Christmas: Celebrating Before December?

Hannah Reasor, Entertainment Editor

Christmas: A holiday that many people celebrate and many stores materialize, which seems to come sooner and sooner every year.

Many people do not believe that Christmas should be celebrated earlier than its designated “season.” That means no Christmas songs, spirit or decorations should be fêted or put out.

But who decides when the “Christmas season” is? Christmas is an individual holiday, much like Hanukkah, Kwanza, and all other winter holidays. Christmas has evolved so much in the thousands of years it has been around therefore there is no “right” time to start celebrating a holiday that is significant and special to you and your family customs.

Stores find Christmas as their yearly bank-in where they can attempt to make up for losses in the year or make a cushion for the upcoming year. Christmas is also a religious celebration and/or a way to appreciate the gifts of life, family and friends.

With that in mind, there is no right time to celebrate the spirit of Christmas. Many people carry the “Christmas spirit” throughout the year. It is no one else’s right to tell another when it is appropriate to celebrate a holiday that means something different for everyone.

As for stores, much of their revenue comes from Christmas sales. Thanksgiving is not a huge money-making time for non-grocery stores because it isn’t a typical “gift-giving” holiday. Thus, stores will put out Christmas sales and decorations as early as Nov. 1st, to try to make the largest amount of sales.

There’s a saying: “If it’s not broken, don’t fix it.”

Therefore, there’s no need to go and criticize people for celebrating a renowned international holiday a month early. People should be able to celebrate when they want, how they want, and for how long they want.

People should stop judging others for enjoying Christmas out of what society deems “Christmas season.”