It’s time to be thankful for Thanksgiving


By Alexis Schatten, Managing Editor

Every year, without fail, people will begin celebrating Christmas around Halloween, nearly a whole two months before the holiday. Halloween, which is a sacred holiday in itself, is rudely disregarded as of Oct. 21, when the Christmas music pandemic begins to rear its ugly head and the searches for “Christmas music” on Google increase dramatically.

To be perfectly clear, I have nothing against Christmas. I don’t celebrate it, but I’ll listen to the music and pay a visit to Santa’s Enchanted Forest and spread Christmas cheer in general, like any good human being would. However, I don’t start blasting Mariah Carey until, at the very earliest, after Thanksgiving.

Sure, Thanksgiving isn’t celebrated by as many people as Christmas is, but that shouldn’t mean that it should be cast aside like a toy you broke the day after you unwrapped it. The holiday is just as important and has just as good a meaning behind it.

Thanksgiving, like Christmas, is a time for family. So why shouldn’t we be just as eager to celebrate the holiday when it’s basically a giftless Christmas about a month in advance? The term “Christmas came early” ringing any bells?

There might not be any recognized anthems for the holiday, but that shouldn’t lessen the excitement surrounding it. There’s still plenty to get excited about regarding Thanksgiving: the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the aromas of food that fill the air, and the shortened school week, to name a few.

So before you press play on your Christmas playlist, make sure you take a moment to be thankful for Thanksgiving and all of the great things that come with the holiday.

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