Why I Celebrate Christmas Before Thanksgiving

Okay, I admit it. I'm a Christmas before Thanksgiving kinda person. I feel very reasonable and mature not listening to Christmas music before Halloween but after that, all bets are off and I'm already decking the halls. I love squeezing as much Christmas out of the year as I can....and while some may vehemently disagree, I don't think it's a bad thing.

Why I Celebrate Christmas Before Thanksgiving

There's a huge debate in our country whether Christmas before Thanksgiving is appropriate or not. And this topic DIVIDES, people. I mean, people on Twitter get heated over this. It's not safe to admit that you listen to Christmas music in November to people in public because the judgmental looks and the groans are sure to follow.

But I'm a proud Christmas before Thanksgiving person. I stand by my decision to deck the halls with boughs of holly whenever I so choose. I can't help but feel in the Christmas spirit when the weather starts to get cold. The cozy blankets, the hot tea, the crisp smell of snow in the air...

I've always loved celebrating Christmas as soon as humanly possible because WHO DOESN'T LOVE CHRISTMAS? I know some people aren't as enthused as I am about the holidays and it can be painful for many people. But for me, the joy in the air, the magic of lights glistening, buying presents to surprise the people you love with a token of affection, gathering with people who love you...it all just reminds me of simpler times and I can't help but be in love with that. It seems like no matter what goes on in December, it's okay because "Christmas is coming!" For one month, the whole country is distracted and on pause as we prep for celebration and joy.

There's a huge debate in our country whether Christmas before Thanksgiving is appropriate or not. And this topic DIVIDES, people. I mean, people on Twitter get heated over this. It's not safe to admit that you listen to Christmas music in November to people in public because the judgmental looks and the groans are sure to follow.

But I'm a proud Christmas before Thanksgiving person. I stand by my decision to deck the halls with boughs of holly whenever I so choose. I can't help but feel in the Christmas spirit when the weather starts to get cold. The cozy blankets, the hot tea, the crisp smell of snow in the air...

I've always loved celebrating Christmas as soon as humanly possible because WHO DOESN'T LOVE CHRISTMAS? I know some people aren't as enthused as I am about the holidays and it can be painful for many people. But for me, the joy in the air, the magic of lights glistening, buying presents to surprise the people you love with a token of affection, gathering with people who love you...it all just reminds me of simpler times and I can't help but be in love with that. It seems like no matter what goes on in December, it's okay because "Christmas is coming!" For one month, the whole country is distracted and on pause as we prep for celebration and joy.

And celebration and joy is something I've been needing lately. In a world where people die senselessly in an act of terror, and there's blood on the ground of the City of Love, a world where, with angry hearts, bombs explode in the desert, seeking revenge, and the innocent civilians that live there didn't ask for this life.

A world where the color of your skin is a marked debate in the 21st century and you have to chant and hashtag to tell the world that your life matters. We live in a world where politics are marked with cruel words and live tweets and my head spins and I wonder if our Founding Fathers could see us now.

I live in a world where my city- my home- just broke it's record for most murders in a year and my heart breaks with the mothers who mourn their children lost to the streets. 

We live in a world where cancer gnaws at the cells and the hearts of loved ones, and gun shots fire as people take their last breaths in movie theaters, in college classrooms, in churches. Forest fires rage and droughts never end, and we are thirsty for "Isn't there something more than all this?"

We have lost our senses and our minds in a world that is blazing. We can't slow down to breathe or think or pray, yet Christmas gives us a chance to do so. It makes us stop. It makes us think about others and what they would enjoy, instead of ourselves and more, more, more for me. We slow down to make good, old-fashioned meals to be shared among friends and family and laughter. We sing old music and dance slowly and for a second, we forget about this mad, sad world. We hold hands and yes, we are sad, but for a day, our hearts feel small and child-like again. We have hope. We have HOPE. And that is what our world needs.

We celebrate the returning of a Savior, a baby born to save our world. To some, it may just be another Nativity set, but to me and many others, that scene from the manger, that is the hope that I wait for all year long. Jesus born on Earth to take away our pain and sin, THAT is the Hope I cling to when the news is scary and threats are made and innocent people who had families won't return home this holiday.

So before criticizing us "Christmas before Thanksgiving" folk, and lecturing us about the commercialization of Christmas, take a deep breath and think about how maybe, just maybe, we're needing a little extra Christmas this year. Maybe we're needing to squeeze out all the Hope and Goodness and Joy they can before year ends. Maybe we need a little extra magic, a little extra prayer, a little extra time spent around the table with people we love. Maybe we all need a little Christmas to come early.