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Dear Christmas, Stop Spreading Your Holiday Cheer So Early!

So, it snowed in October. Big deal. If you’re anything like me, I’m sure you cringed at the thought of Christmas-like weather hitting State College so early…and then cringed even more when ‘Winter Wonderland’ came on the speakers at Beaver Stadium during the Illinois game. That, dear readers, was the unfortunate start of Christmas in Happy Valley. By the time it snowed, Halloween wasn’t even over yet, and many of the big department stores had already started putting out their Christmahanukwanzaaka stuff out on display next to the Halloween/Thanksgiving items. I mean, who wants to buy a Halloween costume when there’s wrapping paper, menorahs, tree decorations and tacky lights right next to them (unless you went as a Christmas present or something similar for Halloween…)?

Can we please get through one holiday at a time? There’s no need to spread the holiday cheer amongst the students of Happy Valley THAT early! It’s bad enough that USA is airing Elf obnoxiously early this year, and that there are snowflake lights decorating the streetlamps Downtown. It also doesn’t help that Christmas decorations are going up much earlier than I’m used to seeing in apartment complexes, malls, and restaurants.

Also, if I see one more commercial on television for ANYTHING Christmas-related before Thanksgiving, I might throw my television set in a fit of anger. For a small girl, I have a lot of rage and anger built up towards the arrival of Christmas so early.

It’s only November, and I haven’t feasted on turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie ’til I puke. All of this holiday cheer meant to get people buying their presents ridiculously soon(and not just in State College…) is only going to turn me into the Grinch, with my big heart shrinking down to the size of a pea.

Don’t even get me started on Christmas music either. I have a rule: It’s perfectly acceptable to break out the Christmas music after Thanksgiving. Any earlier, and it makes me want to physically rip my ears off. Of course, just as I typed all that out, Acceptance’s version of the classic, ‘Happy Xmas (War is Over)’ came on shuffle in iTunes and I screamed.

Well, since Christmas has decided to show up extremely early, there are some things that I can’t complain about. Peppermint mochas at Starbucks are back, and peppermint-flavored chocolates are everywhere! It also means that my favorite fall-themed candies and baked goods (pumpkin everything!) are marked down to ridiculously low prices. That’s a plus, right?

Of course, if you like the start of the holiday season this early, you can attend the tree lighting ceremony at the Allen St. gates on Thursday, go get your picture taken with Santa starting November 19 at Nittany Mall, and start singing along to ‘A Very She & Him Christmas’ or Glee’s second volume of Christmas songs, or your favorite holiday jingles.

Oh, and don’t forget, as of today, there are only 38 days left to get all of your holiday shopping done…unless you enjoy the thrill of waiting until the day before to buy everything!

About the Author

Meghin Moore

Meghin is a senior majoring in Broadcast Journalism and minoring in English. She transferred from the Harrisburg campus as a junior to finish out her schooling at University Park. She has a passion for all things music, fashion, art, and food. She's a Pennsylvania native (born outside of Pittsburgh, and lived in Lebanon for 11 years), but resides in Virginia when she's not in school, and has moved a total of ten times in her life, mostly thanks to the military.


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