It's Oct. 31 at 11:59 p.m., and people are finishing their Halloween celebrations for the evening. It was a long but enjoyable Halloweekend, and Halloween on a Monday didn't disappoint either. Then the clock strikes 12; it's officially Nov. 1.
The Halloween decorations and costumes disappear, immediately replaced by Mariah Carey in a sparkly red dress. She starts singing, "I don't want a lot for Christmas, there is just one thing I need" – wait, hold on a second. Aren't we forgetting about something? Oh right, Thanksgiving.
It isn't December yet, folks.
Now I know it's tempting to start blasting Christmas music and put up the decorations the second Halloween ends, but let's just take a deep breath. Christmas already has the month of December. Does it really need November as well?
If you consider the fact that Creighton is Catholic, students could also continue celebrating Christmas until Jan. 8, the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, and the end of the Church Christmas season.
Part of the magic of Christmas is that it is not celebrated every day of the year. We don't wake up every morning to a pile of presents under the tree. This same idea applies to the Christmas season. The longer the Christmas season is, the less special it is.
Now, I'm not saying you can't celebrate a little early, but could you at least wait to put up your tree until after Thanksgiving?
What's worse than celebrating Christmas all December and Thanksgiving only the day of, is not celebrating Thanksgiving at all.
According to a survey completed by Personal Capital, one-fourth of Americans are planning to skip celebrating Thanksgiving this year. It's sad that we are skipping a holi- day of gratitude and family in order to focus two months on Christmas, an over-commercialized holiday that honestly doesn't need more than a month to celebrate.
There are many ways to enjoy celebrating Thanksgiving this year. You can watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade, any or all of the three NFL games on Thanksgiving, or “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.” Friendsgivings are always a good time, especially if your family is chaotic during holidays.
No matter if the company is good or not, Thanksgiving debatably has the best food of any holiday, so enjoy it.
Christmas can wait a little longer.