Don’t be a Grinch this November


Thanksgiving and Christmas don’t have to be separate. Art by Elliott Montbriand

Emma Olson, Opinions Editor

As of November 7 this year, my aunt and uncle have already put up their Christmas tree—well, their first one of the year. This decision stirred up controversy in the family group chat: some say it’s too early to start getting in the Christmas spirit, and that even though it’s a plastic tree that won’t dry out, it’s ridiculous to put it up already. These people are wrong.

Companies everywhere are prepared for Christmas already. Grocery stores have put up their festive displays; Starbucks has brought back their famous non-denominational holiday cups. Sure, this milking of the holiday spirit might be a byproduct of corporate greed, but it still inspires a certain holly-jollyness, and there’s nothing wrong with enjoying it.

It’s understandable why some people are against Christmastime starting in November. The main argument, of course, being that it brushes Thanksgiving aside. However, Thanksgiving doesn’t really need more than its one day. There are no fun Thanksgiving songs to listen to, not many Thanksgiving traditions beyond eating a meal. It’s not like turkey day will be ruined if there’s some garland hanging around the table. In fact, one of the best parts of Thanksgiving is the knowledge that Christmas is quickly approaching.

Others argue that the Christmas hype should wait because they’re sick of hearing the carols play on repeat. This is fair (although, as someone who thoroughly enjoys Christmas music, I don’t understand it). However, being a Grinch isn’t going to change the playlist at Wal-Mart. You might as well tap your foot to “All I Want for Christmas is You.”

There’s nothing wrong with getting excited for your favorite holiday. For those who celebrate it, Christmas represents togetherness and charitability, two qualities that the world could definitely use some more of right now. Giving to others, whether through buying gifts for your loved ones or donating to the less fortunate, is what the holidays are all about. Why delay this sense of community?

During a time where we’re forced to be apart from our friends and loved ones, Christmas is a reminder that we’re all in this together. Even if we have to mail our gifts to each other instead of gathering the whole family around the fireplace, or if we have to spend the day making awkward Zoom calls to say “merry Christmas,” the holidays are one thing that can’t be taken away by the strangeness that has been 2020. If listening to Michael Buble and drinking eggnog makes you happy, there’s no reason to postpone it.