Yes, It Is OK To Be Excited For Christmas Before Thanksgiving

Yes, It Is OK To Be Excited For Christmas Before Thanksgiving

It does not matter that it is only November.

We have come to the time of the year where it is close to Christmas but not quite there yet.

All that separates us from Christmas are school finals and another holiday. Do you remember what holiday is before Christmas? If you guessed Thanksgiving, you're right! Thanksgiving is coming up at the end of the month but if you look on social media, what do you see? Not Thanksgiving decorations, not Thanksgiving movie nights. Instead, you see everything Christmas!

There are people who start celebrating Christmas at the start of December, and there are people who start celebrating Christmas in November. There are also extreme people who start celebrating Christmas as soon as fall hits. All people are different, and it is okay for all of these types of people to be excited about something like Christmas no matter how early it is. Being excited for Christmas at the start of fall and in November, however, has received a lot of backlash. People are assuming that the "excited Christmas people" are just going to skip over Thanksgiving when in reality this is not the case.

Just because someone is more excited about Christmas does not mean that he or she is just going to skip over a major holiday. I don't see why people can't just let other people be excited about something without incorporating something negative. Who cares if it is only November? Some people like to decorate for Christmas for more than twenty-five days and that is okay! If you are not one of those people, then that is okay too!

In my opinion, decorating and being excited about Christmas, even though we are in November, should not be as big of a deal as people are making it out to be. There are people out there on social media getting way out of hand with this situation. There is name calling and just all sorts of negativity that is not necessary or needed.

A person who wants to wear Christmas sweaters, watch Christmas movies, and listen to Christmas music in November will not affect your life in any way, so making a big deal out of their tweet or Facebook status is meaningless. There is absolutely no need to even comment "You can't skip Thanksgiving!" or "Thanksgiving exists too!"

Yes, they know that. Everyone knows that you can't skip Thanksgiving and that Thanksgiving exists. Like I said, some people just really love Christmas and there is nothing wrong with that. We need to stop making people feel like there is. Thanksgiving is great. Christmas is great. Just focus on you and let other people focus on themselves. That way, everyone is happy. There is no negativity, there is no name calling, and everyone can be free to express themselves with no judgment.

Let's just live life how we want to, celebrate holidays how we want to, and not let every little subject get us "heated". People live their lives differently but the holiday season is a time for us to come together, not be torn apart from the over-excitement of a holiday. Remember: Thanksgiving is great. Christmas is great. Both holidays are great, so let people be excited about them!

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2. "I'm happiest when I'm floating in the ocean."

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5. "Sandy toes. Sun-kissed nose."

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Christmas Of Remembrance Series: My Last Letter

Christmas time is not about the gifts... It is about something far, far more special.


Dear Reader,

Thank you for your time.

This is a series that I have dedicated to those I have loved and lost. It was merely a thought, then an idea, and now a realized creation. Christmas time… all winter really is a hard time for me. It holds this duality in my life of being both my favorite and also my least favorite and difficult time of year. It has been that way for years now.

In a way, this series aids my closure and healing further, and it allows me to tell my story in a way that, to me, is less scary (one of the many great facets of this platform). It was never my intention to write this in order to reach people, or encourage people, or serve as an inspiration to anyone. This was for me and only me. No one else. But, if these pieces of writing do impact someone, somewhere, or make them feel encouraged or inspired in some way or another, or just simply make them feel, then I hope you have enjoyed them. If I can make someone feel, then I guess I have done my job.

The life of an artist is often an uncertain one. The life of a human is a trying one. But life is a journey, and all journeys have their trials. Their tests. Their triumphs and rewards. And they all have their losses. What matters most is what you make of all of it. What lessons you learn. What changes you make. What life you create for yourself. What art you create because of it all. It can be very, very hard. But it can all be glorious at the same time.

At the heart of this series, my words, there is this deep and valuable belief of mine: Christmas (or the Winter Holiday that you may celebrate) is so much more about presents and cooking and shopping and all that other bullshit… it is about family.

The family that is related by blood. The family that surrounds your heart. Your Mom. Your brother. Your dearest friends. The bonds that make life valuable. Worth living. These bonds are soulful bonds, ones that are far more special than any mere trivial object. So… be with them. Forgive. Forget. Heal. Mend what is broken. Reassemble what has been shattered. And stop worrying so much. Laugh together. Cry together. Heal on another. Heal together. And may your new days be better, brighter, and full of love.

Happy Holidays.


A song for you...

"Sense of Home" — Harrison Storm / YouTube

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To My Fellow 孤, The Sons Without Fathers On Father’s Day

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