Thanksgiving season or Christmas season?

Two writers duke it out over their favorite holidays and when to celebrate each

There are two types of people in the world: those who start celebrating Christmas before Thanksgiving, and those who are sad human beings. 

The debate of when it’s socially acceptable to start celebrating Christmas is a very heated one, and I’m here to tell you there’s only one right answer: Nov. 1. 

“But what about Thanksgiving?!” the Christmas naysayers wail. “You can’t just neglect Thanksgiving!” 

My response to that is simple: I’m not. It’s possible to celebrate Christmas without neglecting Thanksgiving. If I decide to watch a Christmas movie before Thanksgiving, I’m not neglecting a Thanksgiving movie to do so. If I start singing Christmas carols, I’m not ignoring the Thanksgiving carols. 

Why? Because there are none! There are no Thanksgiving movies, no Thanksgiving carols, no Thanksgiving seasonal drinks at Starbucks – in short, there aren’t very many ways to celebrate Thanksgiving. 

If you’re not celebrating Christmas before Thanksgiving, you’re not celebrating anything. You celebrate Thanksgiving on Thanksgiving day, and that’s really the limit. 

There’s just not much else you can do to celebrate it, aside from maybe putting up a few decorations. And speaking of decorations, Christmas definitely has Thanksgiving beat in that category. 

Just think of the Christmas decorations: a gorgeous Christmas trees, sparkling ribbons, lush wreaths, twinkling lights, glowing candles, festive garlands and shining ornaments. Now compare that to Thanksgiving decorations: some fall leaves, pumpkins, maybe a cornucopia if you want to get really fancy. 

Which inspires more joy? The answer is pretty clear. Additionally, November is not a very fun month; the weather turns from chilly to downright cold, work begins to pile up, finals are approaching and it seems like everyone is sick. 

So, is it so wrong to want something to cheer me up during this dark time? I just want to celebrate something, and Christmas is really the only option. And when Thanksgiving day rolls around, I will absolutely celebrate it. 

I love watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade and sitting down to a nice meal with my family, but that’s all there is to it. Christmas, on the other hand, has nearly endless possibilities for celebration. 

If we don’t start celebrating until after Thanksgiving, there simply won’t be enough time to participate in all the fun-filled activities of Christmas! For example, just think of how many Christmas movies there are. 

If you wait until after Thanksgiving, you could never watch them all. Personally, I’ve already watched four Christmas movies, with no plans of stopping. And of course, Christmas movies aren’t the only way to celebrate. There’s decorating gingerbread houses, looking at fancy lights, going caroling, shopping for presents and many more fun traditions. No one wants to miss out on all of that. And there’s absolutely no way to fit all of that in between Thanksgiving and Christmas. 

So why do I start celebrating Christmas before Thanksgiving? 

Simple. Because I just want a little bit more joy in my life and in the lives of others. 

And that’s why you’ll see me in November proudly wearing my Christmas socks as I sing Christmas carols while drinking a peppermint mocha out of a Christmas-themed mug, in front of a Christmas tree, while watching a Christmas movie and baking Christmas cookies.

~Peri Costic, Staff Writer~

This weekend I walked into the mall, and I was in a store when Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” came on. That is my favorite Christmas song, so I kept shopping. I enjoyed listening to it, but then I remembered that it is still the middle of November.  

It is that time of year again. The time of year where everyone debates whether it is acceptable to start celebrating Christmas before Thanksgiving. It is November, and people are playing Christmas music, shopping centers have decorations up and Santa’s village is even being put together at the mall. 

It seems to me that the vast majority of people think there is no problem with all of this. I would have to disagree.

Don’t get me wrong. I love Christmas music just as much as anyone else- I just think that it can wait until after Thanksgiving. The main reason I believe this is because of the differences in the holidays. Christmas is a religious-based holiday whereas Thanksgiving is not.

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, so I am definitely biased, but it is always overlooked. The holiday is all about being with friends and family. It’s about having your loved ones around you and being grateful for everything that you have. Plus, let’s not forget the amazing food and traditions that people have on Thanksgiving. 

For a holiday with such a great message, it needs more recognition and respect. Sure some people may argue that after Thanksgiving then you don’t have much time until Christmas, but you have at the very least an entire month. That is plenty of time to put up your decorations, buy your tree, decorate it, get presents and listen to Christmas music.

Thanksgiving is an American tradition, whereas Christmas is not, so why do we diminish it? Thanksgiving brings all sorts of people together, it is something that everyone in this country can celebrate. 

Every holiday has its time to be celebrated, and Thanksgiving really gets the short end of the stick. 

Christmas has its time. It is one of the most celebrated times of the entire year, so Thanksgiving deserves its own time.

Hang up some fall decorations, put a multicolored leaf wreath on your front door and eat pumpkin-flavored snacks. 

Be around your friends, be around your family and think just how lucky you are to have them in your life. Think about all the great things you have going on and be grateful. Thanksgiving is a holiday for us to be thankful, and it should not be overshadowed by a holiday that is at least four weeks away. 

Simply enjoy your Thanksgiving, and afterwards, start celebrating Christmas. Thanksgiving is meant to be simple, so enjoy your time and be grateful. Let’s think about all we have to be thankful for and celebrate Thanksgiving before we celebrate Christmas.

~Taryn Hannam-Zatz, News Editor~

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