STORY BY TAYLOR EISENHAUER
It is far too early for Christmas music. I repeat: Too. Early. For. Christmas. Music.
The day after Halloween I was in Michael’s with my roommates and Christmas music was playing. Literally, it was Nov. 1.
Don’t get me wrong, I love Christmas. You could even say it’s the most wonderful time of the year. But that doesn’t mean anything Christmas-related is okay before Thanksgiving.
I’ve been called Scrooge, and I’ve been called a Grinch, but I remain staunch in my opinion. Once Black Friday hits, feel free to let the chestnuts roast. Let Frosty come to life. Let the jingle bells rock.
Christmas is a sacred time. The movies, the music and the general atmosphere are special to the season. So listening or watching or decorating prematurely ruins the spirit for me. If I start getting excited for Christmas at the beginning of November, then by the time it actually gets here I’ll be burnt out on carols and decorations and people quoting “Elf.”
My friends have tried to sway me for years, but I won’t have it. I will say something if you try to sing Christmas songs early around me or watch movies. Or basically see or hear anything Christmas-related too early.
As I scrolled through Facebook while avoiding homework the other day, I came across the most grievous offense I’ve seen so far this year, even more so than stores playing the music and putting out the goodies too soon.
A friend of mine made a fancy picture collage showing a Christmas tree and decorations already put up. Already. We haven’t even reached the middle of November yet. I don’t get it.
And more than that, Thanksgiving gets the shaft. All of October is spooktacular, and the second it’s over, BOOM! Instant Christmas. But Thanksgiving deserves more than that. It’s such an underrated holiday, even though there’s pumpkin pie. I mean, where would our pumpkin spice lattes be if not for Thanksgiving?
But more important than pie is the underlying theme of giving thanks. You get to eat good food, hang out with your family (or friends) and reflect on all that you have to be grateful for. So why don’t we focus on it more? We’re basically depriving ourselves of a holiday. Nobody wants that.
So until after Thanksgiving, we need more turkeys and less reindeer.