It's Not Christmas Until After Thanksgiving

It's Not Christmas Season Until Thanksgiving, Here Are 7 Reasons Why

After Halloween, everyone seems to dive straight into the Christmas spirit, utterly ignoring one of our greatest holidays—Thanksgiving.


On November 1st, I heard the first Christmas carol of 2018, and I was disappointed. Nothing is more upsetting than getting really excited for your favorite holiday, and having everyone around you ruin it by being more excited for a holiday that comes after it. (That feeling of disappointment only grows if you don't even celebrate the holiday everyone is so pumped for.) I get it, with the end of Halloween, people are looking for the next super fun thing, but that thing should not be Christmas. Thanksgiving, at least in America, is iconic, and it opens so many doors for creativity and joy. Here are just a few.

1. It's basically a celebration of fall.

Fall, as a season, is really underrated. It's like the whole three months are defined by either Halloween or the gross weather that occurs before it's finally wintertime. Fall is so much more though. Thanksgiving is a time that you can really appreciate the season, decorating with gourds and leaves and pumpkins that don't have weird faces carved into them. You can really step outside and breathe in the November air for a second. November is practically defined by Thanksgiving, so why not just appreciate it for what it is?

2. The food is better than literally any other holiday. Just try to argue.

Thanksgiving is literally based around food. Like, the purpose of the holiday is to eat delicious things. How can you possibly say no to that? Whereas Halloween and Christmas are all about the sweets, Thanksgiving understands that real good food is well rounded. It conquers both sweet and savory food categories. You get turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and all that other good stuff as an entrée, and then there's a whole dessert after. And, let's face it, a good slice of apple or pumpkin pie is way better than any other dessert, because it makes you feel at home.

3. It's just as family/friend based as Christmas.

Sure, Christmas may be defined by spending time with family, but Thanksgiving is too, and honestly even more so. Not only do you get to reunite with the family you barely ever get to see, you probably also get to take away a couple hilarious anecdotes from dinner. And of course, Thanksgiving isn't just family based, it's also the first opportunity college students get to see their friends from back home. Friendsgiving is fun for just about everyone, and it allows for a nice break from the family drama.

4. Black Friday is possibly the most American event ever, and it's an official kickoff for Christmas season.

Y'all want to know the real kickoff for the holiday season? Nothing screams Christmas like shopping for gifts, and that's what Black Friday is all about. Black Friday is the first day that people really start thinking about Christmas gifts. If you're not shopping for the holidays, you're probably still getting something from the huge sales. At the very least you'll catch a deal online on Cyber Monday. Thanksgiving is all about America after all, and what's more American than good old-fashioned capitalism.

5. You still get the extra day off from school/work.

A couple of days ago in class my professor mentioned that our university never used to give the Wednesday before Thanksgiving off, but people would skip classes anyways, so the administration made it official. Ironically, now people just skip the whole week. The point is, whether you're purposely missing class or getting let off early, you still get some wonderful time to yourself at home.

6. Thanksgiving gets a whole parade to itself. Beat that.

Christmas may have music, but does it have a whole parade to itself? I mean sure, there'll be the odd celebration or two, but the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is a tradition in itself, much like the fireworks on Fourth of July or New Year's Eve.

7. Everyone in America can celebrate Thanksgiving. It's completely nonexclusive.

Lastly, Thanksgiving is open to all Americans. Although my own family is one made of mainly immigrants, we prize Thanksgiving because it puts us on the same level as any other American citizen. Christmas is, honestly, a little closed off to those of us who are distinctly non-Christian, and although the blatant commercialism is pretty enjoyable to take part in, it's still not fully accessible. As a Jew, it's important to me that I'm a part of the nation I live in, not ostracized in any way from being a part of it's community. Although Christmas is certainly festive, Thanksgiving represents much more to me, as a first generation American Jew, than any other day.

