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Santa or the Grinch: Is Christmas Coming Too Early?

by Liz Laughlin and Austin Zagorac

There are two types of people in the world: those who start preparing for Christmas in mid-October before little princesses and superheroes can say “trick-or-treat,” and those who who sit around and “bah-humbug” until about Dec. 23. Which attitude is the right one? Is Christmas coming too early?

Grinch and max

The Grinch: Liz Laughlin

Imagine you’re at work, folding a nice, neat stack of shirts. It took you ten minutes to get them just right, and now it’s time to go home. After working seven long hours, dealing with crabby customers–and managers–, you feel exhausted and fatigued.

“THEY’RE STILL OPEN!” someone cries out, noticing your store. Quick! Hurry and close the doors before they can come in!

But it’s too late. Betty and her five children come marching in, acting as if they own the place.

“It’s never too early to shop for Christmas,” Betty tells you, while destroying your stack of shirts.

Although you feel like you want to scream, kick a wall, and fall onto the floor, you must smile like nothing happened. This is your job.

This is just a prelude for what is to come, handling miserable customers holding twenty bags. Dressing up like an elf, remembering to always say, “Have a happy holiday!” But then there’s the man who hisses, “It’s Merry Christmas”, shooting a dirty look in your direction.

Gee. Christmas can’t come soon enough, can it?

black friday lines macys

As the Grinch would say, “all the lines, lines, lines lines” on Black Friday at Macy’s.

Except it already has.

In New York City, department stores began to decorate around mid-September. This means, for over three months already, these places have been glorifying Christmas.

At Westmoreland Mall, the holiday light-up night came especially early this year, November 6th. Literally seven days after the stores passed out candy, they were decorated and ready for Christmas.

Are people losing their minds?

K-Mart even made a commercial two months ago about this Christmas insanity. In the clip, an employee states, “Hello, America. We understand it’s ridiculous to think about Christmas now.” The rest of the commercial is spoken with extreme sarcasm and satire, saying how “ridiculous” these sales are. As the clip concludes, the employee calls this all “ridiculously awesome.”

In all of this, there’s one thing that most people– and companies–seem to ignore.

There is still a holiday between Halloween and Christmas, one that means a great deal. Thanksgiving has historical significance for our country, but the idea behind the holiday matters just as much: being thankful for what you have.

Too often, we rush to the next big thing, the next big place. It’s become so rushed–and commercialized– that some people are forced to work Thanksgiving, preparing for the big, bad, and the ugly: Black Friday, the biggest shopping day before Christmas.

I can’t even say the words without cringing. As a fellow mall employee, I know what it feels like to have a gigantic mob of people rushing towards you. I know what it feels like to hear that first Christmas song, way too early.
Christmas may be the most wonderful time of the year, but let’s wait until December to celebrate.


Santa Claus: Austin Zagorac

Hot chocolate, a warm fire, and a Michael Bublé Christmas album.  Chances are, you’ve enjoyed all three of the
se things in past Decembers.  And chances are, you can’t wait to enjoy them again.

The holiday season is fast approaching, and there’s no stopping it.  Then again, why would you want to?  

Hours upon hours of studying for exams and grinding through papers are finally about to pay off.  Very soon, your agenda will consist of ABC Family’s 25 Days of Christmas, looking over holiday cards, and making your pets wear amusing coats for Snapchat.  

Cozy Christmas Scene

You can just imagine the Michael Bublé Christmas CD playing in the background.

Sure, presents are always nice too.  However, it’s important to remember that this is our designated time for relaxation and celebration with our families.  Daily trips to the library will be replaced with your favorite holiday traditions.  

Freshman Christie Ricco is looking forward to her own Christmas rituals.  

“On Christmas eve, my little sisters get way too excited to sleep so they come in my room where we have a little slumber party.”

It’s memories like these that make Christmas so fascinating to look forward to.  

When you see the very first Christmas trees begin to sprout up across homes and shopping malls (chances are you have definitely already seen at least one), remember not to stress about buying gifts or how you might be “so not ready for Christmas.”  

Appreciate holiday memories from your past, and look forward to the ones you and your loved ones are about to make this holiday season and beyond.

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