Christmas cheer knows no boundaries


Deck the halls and light the lights… it’s Christmas time. The moment the clock strikes 12 on Nov. 1, Halloween festivities are over, and the Christmas celebration begins. The Michael Bublé Christmas album turns on, the Christmas tree comes out of retirement and decorating commences, lasting until the morning comes.

Who established the joy of the holiday couldn’t be spread beyond a mere 25 days? The Scrooges of the world will try to limit the comfort and happiness of the human race with this belief, but they have no jurisdiction. If one would like to get in the spirit before Thanksgiving, it’s their right to do so, and there is no better way than to put up decorations.

Christmas decorations are the foundation of Christmas, therefore peace, gaiety and all things good in the world. Mom’s hundred item collection of nutcrackers, the macaroni ornament you made in kindergarten and garland that wraps around your staircase all warm the hearts of the entire family.  

Although essential, it is not always easy to put up decorations. For those who go “all out” or have large homes it is an all-day event—a fun event, but not convenient. After Thanksgiving, it is difficult to find time to decorate and still be able to shop, party and watch every single movie during Freeform’s “25 days of Christmas.” If decorations are up early, families can enter the Christmas season with less stress. Additionally, early decorating frees families to Black Friday shop because they don’t need to transition their decor the day after Thanksgiving.

It is true, however, Thanksgiving deserves recognition. If hosting the Thanksgiving feast at one’s own home, it is important to give the day its moment in the spotlight. Therefore, Thanksgiving hosts may have reason to hold off decorating.

To everyone else, decorate on.  Everyone deserves to get their money’s worth. The longer it’s up the longer one can bask in Christmas glory, invite people over to look in awe and give themselves a pat on the back for having a pretty home. For many, the amount of time and money invested in decorating for Christmas deserves more than a month or two of recognition. However, this is an obtainable dream, so they settle for the months of November and December.