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Deck the Halls or Not

How the Grinch Stole Christmas
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‘Tis the season to be jolly, but the real question on everyone’s minds is, when is it acceptable to unleash the holiday cheer? Some people are getting into their Santa hats in November, while others are holding out until December, armed with tinsel and a firm belief in seasonal sacredness. Let’s dive into the jingle-filled debate and unwrap the layers of when it’s officially too early to deck the halls and listen to those Christmas tunes.


Firstly, for the early birds who are throwing tinsel like confetti before the Thanksgiving turkey has even had a chance to be eaten, their argument is simple – why wait for joy when you can have it now? For example Liz, a junior at Bingham High states, “ I set up Christmas right after Halloween. I just love Christmas, it just makes me happy.” These festive fighters believe that the longer the Christmas season, the better. November is just an extended December pregame, right? They see it as a strategic move, a defensive strike against the year’s chaos. A little tinsel therapy in early November can make the nearing winter blues more manageable.


Picture this: it’s mid-November, and Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” is already on repeat. Christmas lights twinkle, stockings are hung, and there’s a faint scent of peppermint in the air. It’s a festive wonderland, and for these early decorators, it’s the ultimate stress antidote. Who needs meditation when you can have a tree adorned with ornaments casting off twinkling enlightenment?


On the flip side, there are the December purists, the holiday gatekeepers who adamantly refuse to let a single jingle bell ring until the leftovers from Thanksgiving are securely stored in the fridge. For them, the holiness of Christmas lies in the anticipation, the suspense that builds as the calendar inches towards December 1st. Anything earlier is a yuletide betrayal.


These festive vigilantes are committed to preserving the magic of the season, fearing that an early start risks transforming Christmas into just another event on the calendar. They argue that waiting is an essential part of the holiday experience, like a festive version of delayed gratification. The longer you wait, the sweeter the reward – or in this case, the more festive the reward. Carter, a junior at BYU, says,” I love Christmas but you can’t start it too early. After Thanksgiving is an ok time to start.”

Then you have the real life Grinches. These people hate all things to do with Santa and Tinsel. Alivia, a junior at Herriman High, says, “I hate Christmas, I don’t know why. I hate it when they play music in the stores, and I hate winter! It’s FREEZING!!” There is nothing wrong with disliking something but it’s Christmas can you really hate it?


Weather also plays a role in this jolly equation. In the colder conditions, where snowflakes are as common as pumpkin spice in fall, the early holiday display feels right at home. Twinkling lights reflecting off a fresh blanket of snow? It’s like a Christmas card brought to life. But if you’re in a sun-soaked paradise, the urge to start caroling in shorts and flip-flops might be met with puzzled looks from your sunbathing neighbors.


The debate on when it’s too early to set up Christmas decorations and blast the carols is a hilarious dance between the eager beavers and the December defenders. Whether you’re all in for an extended holiday season or adamantly defending the holiness of December, one thing’s for sure – the joy of Christmas is as unpredictable as Aunt Mildred’s fruitcake. So, deck the halls whenever you please and crank up the Christmas tunes, because in the end, it’s all about spreading a little laughter and holiday cheer.


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