Give excessive Christmas spirit a break

Give excessive Christmas spirit a break

November 27
22:50 2012

For those of you who don’t know, Christmas is in December. It shouldn’t start after Thanksgiving. It should start when December begins.

That includes the lights, reindeer games and most importantly the music. You wouldn’t decorate for Valentine’s Day, before a New Year’s party, or put out your really awesome Halloween inflatable ghost on the Fourth of July, right?

If you do, don’t. Christmas over-enthusiasts are enough during the merry month of December. Don’t let Christmas be the over-achieving, perfect older sibling that gets all the attention because they became a doctor.

Thanksgiving may be the family member pursuing an art degree, but everyone deserves their moment in the spotlight.

Christmas’ grasp on other months seems to be spreading faster than suburban sprawl in America. Target already starts running Christmas ads in October, but that doesn’t warm hearts early – it just cheapens the holiday cheer.

Christmas can be great. Everyone enjoys time with family and friends, and the free stuff we all pretend not to care about is a nice bonus.

Without it, we wouldn’t have some pretty awesome things: “Home Alone” starring Macaulay Culkin, free mistletoe kisses – timing is everything – and all the sweets your heart can handle.

But how many times can you stand “Feliz Navidad” in one year? The correct answer, in case you’re wondering, is zero. But if you have to hear it, put it off until next month. Playing it outside of December is just asking for some Grinch-style holiday terrorism.

Everything is better in moderation. Think of Christmas like a neighbor: It’s always great to exchange pleasantries or have an occasional dual-family barbecue, but why risk overstaying your welcome? You wouldn’t want to overindulge on Grandma’s special eggnog.

A good buzz can be a holiday blessing, but I’ll bet you don’t want to taste the same sip a second time from the opposite direction.

If you’re having trouble holding off the holiday hullabaloo, here are a few simple tips. First, think of all the things that get annoying around Christmas: not being able to sleep because of Christmas lights, your falling bank account balance and the ever dreadful in-laws.

Second, “Feliz Navidad” is an awful song. Seriously. The repertoire of good Christmas songs is limited, and it doesn’t even fill up the entire month.

Finally, remember that the whole idea of Christmas is all about giving to others – so give us all a break.

Ryne Gannoe is a journalism senior. He can be reached at RyneGannoe@my.unt.edu.

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