Alright, y’all. I feel crazy having to even write this again, but here it goes: I WILL NOT WAIT UNTIL AFTER THANKSGIVING TO ENJOY CHRISTMAS FESTIVITIES!
If that makes you angry for God knows what reason, go ahead and stop reading right now, because you probably won’t like what else I have to say about it.
The most common “argument” people have when they get annoyed that I start my celebrations the day after Halloween is, “So, you’re just skipping Thanksgiving?” And I just never understood that. Thanksgiving is ONE DAY. It’s not called the Thanksgiving season; it’s Thanksgiving Day. And to answer that question: NO! I fucking love Thanksgiving! It’s one of my top five favorite holidays! I plan for months what I’m going to wear, what I’m going to bring, and whose house we’re celebrating at. I love getting to spend time with my family, stuff our faces, and watch football. But that’s all there is to Thanksgiving for us. Food, family, and football. There are no songs or gifts or decorations to be done (except maybe a handful of turkeys and cornucopias). And yeah, the food takes some preparation, but that’s a week in advance; TOPS.
Christmas makes me happy. It makes me giddy to plan Christmas presents and see twinkling lights and smell cinnamon and spice and peppermint. I love cheesy Hallmark and Freeform and non-branded Christmas movies. I love Christmas music; there are always new songs, and new versions of old songs, and of course the old classics (10 points to the house of your choice for whoever can guess my favorite Christmas song). But it also takes a lot of work. Between DIYing about 80% of my family’s gifts this year, and all the decorating and cooking to be done, there is absolutely NO WAY a month or less is going to cut it.
Ultimately, for me, it comes down to this: just let people enjoy shit. If my two months of holly jolly just makes you so mad that you have to go out of your way to bring me down to your sad level, perhaps it’s time to reevaluate your own life and figure out why you’re so dead-set on making sure no one else gets to enjoy something because you’re not enjoying it. If you want to wait until after Thanksgiving (which we only celebrate during November in the U.S.), that’s absolutely your prerogative, and I will never get on your case about it, so I expect the same consideration in return.
And if it’s my constant Christmas music that irritates you; tell me! If I’m blasting it in a shared space where the majority don’t want to listen to it; I have no issue turning it down or off. I’m a pretty considerate person.
So, happy holidays and much love, joy, and peace to you and yours. Oh, and if you don’t want to deal with holiday posts before Christmas, I’d suggest staying away from this space until the 24th.