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Northwest anticipates Christmas: Is it too early?

Some Northwest families have already put up their Christmas decorations even though the holiday is over a moth away.

Some Northwest families have already put up their Christmas decorations even though the holiday is over a moth away.

Some Northwest families have already put up their Christmas decorations even though the holiday is over a moth away.

Some Northwest families have already put up their Christmas decorations even though the holiday is over a moth away.

Northwest anticipates Christmas: Is it too early?

November 15, 2018

The holiday season is just around the corner and many families are eagerly anticipating Christmas. Is this hype warranted, or is it too soon to be celebrating?

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Save Christmas for 12/25

A bitter cold can be felt even on the inside of your house. A warm glow illuminates your living room from the hearth and the lights on a Christmas tree. You and all of your relatives are exchanging gifts. Laughter is everywhere. You have hot chocolate, a new pair of socks, and $20 that Grandma slipped into your Christmas card.

Later, you all sing Christmas carols off key and just have a good time. Too bad it’s a school night, though.You’re going to be really tired tomorrow, but it will be worth it, right? You got to celebrate your favorite holiday of the year…

…in October.

The last few months of a year always go by ridiculously fast. Everything kind of blends together. Septemberoctobernovemberdecember. Perhaps this is why everyone celebrates Christmas on any day that’s remotely close to Dec. 25.

The earliest Christmas commercial ever was shown in 2013 by Kmart. It aired in early Sept. Usually, that it a time where students stress about back-to-school commercials. Instead, they’re now just confused. What would you do if you were watching “This Is Us” in September, and a commercial telling you that a watch would be the perfect gift for your loved ones for Christmas? First off, if you give somebody a watch and they didn’t ask for it…well, that’s poor judgment on your part. (Please don’t give me a watch.) Secondly, why would somebody start celebrating a holiday four months in advance? That would be the equivalent of celebrating New Years Eve in late September and then skipping to Valentines’ Day.

Many people have gotten in the habit of celebrating Christmas the moment that Halloween is over, switching from scary masks to red floppy hats in less than a minute. Thanksgiving, the well-known American holiday in between Halloween and Christmas, is slowly getting put onto the back burner, being replaced by mistletoe and Mariah Carey.

Will there ever be a point where we take a step back and realize that we have all single-handedly fueled the Christmas fever? I don’t think so. Do I still think we celebrate Christmas too early? Absolutely.

If you believe in the Christian faith, then you are, most likely, aware of the religious meaning behind Christmas. Many people who do not practice the faith also know the basic principles behind Christmas. How did one culture’s important holiday turn into a cash cow for stores, luring people to get a discounted iPhone and calling it a Christmas deal?

I believe that everyone needs to take a deep breath and really think about this time of year. Next week is Thanksgiving, followed immediately by Black Friday, an intense shopping spree that always ends with two middle-aged women fighting over an expensive bag or two middle-aged men trying to get the lowest price for “Red Dead Redemption 2.” We should be able to be thankful to our families and friends for a few weeks instead of turning a cheek to Turkey Day and jingling bells all over to sound more spirituous.

Take your time to enjoy your family and some good food while you have the time. November is supposed to be about harvest and giving thanks. There’s no need to have a two-month Christmas frenzy. Take a deep breath, go enjoy a pumpkin spiced latte, put away your Santa hat and take it easy.

Christmas doesn’t need two months of preparation. Christmas doesn’t start in September, and it doesn’t start now. Wait until December.

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    Anytime is Christmas time

    As fall begins to fade into winter, we are once again graced with the happiest holiday season there is– Christmas. While many will argue that Thanksgiving needs its own limelight, it is simply unnecessary to focus on this minor holiday when the values of gratitude and appreciation are also seen in the much more widely celebrated holiday that is Christmas.

    As someone who breaks out the Christmas decorations, sock and tunes as soon as Nov. 1 every year, I am often faced with ridicule and told to “Wait until after Thanksgiving,” by even my closest friends. However, I, like many, see no reason for this uncalled-for delay of the holiday season.  

    “People can start decorating for Christmas as early as July for all I care,” senior Sarah Long said.

    This issue all boils down to personal preference. You can enjoy Christmas festivities whenever you want, or not at all. People who start celebrating the Christmas season early are not trying to force Christmas into your life, they are simply choosing to enjoy it themselves as long as possible.

    In terms of the idea that Christmas outshines Thanksgiving, there are little or no festivities Thanksgiving brings; after a certain age, it becomes a little silly to make turkey hands and pilgrim hats.

    “We don’t have Thanksgiving music, so what are you going to listen to?” Latin teacher Parker Jackson said.

    Furthermore, Thanksgiving decorations just look like normal fall decorations. With the exception of the cornucopia and the turkey, nothing really screams, “I’m celebrating Thanksgiving.”

    “Are you just doing to decorate for fall? No,” Jackson said. “No one decorates for Thanksgiving unless your family is coming over, and at that point it’s obligative, and not because you want to.”

    To conclude, Christmas is a holiday that reaches far beyond just the United States–unlike Thanksgiving, which is solely an American holiday– and brings people jo no matter when it is celebrated.

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