This one is for you, Grinches and Scrooges of the world.
Halloween is officially over, and the little elf inside my soul is jumping for joy. Don’t get me wrong, I love decorating for Halloween, the cute little kids dressed up in their Halloween costumes, and the never ending flow of Halloween parties for kids and adults alike. However, Halloween is not my warm, fuzzy, happy place. The only real tradition I keep is making sure I buy a cute little Halloween shirt for each of my brother’s 4 kids because they are cute in their matching shirts and it makes me the cool, fun aunt.
November 1st rolls around and gone is the orange and black decorations, Halloween costumes are shoved to the back of the closets, and candy is set aside to pack into lunches for the next month. Out comes the red and green tote boxes labeled ‘Christmas Decorations’. Then comes the Grinches and Scrooges out of the woodwork.
“Doesn’t everyone know Thanksgiving comes before Christmas?”
Just you hush, Mr. Grinch. You too, Mr. Scrooge. Your comments are not wanted. Why is it so wrong that people want to put their Christmas trees up before Thanksgiving, or pull out the Christmas movies to watch with their families, or listen to Christmas music during their work day. For many people, the months of November and December mean families make more time to be with each other, strangers and friends alike are kinder to each other, and people are happier. Of course families should try to spend more time together throughout the year, not just during the holiday months, but ya know… LIFE HAPPENS. Plus, have you ever tried to decorate for Thanksgiving? Have you ever tried making a Thanksgiving playlist? IT’S NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE. My apartment is currently decked out in pumpkins and fall leaves garland with a little sign that says “Thankful”, but I don’t get the same warm, fuzzy, happy feeling seeing those decorations as I do when I pull out the Christmas decorations. Maybe if I was hosting Thanksgiving dinner I would put a little more effort into it, but I’m not.
“Christmas isn’t a season. It’s a feeling.” -Edna Ferber
Edna Ferber was onto something when she said this. You see, for many people including myself, Thanksgiving and Christmas inserts a deep feeling of happiness and belonging into the soul. It is a little bit difficult to explain. It’s sort of like when you make your first best friend in school and you feel happy and like you belong but on a much more intense level. It’s a feeling of happiness, of belonging, of kindness, of memories, of cherishing, of love. If you’re one of the people that feel like people should focus on Thanksgiving before getting into the Christmas spirit, please do not try to take away this feeling from someone. It hurts the soul. When Thanksgiving is over and it is finally December, those people will no longer feel the joy of Christmas. Their spirit will have been crushed by the dozens of people that told them it isn’t acceptable to have such warm, fuzzy, happy feelings before celebrating Thanksgiving. Besides, we love Thanksgiving too! We love that families sit in front of the TV watching the Thanksgiving Day Parade, sit around dining room tables and eat as much food and pumpkin pie possible, and then watch football with full bellies and eyelids drooping, aching for an after dinner nap. It’s not like we are declaring December is 61 days rather than 31. We know Thanksgiving comes before Christmas. We know Thanksgiving is important. WE. KNOW. THIS.
“The best way to spread Christmas cheer is by singing loud for all to hear.”
So, the next time someone is excited for the holidays, know they are excited for Thanksgiving and Christmas and get excited with them. No one is making you put up your Christmas tree, or listen to Christmas music, or watch Christmas movies. Let the holiday lovers stay in their warm, fuzzy, happy places for two months of the year. You get the other 10 months of the year to be a Grinch and a Scrooge. If you think it’s about people being greedy, people trying to be first in line on Thanksgiving night for that new TV, Starbucks red cups, or anything else, you’re wrong. Sure, there are probably a few people where the holidays are about the presents and who can spend the most money or buy the biggest present, but for 99.9% of the people trying to get into the holiday spirit, it’s not about that. Not even close. It’s about that warm, fuzzy, happy feeling. It’s about family, friends, laughter, and making new memories. It’s about being kind to one another.