Leave the holidays for the holiday season

Sophia Paranzino, Editor

The winter holiday season is finally upon us, and with it comes plenty of decorations, desserts and celebrations. But when should all of these festivities start? Some, in anxious anticipation for the coming holidays, believe we should start the season the day after Halloween. However, I do not believe this to be true. I believe that we should begin the winter holiday season after Thanksgiving has passed so that we can fully appreciate the holiday and so that the coming season feels more special.

Don’t get me wrong, the Friday after Thanksgiving, my family and I get our Christmas tree, decorate our house with lights, and make our Christmas cards because we love the holiday season and want to celebrate it. But not before then. Thanksgiving is a time for families to come together and to take a pause from their busy lives and be thankful for the blessings that they have. If we start celebrating the winter holidays before Thanksgiving, then this holiday loses its importance and simply blends into the commercial holiday season.

Not only should we leave the holiday season until after Thanksgiving to preserve Thanksgiving, we should also do so because it will make the holiday season more special when it occurs. Most people love the winter holidays, but there’s a reason we don’t celebrate all year long. If we did, the magic of the season would dissipate. It would no longer be an item of anticipation but just another thing to do. Plenty of important holidays are celebrated in December like Hanukkah, Kwanza and Christmas to name a few. These holidays all hold important meaning to various groups of people and are reasons to celebrate. Therefore, we should leave the holiday celebrations until after Thanksgiving to preserve their specialness. But ultimately, if celebrating right after Halloween brings you joy in this confusing and strange time, then by all means go for it.