Point/Counterpoint: Too Soon or Too Late? Christmas festivities beginning to deck the halls raises seasonal controversial events
January 15, 2019
This part of the year is about gaining weight, spending time with family, and showing festivity. After Thanksgiving the holiday festivities begin for many families, but is that too early? Is it just right? This Point/Counterpoint will go and decide when the perfect time too start the festive holiday celebrations.
Point/Counterpoint: Is Christmas too early?
What happens when you have too much of the same dessert? Yeah, you get fat and, eventually, extremely sick of it. It is the same for Christmas, as much as we all love this holiday, starting it in November is too early. Christmas is a month, not a quarter of the year.
December is the month of Christmas, it is one special day that is surrounded by a month of festivities.
So why is it that in November we happen to completely disregard Thanksgiving, and get ahead of ourselves with all these Christmas decorations?
Holidays have their months, and they should remain in this time phrase. Christmas especially is over-celebrated, and the importance and joy of it is being buried.
To start off, we are too immersed into wanting an excessive amount of what we can not have. Thanksgiving is steamed-rolled completely by Christmas, and it is important to remember and celebrate the true meaning of both holidays. Stores and businesses are the biggest at fault when it comes to early celebrations. Christmas has become way over-marketed. In the beginning of November around the city, decorations appear and an television spews out an excessive amount of commercials and Christmas movies (which are all the same)!
There are some people who think the Christmas seasons should not start so early, “After November is too early, I feel like it takes away from the actual day,” senior Angelina Owensby explains. By starting the celebration a month in advance, the holiday excitement fizzles out by the time Christmas rolls around. After watching the same movies and listening to the same songs on repeat every year leading up to the day, when does it get too much? This routine has to be a broken record.
A lot of people argue that Christmas is the best holiday in the entire year, so they claim that we should bring the joy out of it early. However, Christmas decor in November or even late October is just too much of a jump start. Not to mention that Hobby Lobby begins to prepare for Christmas in July!
Saving something special for a limited period of time makes it more precious and sacred, but the anticipation built up from waiting and then on the day to free your joy, makes the day exhilarating and enjoyable for everyone.
Christmas will forever be a loved holiday, but it diminishes the magic of the season if we force it to drag on or start celebrating it too early.
Point/counterpoint: Is Christmas celebrated too early?
The Christmas season is typically known for the bright lights weaved around every house, the joyful holiday music blaring on the radio, and an assortment of baked goods displayed on the dining room table.
Christmas may be favored by millions around the world, but is it celebrated too early?
This holiday is much more than just a day for eggnog, gift-giving and snowman cookies. It is an entire season, which many celebrate months in advance.
Some say Christmas is only a December holiday, however, it is usually begins at the beginning of November.
“Everyone who is anyone starts the Christmas season in November. All of the stores start their Christmas sales right after Halloween,” states an anonymous writer on debate.org.
“Also, who has ever heard of Thanksgiving music. I certainly haven’t, so it would make sense to play Christmas music during November.”
This holiday is considered to be one of biggest celebrations of the year, so why not give it an extended amount of time to celebrate?
The feeling of decorating the tree or hanging up the lights is intoxicating and is scientifically proven to lift up your mood. “Chromotherapy, or color therapy, which is thought to increase energy levels and boost happiness, might be at play,” states Psychologist Deborah Serani.
Color therapy is, “the use of colors and colored lights to improve or enhance physical or emotional well-being,” according to merriam-webster.com.
“Christmas decorating will spike dopamine, a feel-good hormone,” added Serani in an interview with today.com.
The science behind decorating early proves how celebrating Christmas early can help improve your mood and create a happier season for everyone.
Decorating isn’t the only thing that can help spark the holiday spirit. Gift giving is also scientifically proven to help increase our generosity levels.
A study from redballoon.com states that, “Neurologists suggest that our brains are wired to derive pleasure from giving.”
“Studies have actually found quantitative evidence that we feel a greater sense of happiness when spending money on others as opposed to when we spend the money on ourselves.”
Gift giving during the holidays is not only a way to create a more thankful and cheerful season, but it can also prove to our loved ones how much we care, simply by exchanging gifts.
Christmas should continue to be celebrated early, not only because it includes numerous entertaining activities, but also because it can create a happier and more generous community.
This season is scientifically proven to improve our moods and spark high spirits, so why shouldn’t it be celebrated early? Pushing this holiday into the beginning or middle of November is not a dramatic change and stretching the seasonal activities into Thanksgiving can transform into a more festive outcome.