Now that the calendar has turned to December, we’ve entered the second month of the Christmas season!
It used to be that the holiday season would start on Black Friday (which of course used to actually start on Friday, not Thursday), but these days, it seems that as soon as Halloween ends, stores are packed to the brim with Christmas lights and candy canes. In an increasing number of places, they don’t even wait for Halloween to end anymore.
Many people complain about this “Christmas creep,” saying that it has become a little too much. I’m going to make a confession: I actually like the expanded Christmas season.
Keep in mind that as a Jew, I don’t celebrate the religious holiday of Christmas, but I am fully on board with the American holiday of Christmas. I’ve explained this before, but to give a quick summary: Religious holiday = Jesus and Mary, American holiday = Santa Claus and Rudolph.
I enjoy the expanded season because everything is so darned festive around Christmas. There’s fun music on the radio and holiday specials on TV, houses are decorated with beautiful lights, there are tree lighting ceremonies and holiday parties, gift exchanges with friends, and coffee stores serve their coffee in special cups! What’s not to like?
We went to the local mall a few weeks ago, and as I looked around, I couldn’t help but smile. Santa’s village was set up complete with an audio-animatronic teddy bear band. Ribbons and boughs of holly were hanging from the roof, and the many children seemed to be even more excitable than usual. (Okay, that might not always be the best thing.)
I commented to Mrs. Cutter about how happy the place looked, and I couldn’t figure out why people would actually want less of this.
I’ve heard complaints about people getting sick of hearing Christmas songs, but it’s not like we’re hearing the same three songs over and over again. There are hundreds of different songs out there! Heck, some artists have basically built their careers upon singing new Christmas songs every year.
I’ll admit that some songs like Wonderful Christmastime or Jingle Bell Rock are awful. But just grit your teeth through them, and chances are the next song on the playlist will be something cool like Here Comes Santa Claus. You could even uncover some gems that you haven’t heard in a while like this one:
Would people prefer that more of the year be like January and February? Now those are months to complain about! It will still be cold out (actually, considering the mildness of the last few weeks, it will probably be much colder), and all of the decorations will be gone. Santa will have headed back to the North Pole, and instead of looking forward to Christmas, we’ll only be looking forward to a day when it’s warm enough for the kids to play outside without freezing.
I propose that instead of shortening the Christmas season, we make it even longer! Let’s not end the holiday season once we hit the new year. Instead of accepting the drudgery that is winter, let’s extend the holiday season until mid-March. There will be more Christmas songs! More TV movies featuring Frosty the Snowman! More red cups from Starbucks!
So who’s with me? Who wants to make the Christmas season longer so we can all go happily fa-la-la-la-la-ing well into the new year? If we work together, then maybe the season never has to end!
Whoooo! Christmas forever!