Christmas in November

Santa Claus is coming to town…in a month and a half.
Before we can finish up our bowl of uneaten Halloween candy or smash our rotting jack-o-lanterns, Christmas garland is already being strung from house to house, or dorm room to dorm room. And if I recall, we’ve barely been in November for a full week.
Maybe it’s because there’s no catchy jingles or movie marathons that tag along with the feasting holiday, but Thanksgiving is still a season of it’s own to celebrate nonetheless. Especially considering we are rewarded days off for the occasion, in which isn’t true for Halloween, you would think us students would feel the need to emphasize on such a treat.
“As much as I enjoy Thanksgiving, I just love Christmas more,” explains Junior Alyssa Harding. “I feel that once Halloween is over, it is acceptable for me to begin celebrating the Christmas season, and Thanksgiving is apart of that season, so I’m not technically skipping it, just combining the two, if you will.”
Looking past the awarded days off, the holiday is appointed to celebrate the many things we have to be thankful for, hence the name. And regardless of society’s lack of acknowledgement prior to the holiday, Thanksgiving Day is always full of themed celebrations. I mean, who can complain about the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, or the 30 pound turkey taking the place of your table’s centerpiece. Whatever the reason may be that we wait until the third Thursday to engage in the turkey day celebrations, the occasion never leaves us disappointed or empty handed.
“Thanksgiving day is honestly my favorite holiday,” admits Junior Carter Roberts. “I know the hype is all about Christmas, but I can’t think of a better way to spend a day than feasting on delicious food, while giving thanks with the people you love most. Plus, the ending of Thanksgiving Day officially starts the Christmas season,” explains Roberts. “And I find, that by taking the two holidays in stride, gives you more time to not only celebrate but appreciate the two for their individual qualities.” So, do you start celebrating Christmas in November, or…

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