Arguments Soon to be Unwrapped


Jennifer Mauk, Staff Writer

Holiday season brings out the best in everyone, except when families gather to argue about their “expert” opinions on winter clothing, general decorating, music, and anything else you could argue two sides about.

Throughout my childhood in Kansas, I always assumed it made sense to only need a sweatshirt for warmth in the middle of December. Now, the coat I used for winter in Kansas I have been using since September in New York.

I have no desire to hear about the weather, because I’m sure as most people know, it is cold in New York. In Kansas, most kids would be out in shorts or ripped jeans throughout December because there was no reason to be dressed like we were traveling to Antarctica.

One question I feel like I’m always asked when people find out I’m from Kansas is, “oh are you ready for the winter?” No, no I am not. I am not prepared to be stuck inside my house because I can’t open the front door. I am not ready to go 25 on the highway because it is constantly snowing. I am not ready to be wearing four pairs of pants not wanting my legs to become purple.

To all relatives and “Buffalonians” that ask questions like this, I do not need to know how bad the weather is;I’m sure I won’t make it through the winter anyway.

As Buffalo was greeted with a couple inches of snow around Thanksgiving, the overall festivity decreased with couples arguing about decorating for Christmas.

The minute Thanksgiving was over, Instagram was filled with cliche Christmas pictures, and everyone’s Christmas tree lit up in their living room.

In no way am I against decorating for Christmas, in fact, early decorating has proven to increase one’s overall happiness. That being said, there are right times and wrong times to decorate.

Christmas decorating is absolutely never acceptable before Halloween. This is not arguable, October is simply too early to put up a Christmas tree or throw some reindeer antleers on your roof. October is when halloween decorations are acceptable, then November is Thanksgiving. Only after stuffing food in your face and loosening your belt, is it acceptable to begin Christmas decorating.

Does decorating on Thanksgiving take away from Thanksgiving itself? One large pre-christmas meal does not initiate a national Christmas decorating ritual. It doesn’t even make sense to put a tree up on Thanksgiving.

Sure, hang lights outside before it gets too unbearably cold, bring out the santa wall decor that your grandma gave you four years ago, but there is no reason to put the tree up on Thanksgiving. Christmas cheer shouldn’t even officially start until the day after Thanksgiving.

Under all holiday decorating guidelines, it should state that Thanksgiving is by far the earliest anyone is allowed to put up their Christmas tree.

If you have a fake tree it is easier to abide by the “day after thanksgiving” rule, but even with real trees, not all of them will last a month. It makes more sense to wait to put up a tree then if it’s going to start dying sooner rather than later.

Once social media is flooded with Christmas pictures and ugly sweaters are go on sale, the Christmas spirit becomes overwhelming.

Now, considering trees shouldn’t go up until after Thanksgiving, when is the right time to listen to Christmas music?

Music is obviously available to us throughout the year and even though decorating should be postponed, Christmas music is a yearly event. There is no better moodlifter than going through the Mcdonald’s drive through with Mariah Carey Christmas on full blast in the middle of June.

If decorating for Christmas is proven to lift spirits, listening to music surely does the same. Not everyone needs to know if you listen to Christmas music in April, but there is no reason not to listen to it year round.

If I see your Christmas tree in your front window all year round though, I will be filing a complaint for public indecency. However, if I hear Michael Buble or Pentatonix Christmas I will praise you on my snapchat story.

There is a reason tree decorating and Christmas cookie making are called holiday traditions, it’s because they should only happen during the holiday season. In other words, save your bright holiday spirits for after Thanksgiving.