Time for Christmas comes after Thanksgiving’s end

There is a time and a place for every holiday season. Christmas is in December.

One of my biggest pet peeves is when a holiday is publicized way before its time. The most common of these is getting ready for Christmas too early.

Everything from setting up Christmas trees in stores to playing Christmas music in the middle of November just bugs me. It’s not time yet. We haven’t even had Thanksgiving.

I love Christmas, but I also believe that it should be celebrated after Thanksgiving has had its time to shine.

Thanksgiving brings families together and lets them celebrate each other. It’s not a holiday that people across the country should skip out on just because they’re excited for Christmas.

If someone wants to start Christmas shopping during November, I am perfectly okay with that. I know a lot of people in my family who spend an entire year getting gifts ready for Christmas.

They are way more on top of things than I am.

But anyway, the point is that’s not my understanding of getting ready for Christmas too early.

I see getting ready for Christmas too early as decorating the room with wreaths and holly, red and green, trees and ornaments. Singing Christmas carols when the turkey hasn’t been bought yet also demonstrates this.

There’s a time and a place for everything and November is not the time for Christmas.

Ever heard the phrase “excess may do you harm”? Well too much Christmas music may not physically hurt anyone, but I know I get sick of hearing “Jingle Bells” every other day for a month. I surely don’t want to be listening to it any more than necessary.

Even if you don’t have that sort of understanding of it, let me try to explain it in a different way. Every year ABC Family has its “25 Days of Christmas” special that runs from Dec. 1 to Dec. 25.

That is the time for Christmas.

Granted the special is specified for Christmas movies, but think of all of the movies you watch around Christmas time. “Elf,” “Jingle All the Way” and maybe even “A Muppet’s Christmas Carol” are just a few of these.

There are several movies out there, but think about having to watch all of those movies for two months straight. By the time it got to mid December, very few people would want to think about Christmas, let alone celebrate it.

Anyway, the point of this is not to make myself out to be a Scrooge. I love Christmas, but it needs to wait its turn until at least after Thanksgiving.

There will be plenty of time for singing Christmas carols, putting up Christmas decorations and all of that merriment after Thanksgiving.

Doing this will not only help you to stay in the right spirit of the season, it will help you to not get sick of the season.

 

KHADIJA DJELLOULI

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