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The great Christmas debate

November 24, 2020

Thanksgiving is only a few days away, but many people seem to have shifted their focus to Christmas. Is it too early? Or is it already time to be Merry and Bright?

Chill, it’s not December yet

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Adrian Nester

Santas have been on display in stores since October.

Every year people start celebrating Christmas way too early. From hanging their Christmas lights on their house to dragging out the family’s fake Christmas tree, everyone seems to get into the Christmas spirit around Halloween time. As soon as Halloween items are 70% off, stores stock up on the next holiday. The problem is, the next holiday isn’t Christmas! 

Commercials about the “perfect presents” start to air while it is still 70 degrees outside. It is not yet even Thanksgiving, but the majority of America is getting ready for the holidays. 

Stores are already decorated for Christmas with Christmas blow ups and artificial trees. Walmart, for example, has blow up snowmen. It seems like the school supplies and bathing suits are still up while they are stocking the stores with Christmas decorations, artificial trees, and wreaths.  

People totally avoid the fact that Thanksgiving is an important holiday. People love to not get excited for Thanksgiving and pay more attention to Christmas.

Christmas is a wonderful time to be with your family and celebrate the birth of Jesus. However, on Thanksgiving Day your Christmas tree should not be up! Thanksgiving is for coming together despite our differences, so it is a wonderful holiday with its own reasons to celebrate (even if that looks a little different during a pandemic). It’s important to make the distinction between the two holidays for the different meanings behind them.

I get a little annoyed when I see yards and houses full of decorations in November. The only time you should be able to decorate for Christmas is a week before! December 18 should be the first acceptable day to be able to set up your Christmas tree and lights and to start binging Christmas movies.

Christmas movies are something that are also celebrated too early. Once it is November 1st everyone is signing into Netflix and watching “The Grinch.” Now, we get it, there are not very many Thanksgiving movies, but don’t you get sick on watching Christmas movies with the same-ish plot for two straight months? 

Christmas music adds a whole additional issue. The holiday music usually starts around the end of October. Roanoke based station Q99 is already playing Christmas music non-stop before Thanksgiving even gets here! Pump the brakes on Rudolph and that annoying hippopotamus song! 

Maybe you want to call us “Grinch,” but, the fact is, Americans start the Christmas cheer too early.

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Crazy About Christmas

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Adrian Nester

Christmas trees were on display in Target before Halloween.

I normally get excited for Christmas around August. I don’t know what it is about summer wrapping up and school starting that makes skip straight to Christmas. Now some people may think that there is such a thing as it being “too early” for Christmas, but I DISAGREE! 

If AIWFCIY (better known as “All I Want For Christmas Is You”) by Mariah Carey starts playing mid July, I will NOT skip. What I will do is sing at the top of my lungs, even if my voice cracks worse than hers did in the annual Rockefeller Center tree lighting ceremony in 2014.

To me Christmas is amazing. From Christmas shopping to opening presents and drinking hot chocolate, the holiday has a certain amount of nostalgia. Growing up my mother made me wear the most ridiculous Christmas dresses (you know the ones with the black top and Christmas patterned skirt), and although I didn’t enjoy wearing them at the time, I now realize it was a mini-tradition we had.

Also, CHRISTMAS SONGS, who doesn’t love Christmas songs? Mariah Carey? GREAT Michael Bublé? EVEN BETTER. I love a good Christmas song, I even change my alarm to a Christmas song around the holidays. Local radio stations start playing Christmas songs and so do stores, so if you see me jamming out to “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree” in the Christmas section at Target… don’t judge. 

Now, my absolute favorite part of Christmas (besides spending time with family and friends) are the decorations! There are many arguments regarding how early is too early for decorating. I think right after Halloween is just right for decorating for Christmas. We all know that one neighborhood or handful of houses that go crazy with decorations, whether it’s a light show, inflatables, or even mini Christmas trees in their yard, driving through decorated neighborhoods will always be one of my favorite things to do around the holidays. Not only do I love outdoor Christmas decorations, but indoor decorations too! When I was younger, my family would have a whole day dedicated to setting up our decorations. My favorite part has always been setting up my mini Christmas tree in my room, it definitely brings me holiday cheer as I cry while studying for exams and finishing up the semester.

Spending time with the people you care about is my main reason for loving Christmas. Seeing everyone come together and having grins from ear to ear on Christmas morning makes me smile. This year because of COVID, Christmas is looking a little different, so instead of getting together with family and friends I’m giving back to the community. A couple of weeks ago my best friend and I rang the bell in front of Hobby Lobby for The Salvation Army. It felt great seeing people donate, even if it was spare change, it can make a huge difference. 

As the holidays approach, I get nostalgic of how life was pre-pandemic. At first it saddened me that this year I won’t be able to continue traditions my family has had since I was little. Instead of being upset about it I decided to make them COVID-friendly, to flatten the curve. So as we approach the holidays, keep in mind not only your health but the health of people around you. Wear a mask and remain about two reindeer (6 feet) away from others when possible.

 

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