Thanksgiving cookies by a Santa figurine under a clear snowflake
"Snowflake" by IthacaBarbie, "Fall Thanksgiving" by Kiss My Buttercream, "Merry Christmas!" by Nick-K (Nikos Koutoulas), "christmas lights (ii)" by Clara T S H

42Fifty Editors Delaney Holman and Trinity Heard debate on whether November is too soon to begin holiday festivities.

Point: Holiday festivities should begin in November

Trinity Heard

I, along with many others, believe holiday season celebrations should begin sometime in November. One month is simply not enough time to celebrate all the holidays and traditions that fall into December. There’s simply too much to do: drink hot cocoa and eggnog, watch holiday movies, bake cookies and gingerbread houses, etc. How can all of these fun activities fit into your schedule with the added stress of holiday shopping? Extending the holiday season to November would relieve the stress of shopping in time.

Once the leaves start falling and it’s “beginning to look a lot like Christmas,” we should begin the festivities. Nature gives us clues to when the seasons will change, and when fall begins to fade, the winter holiday season begins to shine! Thanksgiving should have its spotlight because it celebrates giving thanks, just not as long as the holiday season should. Once it’s November and feeling less like fall, it’s time to prepare for the holidays. We don’t have to necessarily start the holiday season on Nov. 1, but we also shouldn’t start as late as Dec. 1.

Another important factor to consider is the difference between holidays and seasons. Christmas is just one holiday involved in the holiday season. This season includes Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and New Year’s Eve. Seasons should always last longer than the singular holiday, and Thanksgiving is not a part of any season. It would be unfair to give Thanksgiving, a singular holiday, just as much time as an entire season. With the lack of traditions, it’s even harder to understand why Thanksgiving would need so much of November. Taking time out of November isn’t just for Christmas, it’s for the entire holiday season itself. No matter what you celebrate, the holiday season is for everyone and shouldn’t just be about Christmas. Festivities like gingerbread houses and ice-skating make people happy and aren’t completely based on specific holidays.

Those who don’t celebrate the November-to-December holidays still participate in spreading cheer. Even Starbucks and Dunkin’ know that once November hits, it is time to bring out the festive peppermint and flavors. I understand the craze for pumpkin spice, but let’s face it: Thanksgiving is the middle child of the holidays. It doesn’t fit into any season and there aren’t any traditions for it besides the day itself. It doesn’t need a full month to shine when the winter-themed festivities are nearing.

Thanksgiving is a holiday to give thanks and spend time with family and friends, but that doesn’t mean it deserves all of November. November lacks in traditions and the holiday season overflows with customs people around the world do together. The holiday season is a time to also give thanks and receive awesome gifts from those you love. We can celebrate both seasons, but the holiday season requires more time to truly celebrate it.

By eating candy canes and singing Christmas carols in November, we are using unused holiday time that Thanksgiving doesn’t use. All Thanksgiving needs is a day to cook and eat. There are not any traditions outside of the day of Thanksgiving. Additionally, there are few Thanksgiving movies and songs that have the same effect holiday ones do. What Thanksgiving movie could have as much of an impact as “Elf,” “The Grinch,” “Home Alone,” or “A Christmas Story”? Do you ever see Lifetime do a month’s worth of Thanksgiving movies like it does with the holidays? Didn’t think so. 

So next time you hate on someone for wearing their fuzzy, Christmas-themed socks, think about just how little of an impact Thanksgiving has on November. 

Counterpoint: Holiday festivities should not begin before Thanksgiving.

Delaney Holman

I, along with even more people, believe celebrating the holidays that come after Thanksgiving should NOT begin the second Halloween ends! Thanksgiving is a wonderful day where I get to shove my face full of food and go to sleep immediately without being called rude by excusing myself from my family. I think that should not be overlooked, and instead, it should be given the proper amount of undivided attention. 

I am a big fall person, and it is a huge misconception that fall ends after October. Fall is not beginning to fade. NOVEMBER IS STILL FALL, PEOPLE. Thanksgiving is considered to be during the fall season. Therefore, Halloween and Thanksgiving fall underneath the fall season. I still want to enjoy folk music and hot tea with a book while I gaze upon the piles of leaves in the front yard. Festivities during the fall season should be enjoyed throughout the ENTIRE fall season, and not be cut short by holiday music on the radio and making gingerbread houses when it’s obviously still pumpkin spice season. These festivities also make people happy and are not entirely based on specific holidays either. 

Don’t get me wrong: I’m not a holiday hater, but I will admit, I despise hearing Christmas music in November. Even before Thanksgiving,  my ears are bombarded with “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” every time I turn on my car.  First off, NO IT’S NOT; every time it has snowed so far this year, it has melted immediately. Second, holiday music is heavily replayed, and there never seems to be new holiday music. I do actually enjoy the holiday season; my only issue is when the holiday season actually starts. Since people believe it starts almost as soon as November starts, we hear the same songs repeated over and over again before the real holiday season even rolls around. I am SICK of Christmas carols.

The fall season has many traditions, movies, and activities that continue throughout November. Movies such as “Charlie Brown Thanksgiving,” “Free Birds,” “The Blind Side,” “Friendsgiving,” “Garfield’s Thanksgiving,” “Addams Family Values,” and so many more. 

Thanksgiving deserves its space. The joy of getting together with family and friends to create a meal and enjoy it together is special for those who celebrate. 

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