by Maggie Peknic
It’s October 31st, and you’re wearing your Halloween costume that you may have just pulled together earlier that night with whatever was in your closet: a cowboy hat, some jeans, and a bandana. A perfect costume if I say so myself. You watch as the clock comes closer and closer to midnight. You know what’s about to happen but think that maybe this Halloween will be different. Midnight comes, and for a second, you think that you’ve escaped it. Relief and happiness come but for a brief moment, fleeing as soon as your friend screams, “It’s November 1st!” Not a second later, you start to hear those unmistakable first notes to Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You. Every year there’s always that one friend who insists that Christmas starts on November 1st. Do they not understand that Christmas doesn’t start until after Thanksgiving?!
Why is it that Halloween always seems to get cut short, and Thanksgiving is almost completely forgotten? For starters, these two holidays take place in the fall; while, Christmas is the embodiment of winter. Technically, winter doesn’t even start until December 21st. So not only do early Christmas music listeners cut Halloween and Thanksgiving short, but they also cut fall short. I find this pretty ironic, since I’ve noticed that most people who listen to Christmas music in the fall are also the same people who especially look forward to pumpkin-spice lattes and apple picking. Why cut pumpkin-spice and everything nice season short? You’ll have all winter to smell peppermint or Christmas tree candles. Enjoy those pumpkin and maple smells just a tad longer!
We also need to discuss the problem of the weather. November seems to never make up its mind, always switching back and forth between extreme rain or sun. This is especially true for this year. It seems as though every day it has rained, except for last weekend when we were suddenly transported back to August with 70-degree weather (yeah, we really need to fix this global warming problem). In my opinion, this is not the ideal weather to listen to Christmas music in. If you’re from a warmer state, like Florida or California, I can see how you may think this may not be that big of a problem. However, as a native New Yorker, it’s hard for me to envision Christmas without it snowing or freezing outside. I’ll never be able to understand how someone can listen to “White Christmas” by Bing Crosby in 70-degree weather. It just makes more sense to wait to listen to Christmas music until December with its cooler weather.
Finally, if you start listening to Christmas music in November, you are making Christmas last two months. Don’t get me wrong; I love Christmas. It’s my favorite holiday. But, I don’t think any holiday should last two months long. First off, most holidays don’t last more than a weekend, like Fourth of July or Valentine’s Day. Second, by starting so early, don’t you get tired of the music after listening for two months straight? I think that by saving it for a single month, it makes it more special and worth the wait.
However, I will make an exception for this year. With COVID precautions set in place, we won’t be on campus for December. So, I understand if you may want to start your Christmas celebrations early, since many won’t be able to celebrate Christmas with their friends this year as we will all be in our homes in various parts of the world. However, I, myself, will still wait until after Thanksgiving to listen to Christmas music, since, in my opinion, I think that listening to Christmas music in the fall is just wrong.