on Black Friday and went shopping.
Most of the people who spoke to Baker Friday said it was their tradition to decorate for Christmas the day after Thanksgiving. And they were pleased to be doing it in T-shirts.
Storm Vanderzee of Paramus said he even breaking a sweat in the 60-degree weather.
“I haven’t been out here in a T-shirt in probably years,” he said.
He and Thomas Kallergis spent the whole morning stringing lights on the roof.
“I’ve been doing it as a kid; my mom took me out day after Thanksgiving just to get it done — hot chocolate on front steps – and do whole house up,” Vanderzee said.
Shoppers could barely get through the Christmas aisle at the Home Depot on Route 17.
“Buying a lot of lights — especially new lights that are laser projected onto their houses – that’s a very hot seller,” said Mike Ciavirella of the Home Depot.
He was talking about the Star Shower. A sum of $39.99 puts the equivalent of 1,000 lights on a home.
But some others were sticking to tradition.
“We started yesterday. We started pulling everything out; putting it together,” said a man named Mike.
“Check your lights before you put them up, because if you put them up and they don’t work, you have a big problem,” Vanderzee said.
“Be careful on the ladders,” added Cecala.
And as for what to do afterward, Taber said. “I’m probably going to go get a drink somewhere.”