As Halloween quickly passes those who chose not to celebrate that particular occasion prepare their decorations for another holiday: Christmas.
Halloween draws a big crowd and an even bigger hype, but Christmas enthusiasts don’t let this discourage them from spreading the early holiday cheer.
I conducted a survey among my Christian friends at Azusa Pacific University, inquiring if they were allowed to celebrate Halloween or not due to religious beliefs.
Of the 20 friends I surveyed, an astonishing 15 of them said they weren’t allowed to celebrate Halloween, but instead attend the church harvest festivals.
Evangeline Embry is not only my mother, but also the true queen of Christmas.
“It’s a good way to escape all the negativity and disaster in the world and to focus on something more positive and joyous. It is also wonderful to see the change in the family as they are surrounded by a positive presence,” said Embry.
I’m well aware that breaking out the Christmas decorations early can go against all kinds of protocol, but have to ask, “why this There are pros and cons to early Christmas
People are so reluctant to even mention Christmas before Thanksgiving when both the holidays have the same connotative meaning: one of joy, thankfulness and togetherness.
I conducted a survey among my Christian friends at Azusa Pacific University, asking them if Christmas or Thanksgiving produced more happiness in their house.
80 percent of them thought of Christmas as the more joy-inducing holiday.
“There’s just something about Christmas: the colors, the music, the cookies, the warm hearts and smiles that fills my heart with joy,” stated by APU student Jason Garner
I enjoy being wrapped in tinsel or lights as the smell of fresh snickerdoodle cookies fills the air.
So, with all this being said, is this a do or don’t?
Although I personally partake in early decorating, I realize that there are pros AND cons to the process.
Some cons include experiencing the hot weather while getting decorations out, busted lights from heat, hastle, labor, and judgment from neighbors (let’s not act like we don’t care, because we do).
Many people get so angry at me when they find out I decorate for the December Holiday on Halloween or sometimes earlier.
They say decorating early is a sickness and that the decorations are metaphors for false joy and hope.
People have their various reasons as to why they refuse to decorate early or at all
Nathan Whitmire, my old roommate at APU, stated, “I don’t hate Christmas, but the more I see the decorations, the more I’m reminded of a family tragedy that happened during Christmas.”
Although I sympathize with those struggling through the holiday season for whatever the reason, nothing will stop my holiday joy and decorating.
Whether you’re decking the halls early, waiting for after Thanksgiving, or not decking the halls at all, please remember to spread joy, love, and peace this holiday season as the world we live in becomes darker and darker.
Perhaps if all of us were to give one smile or hug a day, people would have a merry Christmas, indeed.