Goodbye Halloween, Hello Christmas….Wait, What?

Kim Watkins, Editor-In-Chief

With Halloween over, parents sneakily stealing candy from their child’s stash and costumes being packed away for another year, it’s time to celebrate a brand new holiday. As the rest of the world prepares for Christmas, Hanukkah, and a number of other holidays, the United States is preparing for Thanksgiving…or so I thought.

Waking up on Nov. 1, I immediately heard carols blaring from a random passerby’s iPod, saw an Xmas movie lineup on several television channels and noticed several GIF-posters making fun of the fact that Thanksgiving is overshadowed by the more popular Christmas.

For me, the holiday season starts mid-October and lasts through the first couple days of January. There is Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas (and other holidays), and New Year’s Day, which ends the greatly-loved (or hated) holiday season.

I’m all about enjoying each holiday. I love the spookiness and the crisp air of a Halloween night while stuffing my face with candy and watching horror movies. I love the “days of thanks” throughout Nov., the feast set before me and the quality time with family for Thanksgiving. I love the carols, shopping and gift-giving of the Christmas season. I love counting down to the New Year every year, hanging out with my parents.

It seems, however, that Christmas is pushing the turkey to the wayside. It happens every year. Why am I so surprised? I’m not really…just tired of it being ignored.

Considering that there is less than a month in between Thanksgiving Day and Christmas this year, I’m not completely opposed to people celebrating the latter a little earlier than Black Friday. However, I don’t want “Frosty the Snowman” and “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” blaring in my ears, decorations of red and green splattering houses and Christmas movies in my line of sight the day directly after Halloween.

I’m a firm believer in letting Thanksgiving have it’s time to shine too. The turkey gets November; the big, bearded man in white and red can have December. Heck, he can even have the last few days of Nov….as long as it’s after T-Day.