How Soon is Too Soon for Christmas?

Caroline Cafasso

This past Friday, I was driving in my car, and decided to turn on the radio. Flipping through the stations, I come across the Boston favorite, Oldies 103.3. And what did I happen to hear on this channel? Not the classic Beatles tunes or epic Elton John songs that I was hoping for. Instead, it was Christmas music.
That’s right, ladies and gentlemen. On November 11th, holiday songs made their way onto the airwaves.

Don’t get me wrong. I love Christmastime as much as the next person. There’s a reason it’s called “the most wonderful time of the year.” Who doesn’t love getting that Christmas tree, marathons of yuletide movies, and exchanging gifts?

But, the holiday cheer starts much too early, in my opinion. Christmas music on the radio less than two weeks after Halloween? Commercials for holidays items and sales in early November? Has America forgotten about another holiday by the name of Thanksgiving? People seem to have forgotten about it. Why does the Christmas spirit have to start so early? In my opinion (an opinion that is becoming less and less common), the Yuletide cheer should wait until after Thanksgiving to begin. If we start celebrating more and more early every year, there will come a point when we’re sick and tired of Christmas, wanting to get it over with. Stores are also tricking the public into buying more gifts from the long Christmas season. People have so much extra time to get presents, that they will end up purchasing more than necessary. The holiday season is the most lucrative time of the year for businesses, so why should they not try to get as much cash as possible?

This year, Thanksgiving is on November 24th, exactly a month from Christmas Eve. I believe that a month is plenty of time to celebrate. Blasting Christmas music on the radio and doing your shopping in the middle of November will not make Christmas come any faster. It actually might make the wait even longer.
So take a break from sipping eggnog and watching Home Alone. Get pepped up for Thanksgiving, why don’t you? Before you know it, the real Yuletide season will actually start, and trust me, it will be worth the wait.