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Christmas Music Comes Too Early, Spirit Becomes Stale

Playing Christmas music in November causes Thanksgiving to be overlooked, Christmas commercialism taints true celebration
Christmas Music Comes Too Early, Spirit Becomes Stale
Kate Rekas

Christmas seems to come earlier every year, and frankly, it’s beginning to lose its charm. The festive music starts at the beginning of November, which is far too early. Before Thanksgiving, the music starts, and people start looking towards Christmas, forgetting to enjoy the holiday of gratitude. Black Friday has also contributed to this Christmas rush; people spend more time trying to buy presents on sale rather than spending the holiday with family and giving thanks for what they do have. With its jolly bells and choirs, the music is fun at first, but after a while, it gets repetitive and trite. Christmas is supposed to be a special and memorable time of year, but if its music is played constantly, the magic is lost. It isn’t special anymore if it’s played all the time. What makes Christmas special is the celebration of a single day with family and friends. We anticipate the holiday and feel sad when it’s over, and it’s the fact that Christmas only comes once a year that makes it special. If your birthday happened every day, after a while, you would take it for granted, so why should we celebrate Christmas every day for weeks before the day actually arrives? 

Christmas music prompts people to ignore the true purpose of Thanksgiving as it is overrun each year by the surge of Christmas commercialism. Companies start advertising Christmas toys, decorations, and other paraphernalia days after Halloween, and while it gets people excited for the holidays, it becomes a capitalistic affair. Radio stations are more focused on making money than actually celebrating the holiday. For example, there were constant advertisements for the Jingle Ball concert that highlighted rich celebrities and pop stars instead of emphasizing family and community or even COVID-19 safety. In theory, Christmas music shouldn’t start until December 1st. That way, Thanksgiving can be properly celebrated without being encroached upon by Christmas, and the holiday cheer is isolated to one month. Christmas season is meant to be short and sweet so that people are able to truly enjoy the holiday season without being overwhelmed by the music and bombardment of red and green before the snow even falls.

 

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Evan Vezmar
Evan Vezmar, Editor Emeritus
Hi, my name is Evan Vezmar, and I'm a senior. I began writing for Spectrum in my freshman year as a staff writer and became an editor in 10th grade. Last semester, I was a Managing Editor and the Opinions Editor. My favorite part of Spectrum is being able to give a voice to people who may not be able to through the news. In my free time, I like to read, play the piano, and fence.
Kate Rekas
Kate Rekas, Opinions Editor
Hi! I’m Kate and I’m a Senior this year. I joined Spectrum in freshman year and wrote articles in almost every section of the paper and became a staff writer. In sophomore year, I continued writing and noticed the amazing creative process that the editors went through to produce such a fantastic publication and I really wanted to join in. Alongside being a member of the Spectrum editorial team, I am also a part of the Blake girls' alpine ski team, and I train year-round as a competitive figure skater. I'm going to Boston University next fall and I hope to continue writing articles for their newspaper!

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