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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year Can’t Come Soon Enough

By Maddy Lockwood, Assistant Features Editor

As mid-November approaches, the age-old question arises of when does Christmas season officially begin? Personally, I am not a person who gets all bent out of shape over a little “Jingle Bells” at 12:00:01 a.m. on Nov. 1, but it seems to cause quite a ruckus around these parts, so I am going to impose my undying wisdom on you.

No one can argue with me that Thanksgiving deserves its own couple of days of celebration. Thanksgiving has always been a favorite holiday of mine (highly underrated too, might I add). It brings back some of the happiest memories of my childhood of my mom helping me bake the desserts and running from her and my dad as they tried to show me the cold uncooked turkey. It is a fun time for families to see each other, and a great time for your family to treat you like God’s greatest creation after being away for so long! While it is in my top five favorite holidays, I don’t think that it is enough of a holiday to hold back from the beginning of the Christmas happiness. I don’t think we’re leaving Josh Allen on the bench to let Case Keenum take a couple reps against the Chiefs — that’s all I have to say on that.

At least for me, my brain can not compute that it is Christmas time until I see snow. As a native Western New Yorker, I grew up in quite possibly the snowiest place on Earth and it holds a nostalgic place in my heart. I personally think that if you’re not celebrating Christmas by the day after Thanksgiving, there’s an issue. Anything before then is a personal preference and none of my business, but if you aren’t in the Christmas spirit after you ate a little bit of turkey and broke a wishbone, then I don’t know what to tell you (Other than the fact that you’re the Grinch)! Black Friday is the absolute final day that I can withhold my pure excitement for Christmas time.

Whether or not you think that Christmas should be pushed off and reserved exclusively for the month of December or that it should start as soon as trick-or-treating is over, I hope we can all agree that this is the best part (or one of the better parts) of the year. People are just generally nicer during the holiday season which puts us all in better moods. We finally get to go home after a long, strenuous semester and see the people who love us most, see the snow falling, have significantly less responsibilities and catch up on that missing sleep. We get to remember why people start celebrating so early — to have some extra time in the togetherness and love that Christmas brings out of all of us.

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