Picture this: the clock just struck midnight on November 1st. Halloween is officially over, and the costumes are being packed away. Gone are the Pumpkin Spice Lattes; bring in the Peppermint Mochas and Gingerbread Lattes. That's right, it is officially the holiday season ladies and gents.
Christmas has always held a very special place in my heart, a place that has always meant a lot to me. I just love the excitement and bustle that surround the holidays, and I love the spirit it brings out in people. Christmas brings out the childlike wonder and joy in everyone, and that is something completely unique and magical about this holiday. There's a reason they call it the most wonderful time of the year. That being said, please, stop Christmas shaming me. I'm just trying to put some joy in your world, buddy.
It's not that I am neglecting Thanksgiving; I love turkey and family and football as much as anyone! Let's be honest, though, Thanksgiving is more of a one-day celebration; you get together with your loved ones and feast, maybe run a Turkey Trot 5K, and watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Thanksgiving should of course be cherished for the day that it is, but does that mean we can't be excited about Christmas simultaneously? Of course not!
Like it or not, Christmas season is upon us. Soon radios will be blaring Christmas music, Santa will be hanging out in the middle of the mall, and that holiday stress is going to creep up on you seemingly out of nowhere. You might as well embrace it, and simply enjoy the Christmas magic that seems to be floating in the air this time of year. Christmas is a time to celebrate the year you've had, the people you love, and simple, wholesome togetherness.
All in all, please, Scrooges everywhere, let all of us Christmas-aholics have our fun. Let us put up our tree early, let us listen to our Justin Bieber Christmas album, and let us deck our halls with tinsel and lights in peace. In the wise words of Spongebob Squarepants, "Don't be a jerk, it's Christmas!"