Editor’s Exchange – HOLIDAY CELEBRATIONS
December 8, 2020
Features Editor Megan Harper and News/Design Editor Julia Tully Face- off on hot button issues of the moment.
Why we should celebrate Christmas earlier
The holidays are, in my opinion, the best time of year. Houses and buildings are adorned with lights and decorations, Christmas music plays on every radio station, and there’s an overall feeling of cheer in the air.
That spirit of giving and positivity is my favorite part of Christmastime, and it’s something I wish we could have year-round. I’ve seen that same spirit more than ever over the last year as we’ve fought this pandemic, and I hope that it’s something we as a society carry with us, even when COVID is less of a concern.
In the competitive, fast-paced capitalist society we’re living in, there is little time to sit and appreciate the little things in life. Exchanging gifts, sharing a meal, or simply spending quality time with family and friends are luxuries that many people cannot afford, as they spend their time working to make ends meet for their family. The holidays allow all of us a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life; a chance to relax.
A holiday focused mainly on gift-giving tends to bring out the materialistic side in all of us, and I think that’s okay. I would be lying if I said my favorite part of Christmas wasn’t giving (and receiving) gifts. Personally, it gives me an excuse to feed my shopping addiction in a positive way.
Another favorite part of the holidays for me is that they’re different for everyone. There are several different holidays being celebrated across different religions, and every family and culture has their own traditions and customs. It’s a time of joy and celebration all over the world.
Personally, I think Christmas is just superior to other holidays in every way, which is why I prefer to pretend they don’t exist and start celebrating the Christmas season right after Halloween. Thanksgiving did originate as a celebration of the colonization of America and the murder of indigenous people, after all.
The holidays can be a hard time of year for many, especially those who have lost a loved one or are facing financial troubles, and I understand the hesitation to be celebratory when times seem so dark. Fortunately, the week after Christmas comes a new year, bringing a fresh start and a glimmer of hope that things will be better in the year ahead.
For these reasons, I think people should be allowed to celebrate the holidays as early as they want. Especially in a year like this one, we should be allowed any scrap of joy we can find, and if putting up the Christmas tree on October 1 makes you happy, so be it. If you want to belt out Let It Snow when it’s a hundred degrees outside, do it. The positivity that Christmas brings should be enjoyed year-round. Who cares what others think?
Why we should celebrate Christmas at a normal time
To me, the holidays are a very special time of year. It’s the only months of the year where almost all houses on the block are decorated, and everyone is focused on giving, rather than getting.
With that being said I believe we should hold all holiday celebrations and decorations until after Thanksgiving, and keep them up until January or February. Things like Christmas music and blow-up Santas are just weird to have around until after holidays like Halloween and Thanksgiving pass. Putting up decorations beforehand is basically just pushing away those small, but very real, holidays.
I believe that the holidays bring good vibes. Everyone is in high-spirits, and appreciating every bit of life. But, that doesn’t mean the holiday’s should last forever. We just have to make the atmosphere that surrounds holidays last. People should always want to give more than they get. And they should always strive to be in a cheery mood towards anyone and everyone. There is no reason that all of that holiday cheer goes away after the holidays, so just carry on being your holiday self, without Mariah Carey playing in the background.
Along with “All I Want For Christmas”, I really don’t think I can stand listening to “Feliz Navidad” for an entire year. Half of the people that go around singing that stupid song only know the title of the song, so let’s please NOT keep that going.
I would also have a problem with buying people presents every month. While it is nice to save up money, and spend a month or two getting gifts for your close family and friends, I would not want to have to worry about that all year long. After the holidays, I’m going back to spending all of my money on things that I need and I want. Spending all of that time making sure I have enough money for others is tiring, so I deserve the long months I get afterwards to reward myself.
Also, the holidays are super hard on some families. The struggle of saving money also comes with the struggle of overworking yourself to make more money for gifts. There are also people who don’t have or don’t like their family, and constantly celebrating the holiday would be awful for them. There is also the seasonal depression that happens along Christmastime, so are we bringing that along all year too?
Yes, the holidays are one of the most beautiful times of the year, but rather than dragging the holiday along, try and bring all of the joy, and laughter, and positivity that comes from the holidays, out of them, and into the new year, where you can prepare for the next round of “Feliz Navidad” singers and crazy shoppers.