Tale as old as time. Song as old as rhyme:

"It's November. Why are your Christmas lights up?"

I hear this every single year. For me, Christmas is a really magical, special time I look forward to. Having any extra time to enjoy my beautiful frosty Christmas tree (that I bought with my entire paycheck one December because I'd always wanted a white Christmas tree growing up) is a must-do for me.

Madi Scruggs, TSM
Madi Scruggs, TSM

But not everyone feels the same way. I have several friends and family members who refuse to even acknowledge any sort of holiday greetings or decorations before December, saying that Thanksgiving should get its own month.


Thanksgiving is a great sentiment and I love celebrating things in my life that I need to be grateful for, but it's nothing like the magic of a lights-lined street, giving meaningful gifts to people you love, and waking up at 6:00 a.m. on Christmas Day, no matter how old you are.

For me, it's kind of a no-brainer: if you don't like celebrating Christmas early, don't. If you do, do. And if you don't like that your friends are celebrating in November before the turkey's even been basted, keep it to yourself. Unless it's harmful to someone else, why make someone else feel bad for something they enjoy?

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