Opinion: Early Christmas Caused by Society’s Need for ‘Most and Best’

November 28, 2017

Opinion

By Haely Katt

I gayly entered my car on November 1st with every intention of jamming to some random pop song on the radio. I began my arduous journey of switching through different channels on the radio, carefully dodging every ad and commercial that was in signal.

I patiently waited for the perfect song to get my morning started. I cheerfully began my ritual of switching between my favorite stations like 103.3 and 106.3. The morning talk show hosts on 103.3 were going on some random tangent about their personal problems that somehow many people find relatable (I find them annoying… I listen to the radio for music, not to listen to why you didn’t get sleep last night).

I continued to switch the stations and was stopped in my tracks when I heard a familiar festive tune. “Jingle bell Jingle bell Jingle bell rock.” My stomach flipped as I realized that Christmas had come early this year. When I say early, I don’t mean that it had snuck up on me, I mean that everything about Christmas was getting pushed early. The commercials, the songs, the holiday pressure. 105.1 had jumped the gun, completely disregarding all holiday normality. The radio station was only the tip of the Christmas iceberg.

When I got home I was bombarded by commercials on TV and YouTube. I felt like I was smooshed in Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” Only Jack Skellington was not the culprit of the massive holiday collision, it was American consumerism. The capitalist economy had catalyzed American brands to push their biggest money making scheme early: Christmas. The real evil of the whole push of Christmas early does not lie within American corporations but rather within the American obsession to have the most and best of everything.    

But perhaps the worst part of Christmas getting pushed early is that Thanksgiving is demeaned. Thanksgiving has just become a roadblock to Black Friday and Christmas. The very first peaceful celebration between Native American’s and the pilgrims is looked at as a minor holiday. Thanksgiving gets nowhere near the recognition of Christmas, which makes Thanksgiving seem less important. I guess that brings us back to an important question: is a holiday only as important as advertised? Thanksgiving and Christmas share a lot of the same values like family and food yet no one is as excited to celebrate Thanksgiving.

Regardless, the effort put into early advertisements for Christmas is ridiculous. I am not saying that I am going to be a Scrooge the entire Christmas season but it is frustrating when Christmas overrides other important holidays. Since Thanksgiving has now passed, I feel like I can condone Christmas festivities with a clear conscience, but it leaves me wondering how much earlier will Christmas come next year?

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