It’s almost Halloween, and the stores are full of candy, costumes, and decorations. Of course, next to the isles of plastic pumpkins and bats, there is usually a single row of red and green, which will expand slowly until it takes over the entire store by the middle of November.
This is the part where you expect to hear me complain about the importance of keeping the holidays separate or the evils of consumerism. However, that is not where I’m going. I’m sure there are those who claim to disagree, but I can’t deny that my heart leaps when I see ornaments and snowflakes and Frosty the Snowman, no matter what time of year it is.
Christmas is absolutely and undoubtedly the best holiday. Nothing else can compare, and I really believe that anyone who says his or her favorite holiday is anything else is lying. Perhaps not on purpose, but still probably lying. Sure dressing up and watching scary movies is fun, and dying and hunting for eggs is charming, and watching fireworks is spectacular, but Christmas reigns supreme.
Halloween is a lot of fun, and it definitely deserves its own décor and festivities. And let’s not forget Thanksgiving, which is an important American family tradition. I’m not trying to devalue the holidays preceding Christmas, but for me, part of their function is to buildup excitement for the Christmas season. I’m not ashamed to enjoy an early preview of the Christmas spirit; who cares if it’s only October.
So when you see an electronic dancing Santa, go ahead and push that button and watch Santa groove to “Jingle Bell Rock.” Maybe it’s because I have a soft spot for anything stuffed that sings and dances, but I promise it will make you smile.
Ryane is an English major at SUU
and a lover of Christmas.