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Why You Should Wait to Put Up Your Christmas Decorations

Megan Wood, News Co-Editor

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One of the biggest arguments as the holiday season grows closer is whether or not the celebrating and decorating of Christmas should be done before or after Thanksgiving. Though these choices are optional and up to those in charge, there are some good reasons to wait on your celebration.

In centuries past, the Roman Catholic tradition was to wait until the afternoon of Christmas Eve to put up decorations and keep them up through the New Year, however today this is considered to be too late. Nonetheless, many believe that the beginning of Advent, the period leading up to Christmas, is a good time to “deck the halls.” For many who buy real trees however, the tree may not make it to Christmas. Instead, other traditions are to wait 12 days before Christmas, connected to the jolly tune in theory, waiting until the 3rd Sunday, nearing the end of Advent, putting the tree up on December 6th in honor of St. Nicholas, and decorating the 2nd Saturday in order to leave a reasonable time of 2-3 weeks before Christmas.

Decorating anytime earlier can be shaky ground in some minds, however, most agree that adorning the tree is acceptable so long as it’s done after Thanksgiving. Black Friday or the weekend after Thanksgiving is the earliest up should go up. Thanksgiving is cut in half as is because of Black Friday, so having a beautiful tree up on Thanksgiving takes away the festiveness of your full table and full plate. As a nationally-celebrated holiday, it deserves its own day without any distractions. Thanksgiving is the embodiment of thankfulness, which sets a tone of Christmas cheer and giving. Just as well, despite what people say, there is plenty of time to jazz up the tree after Thanksgiving.

More so, starting Christmas celebrations earlier takes away from fall itself. People rave about fall themed items such as cool weather, crisp leaves, pumpkin spice, and hoodies. November personifies all of these and yet it is forgotten in the Christmas craze- it is almost as if November has become pre-December.

Everyone loves Christmas, which makes us all want to celebrate it as early as possible. However, beginning your celebrating too early almost makes Christmas an annoyance and takes away some of its magic. The longer it draws on, the sooner the carols lose their joy and the holiday spirit is sucked away.

Megan Wood, Managing Co-Editor

Megan Wood is a Junior at SCHS. She has been on the Journalism staff for 2 years and is currently the Managing Co-Editor. Her favorite quote is “I may...

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