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Christmas Before Thanksgiving?

You know what they say about Christmas — it’s the most wonderful time of the year. But can the most wonderful time of the year come too early? I have always seen Christmas decor in stores right after, or even sometimes before Halloween, but never really knew anyone who put up the tree before Thanksgiving. […]

You know what they say about Christmas — it’s the most wonderful time of the year. But can the most wonderful time of the year come too early? I have always seen Christmas decor in stores right after, or even sometimes before Halloween, but never really knew anyone who put up the tree before Thanksgiving. This year, I have noticed so many people decorating for Christmas before Thanksgiving. This observation made me wonder: are people decorating early because they need a little extra cheer this year or do they always pull out the Christmas lights early?

Ever since I can remember, my parents have decorated for Christmas after Thanksgiving. The reason why is because we believe each holiday deserves its time to shine. In a normal year, we would have a huge Thanksgiving at my grandparents house with somewhere between 25-35 people. Then either the weekend after Thanksgiving or the next weekend, we get our Christmas tree and start decorating.

Maddy’s dog Winston is ready for Christmas.

My family very much appreciates Thanksgiving and all that comes with it. We have family in town, my dad wakes up early to cook the turkey, we all get ready and watch the parade. Then we head over to my grandparents house for a long day of football, hanging with family and eating — what more could you want?

Let me tell you, my parents feel very passionately about the importance of Thanksgiving. When I was around six or seven years old, I would start singing “Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer” with my cousins, and if anyone heard us, they would yell “No Christmas music until after Thanksgiving!” Because this idea of no Christmas until after Thanksgiving was ingrained in me as a child, I think it is unusual and disrespectful when people begin decorating for Christmas before Thanksgiving.

I do understand with the climate of this year that people might not be able to celebrate Thanksgiving the way that they usually can, so bringing in the spirit of Christmas a little early will lift them up. This year and this year only it is acceptable to decorate for Christmas before Thanksgiving.

Maddy Hesse’s (’21) family decided to pull out the stockings early simply because of the dreary nature of 2020.

The Cotillo family tree is all lit up.

“We normally decorate the day after Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and have done that since I was born. We kind of have traditions for everything and it’s always been that way until this year” she shared with me. “My parents and I decided since 2020 has been kind of a bummer we wanted to decorate a little early. We did some little things and got all of our decorations from storage and put up a tree.”

While decorating before Thanksgiving is new to the Hesse family, some families have done this for years.

Elizabeth Cotillo (’21) let me in on why her family decorates so early

“We have done it because we just want to decorate early and not fall behind,” the senior says. “<y family loves Christmas — we even play Christmas music at thanksgiving. There two separate holidays — you can make them one and celebrate them as one”

While both Liz and Maddy like to spend a bit more of the year in holiday cheer, some families are passionately against decorating for Christmas before Thanksgiving.

“People who listen to Christmas music all year are like Disney adults — they’re overdoing it” Rubi Fernandez (’21) angrily expressed to me.

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