By Divya Putty
The end of the year is defined by three major holidays: Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. However, the first two always seem to be overshadowed by the last. Christmas has been advertised in stores, on television, and in seasonal movies even before Halloween passes. Before Thanksgiving arrives, the public is already victim to the suffocation of Christmas as a commercialized holiday.
Driving down a street, one can see houses with Christmas decorations as early as late October. Many people start listening to Christmas carols and buy their trees in early November. With the excitement and anticipation for Christmas, we dive into it too early and eventually get bored of it by December. If we binge watch Christmas movies and drink hot chocolate when it is still 80° outside, we won’t care about Christmas in a month.
Retail stores and advertising companies play a large role in sucking the public into Christmas too early in the year. It is understandable for them to promote sales on their items for Christmas, but to introduce special Christmas items in October contributes to its premature celebration. Right after Halloween, Walmart reserves several sections of the store for Christmas kitchen supplies, Christmas decorations, and Christmas food items.
Throughout November, people have baked cookies, cakes, and pies, all in the merriment of Christmas, not Thanksgiving. The holiday is now just a day of feasting with family and friends in the midst of Christmastime when it should be considered and celebrated before the thought of Christmas comes along.