Christmas Comes Too Early

Eamon Lopez, Mirada Staff

The holiday season seems to come earlier each year. This year, society has gone too far.

Stores like IKEA have already started decorating for Christmas or selling holiday items before Thanksgiving had happened.

Stores have a habit of acknowledging holidays early such as Halloween by putting decorations in the store prematurely. After Halloween passes, restaurants like Starbucks or Denny’s, and the entire Arden Fair Mall, focuses on Christmas. Each year, Christmas becomes more and more commercialized.

But what about Thanksgiving? I understand that not all people decorate their houses with “Thanksgiving decor,” but that shouldn’t give people the reason to completely skip the holiday.

Thanksgiving is an important holiday that celebrates what we’re thankful for and doesn’t focus on material items contrary to Christmas. It brings families together for a delicious home-cooked meal, and gives them an opportunity to catch up with family members they haven’t seen in months or years. Yet, for some reason people seem to skip Thanksgiving and cut to skip to Christmas.

Avoiding holidays removes the family aspect of them, and turns them into a commercial holiday. If the pattern continues, eventually, Christmas will get to the point where it’s advertised in summer.

It’s okay that kids give their parents their Christmas lists this early, or decorate for the holiday season, but people should not overdue it by using “selling” Christmas. The least they could do is put some effort into decorating for Thanksgiving. If things continue like this, Thanksgiving will soon be forgotten.

Thanksgiving is a holiday where we share what we are thankful for, and that should not be overshadowed by the excitement of Christmas. Although it can be an exciting time for many. I personally feel that Thanksgiving means more because you show what you are grateful for instead of expecting gifts from people.

It is always better to give than to receive.