Opinion: Is it too early for Christmas?

It was a whole week before Halloween. I was lounging in my room and watching the TV when all of a sudden I heard sleigh bells and saw people in red Santa costumes popping up on the screen. As much as I love Christmas, I was confused and it did not feel right to see Christmas-themed commercials in the middle of October. We still had Halloween and Thanksgiving to come before Santa made his trip around the world!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Don’t get me wrong: I love Christmas. I love all the lights, music, decorations, drinking hot chocolate by a fire, waiting to open presents, eating candy canes and being with family and friends, but why are we skipping the other holidays? Why do businesses feel the need to bombard us with snowflakes and fat, jolly old guys already? Do their advertisements really make us feel the need to drive down to their stores to buy their Christmas products?

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Seeing all these commercials makes me feel sad for Halloween and Thanksgiving. The fact that social media is overlooking these two holidays and only focusing on Christmas made me think of Gretchen Wieners’ speech in Mean Girls about Caesar:

“Why should Caesar get to stomp around like a giant, while the rest of us try not to get smushed under his big feet? What's so great about Caesar? Brutus is just as cute as Caesar. Brutus is just as smart as Caesar. People totally like Brutus just as much as they like Caesar. And when did it become okay for one person to be the boss of everybody? Because that's not what Rome is about. We should totally just stab Caesar!”

Except “Caesar” would be substituted with “Christmas,” “Rome” would be “America,” and this speech would be given by Thanksgiving.

I would never complain about candy canes, snow, hot chocolate, presents and Christmas decorations and I wouldn’t be angry if Christmas came early, but I think that we should give the other holidays some credit. After all, they give us time off from school and more opportunities to celebrate.

 

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