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Deadlines Are Not Important

The Deadlines Of Life Do Not Mean As Much As You Think


Deadlines are not important; the deadlines for work, school, and things related to that, those are important. Life's deadlines are not important. Society tells us that we must be married, have the perfect job, and have children by a certain age. A lot of the times we end up believing that if we do not do certain things by a certain time, we have failed or we are not doing as good as everyone else. The truth is, society's and life's deadlines are crap. There is no specific time to be married by, no specific time to have your perfect job by, and no specific time to have children by. These things should not be accomplished until you are ready and capable to accomplish them; this means that if you are not 50 until you have your perfect job, you are not 30 until you are married and you are not 40 until you have children, that is okay. There is nothing wrong with waiting, experiencing life, growing in who you are, and doing what you need to do first. A lot of people do not have their perfect job until later in life because if we are all honest here, that is one of the hardest things to figure out and hardest decisions to make. People stress so much because they have not met these certain deadlines of life that they have been told their entire lives they need to meet by a certain time. So often, the important things like a job, a marriage, and children are rushed and people end up miserable. There is no sense in rushing if you are not ready for it yet. When it comes to finding the perfect job for you, look around, find your interests, and figure out what you can spend years of your life doing; take your time and be patient. When it comes to marriage and having children, do not rush it, it is one of the worst things to rush; do it in the time frame you want to and make sure it is what you want. Take a deep breathe and stop freaking out; you have plenty of time. Instead of going by society's and life's deadlines, go by your own and base that off of your capabilities and your wants.


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You Know You're From Trumbull, CT When...

The best memories are made in this boring, little, Connecticut town.


1. The majority of places you will consider to eat at are in Fairfield or Westport... Colony, Shake Shack, Country Cow, Playa Bowls, BarTaco

2. But if you find yourself too lazy to get on 95 for food, Panchero's is the go-to... never Chipotle. If it is past midnight, the choice always comes down to the McDonalds in Monroe, where you are almost guaranteed to see a group of people you know, or Merritt Canteen.

3. Once you got your license, your Friday night plans consisted of picking up friends, driving up and down Main Street, and, somehow, always finding yourself at the THS parking lot seeing who's car is there because there is nothing better to do.

4. In the Fall, you couldn't wait for Friday so that after school you and half of your grade could walk to Plasko's Farm for ice cream and apple cider donuts... and hope you could get them before the owners would yell at you to leave. (This one only applies to Hillcrest Middle School kids, AKA the inferior middle school in town).

5. You couldn't wait to be a senior so you could officially lead the BLACK HOLE at football games... if you were even willing to go in the cold.

6. You looked forward to the annual Senior Scav, the last week of summer before your senior year where a list of tasks is passed down by the recently graduated class... the official kickoff to senior year.

7. You pass by Country Club Rd. and get flashbacks from the worst Cross Country practices ever. Driving up Daniels Farm Rd. in the Fall and Spring, you are conditioned to yell "hi" out the window to your friends at practice.

8. You knew someone who worked at Gene's gas station... and found yourself spending more time there on the weekends than you would like to admit.

9. You are convinced Melon-heads are real after frequenting Velvet St. to see the abandoned insane asylum with your friends, IF you didn't want to drive all the way up to Fairfield Hills in Newtown.

10. You have had/have been to at least one middle school birthday party at the Trumbull Marriott.

11. You know that the 25mph speed limit on Whitney Ave. is way too slow... and can't help but hit a little air going down the huge hill at the top.

12. The guy at Towne likely knows your name.

13. You never find yourself turning right out of THS... that side of town is irrelevant for those who do not live there.

14. You know to avoid the Merrit Parkway from 4:00-7:00pm at all costs.

15. You know more than you would like to about people you aren't even friends with... in a town so small, things get around very quick.

16. Going shopping really means going to Target, or any store in the mall, for the millionth time that week.

17. The marching band was the best in the state and you would see them practicing, literally, every time you drove by THS.

19. Depending on the side of town you lived, you spent a lot of time at Five Pennies Park or Indian Ledge Park.

20. You would say you couldn't wait to leave, but when you got to college, you find yourself excited to come back to your hometown so you can reminisce on old traditions and make new memories.

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