There are twinkling lights hanging on the wall, fake snow above the fireplace and bulbs dangling from the ceiling. And yes, Christmas is still two months away. The thing is, I'm not sorry.
I’m going to preface this by saying I just watched Elf today, so you know what’s coming to you. Now let’s talk about premature holiday decorating and why I do it earlier than most. Lots of people have beef with early holiday decorations, especially before Thanksgiving. I have news for them. Decorating for the holidays early isn’t a federal crime, in fact, it’s pretty much innocuous to literally everyone.
Last week, I went to Fred Meyer and Target, to stock up on holiday decorations for this upcoming season. My housemates looked on with terror as I stacked bulbs and lights onto the conveyor belt with frightening intensity. When I returned that night, I decorated my entire house and it looks fantastic. Sure, our electricity bill may be higher than ever, but that’s the price we pay for happiness.
You must be wondering how and why this is necessary for me. I have a few lines of reasoning for why I start celebrating Christmas so early, so sit back, pour yourself a glass of eggnog and indulge me for a while.
One of the main reasons I was inspired to decorate on Nov. 1 was because Thanksgiving is so late this year and I only have about three weeks total to celebrate before the New Year rolls around. I couldn’t deal with having less than two weeks of Christmas cheer around my house. I always feel like a home is missing something until its completely decked out in holiday decor.
Another reason is that this is my all-time favorite part of the year is because I believe everything is better during the holidays. Food, movies, people’s attitudes, the list goes on. Last Christmas I remember eating an enormous sum of cookies and desserts and not having any remorse because it was the holidays. Also, cozying up under a blanket and watching a Christmas movie is a luxury that should not be confined to December (see Elf reference in the second paragraph). This kind of bliss should be accessible as early as November.
My third line of reasoning is because the holidays make people happier. I rarely get road rage between November and January and not to mention, I feel less inclined to be sad about going out into the cold when there’s lit-up trees along the way and wake up more excited when there’s a peppermint mocha in my future. Baked goods, cider and cocoa during this time of year just hit different. Why not start indulging early? Don’t wait to chug eggnog until Thanksgiving is over, treat yourself now.
As far as ruining other holidays like Halloween and Thanksgiving goes, I think celebrating Christmas early makes it more exciting when these holidays come around. Just because you celebrate one holiday doesn’t cancel the other one, it just makes it better.
The holiday season exists to bring joy to those who choose to celebrate whatever holiday they choose. For me, Christmas brings back wonderful holiday memories, like decorating with people I love, watching Christmas movies and drinking eggnog on the couch, and listening to Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas” on repeat.
For all those people out there wondering why I celebrate for two whole months, it’s just that the holidays make life a little more fun. If you don’t like that Nov. 1 marks the beginning of the holiday season for me, that’s OK, but if you change your mind, I’ll be here drinking a peppermint mocha.