It’s the most wonderful time of the year…almost. Thanksgiving is just around the corner and Christmas is only a month after that. However the hot debate this year is: When is it proper to start celebrating the Christmas season?
Those who pride themselves on their collection of Christmas socks and the extravagance of their decorations, start celebrating as soon as Halloween is over. Thanksgiving lovers aren’t having it though, the Turkey Day is still a holiday and they will defend their stuffing and mashed potatoes.
The twelve days of Christmas actually refer to the twelve days after Christmas Day, so technically the Christmas season doesn’t even start until the 25th…but nobody does that. In recent years Christmas celebrating has started earlier and earlier. On November 1st, Buzzfeed announced that it was time to start listening to the iconic Christmas song, Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas is You.
Businesses start setting out decorations, presents, and holiday themed everything as soon as Halloween is over. As soon as Halloween decorations were moved out of the way, Target put up their holiday section, filled with stockings, trees, ornaments and everything in between. On the 1st of November, Starbucks released their holiday seasonal drinks. Out with the PSL and in with the Peppermint Mocha. (Don’t worry, you can still get a PSL)
Also, this year Freeform is launching the first ever Countdown to the 25 Days of Christmas movie marathon. It’s a COUNTDOWN to a COUNTDOWN! Festive, sure, but a little excessive to those who love their Thanksgiving, especially since it starts on November 18th, six days before Thanksgiving.
Those who stand by the “Christmas doesn’t start until Thanksgiving is over” rule, can get a little fed up with how early Christmas music starts playing. Defenders of Thanksgiving use twitter as a force for their wrath.
The debate of when to start Christmas celebrating isn’t just national, it’s close to home as well. Prairie students all have their own opinions on the matter as well. Hannah Barnhart, a junior and a lover of all things Christmas comments, “I start celebrating Christmas on November 1st and I count down the days, because Thanksgiving is stupid and pointless.”
In the middle stands Lydia Walter, another junior. She doesn’t fight passionately against Christmas against Thanksgiving, however she always waits until after the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade to celebrate Christmas “Once the parade is over, then we set up the tree”
On the complete opposite side, Harrison Cook, yet another junior at Prairie, used Twitter to defend Thanksgiving’s place as a holiday.
Maybe you love twinkle lights and Elf as soon as you can get them or you look forward to the food coma you’ll be in after Thanksgiving dinner, maybe both! Overall holidays are awesome and filled with good food, family, and friends – so let’s end the debate and just enjoy it all this holiday season!
Photo Sources: buzzfeed.com, twitter.com, http://theforestscout.com/assets/uploads/2016/11/an-open-letter-to-the-christmas-season-pushers.jpg