Santa Claus is Coming to Town... Way Too Soon!

Rachel Debruyn | Crown Staff

There are two kinds of Christmas-lovers: those who let Christmas gently float in with the December snow . . . and those whose yards explode with inflatable reindeer and twinkling lights the moment they throw out their pumpkins.

When is too soon to start celebrating Christmas? 

When November comes around, we hear people muttering about how Christmas comes sooner and sooner every year. Other people confess under their breath that they already brought out their Mariah Carey Christmas album. We complain that stores must have evil agendas to market more Christmas swag to us by bringing it out sooner.

But what’s wrong with starting sooner than the month of December? My personal preference is to contain Christmas to one month, to avoid drawing it out too much. Besides, I can only listen to “Baby It’s Cold Outside” so many times per year before I snap.

Here at Redeemer my dorm is celebrating already because we’ll be spending most of the Christmas season apart, back home. And although we all agreed to not listen to any Christmas music before the second week of November, I did catch a couple girls (and visitors; you still have your demerit point, Michael!) listening to the new Pentatonix Christmas album before the ordained time. (But I forgave them, because discouraging Pentatonix would be an outrage.)

But here’s why I think starting the festivities should begin mid-November at the absolute earliest. It’s disrespectful to launch into Christmas before we mark Remembrance Day. It’s crucial that we allow for time to honour the dead before we rejoice along with the living. We give a minute of silence on November 11, but we can also keep our Christmas carols silent until the day has passed. There are many people who disagree with me – they argue that celebrating Christmas doesn’t outright interfere with honouring fallen soldiers. I don’t disagree that Christmas trees in the living room before Remembrance Day don’t hinder our respect for the fallen and our veterans. I simply see waiting as a gesture of respect.  I maintain that we ought to wait before we celebrate.