Christmas in November? Holiday cheer is coming early this year
No matter what holiday you celebrate in the winter season, whether it be Hanukkah, Christmas, or Kwanzaa it can be a joyous time of year. However, with Halloween and Thanksgiving bridging the gap between the summer, and these holidays, when is it too early to start celebrating? For me, as soon as November rolls around it’s time to break out the wreaths and Michael Buble soundtracks. While Thanksgiving is a big deal for my family it’s really just a speed bump to the real event, Christmas. Many people disagree though, and think that by doing this they are robbing Halloween and Thanksgiving of their rightful time to shine and seriously over doing it on the later holidays.
Hannah Tonsmann is a spirited senior at Bainbridge High School, and can be spotted holding a holiday themed mug all year round. “I think that the holiday spirit is the best part of the season! Little parts end up being the best. For me a classy holiday mug gives me just the boost I need to remember the joy in the air,” said Tonsmann.
Her perspective of using small pieces to keep her happy seems like the perfect compromise. She also went on to recommend the children’s section of Winslow Greens thrift shop for all of your mug needs. She gains tremendous delight from her Christmas mugs no matter what time of year it is, and if that doesn’t convey the the real meaning of the holiday season I don’t know what does.
If you’re someone who truly isn’t invested in the other holidays leading up to December than some themed socks, mugs, or listening to music in the car could be just what you need. Another aspect to think about is why this time of year does seem to be so generally happy. After talking to Alex Miller, another senior and Christmas lover the answer seemed obvious. Between the colors, lights, and food the associations we make with this time of year are substantially more good than bad. Outside of the actual holidays there’s also winter break which is another thing we associate with that time of year. There’s also the fact that certain decorations and customs are only up for a moment. This may be cozy sweaters, yummy treats, or the warm decor.
Overall, the consensus seems to be to start celebrating whenever you like. If you love dressing up for Halloween and feasting at Thanksgiving then give those holidays the pedestal they deserve. If as soon as the leaves begin to turn on the temperature dips you’re ready to break out your Santa socks, that’s okay too! Whatever makes you feel and spread the holiday joy the most is what you should do, no explanation necessary.