People should respect holiday time frames

By Emily Iverson

Sandwiched between the patio furniture and the office supply section of every well-known super store is the ever-changing, seasonally appropriate and beloved holiday display.

As September’s back-to-school deals come off the shelves, even the least observant customers will notice the jack-o’-lanterns and fake spider webs that make their way onto the shelves. While it is October, and we are a few months away from Christmas, jingle bells and candy canes are already beginning to loom over the Halloween section. The battle between holidays poses a question that is now considered a taboo to ask: how early is too early to start decorating for the holidays?

Although Christmas is considered a joyous occasion by many, it has an implied timeframe that people seem to have forgotten. Seeing Christmas decorations months before the celebration desensitizes the brain, and it erodes the joy away from “the most wonderful time of the year.” Eventually, red and green will no longer be associated with Saint Nick. Instead, the iconic combination of colors will become associated with both fall and winter.

Making decorations exclusive to the Christmas season, instead of inserting them at the initiation of autumn, makes them special, while respecting other holiday seasons.

The days leading up to Christmas are enough time to soak in the Christmas spirit. Technically, winter does not start until Dec. 21, but people anticipate the wreaths and plastic snowmen that make their way on to their neighbors’ lawns at the start of December.

Undoubtedly, the time leading up to Christmas feels longer than the times that lead up to St. Patrick’s Day or the Fourth of July.

Putting up a twinkling evergreen this early in the year steals the appreciation for worthy festivities like Halloween and Thanksgiving. With the untimely set-up of Christmas decorations, Thanksgiving can, and will, merely become a holiday to start off the Christmas season.

It is understood that Christmas and the decorations that come along with it are large sources of income for corporations. The business practice of selling Christmas decorations prematurely is intended to take advantage of the meaningful holiday and extract money from consumers earlier.

However, Halloween is a force to be reckoned with: Americans spend approximately $6.9 billion on Halloween merchandise every year; therefore, Halloween merchandise should be the focal point of sales during the month of October. The aisles that shell out Christmas sweets at the beginning of October could be put to better use by displaying additional costumes or other relevant items. Why mess with an already successful market?

A large part of the reason that we celebrate the winter holidays is the simple fact that they make people happy. If a person places artificial garland leaves around the handrails of his or her staircase a week into November, and it puts smile on his or her face, so be it. However, people should move the Christmas tree out of the way before they watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Christmas in summer

Monica Lopez / The Poly Post

Christmas in summer

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