After finishing Thanksgiving dinner, some think about the meal and their family. Others, however, are already plotting their Christmas and have made plans to pick up a tree the next day.
It used to be that families would get their tree a week or two before Christmas. But now it seems that people cannot wait to pick up their trees and are almost forgetting Thanksgiving, a holiday meant to bring families together.
The fourth, fifth, and seventh most popular days for Christmas tree shopping are the three days that directly follow Thanksgiving. People are so excited for Christmas that they are leaving Thanksgiving in the dark.
Not only are trees bought earlier than is needed, Christmas music has been playing for weeks before Thanksgiving. By Nov. 1, 55 days before the holiday takes place, Best Buy, Sears, and Kmart began to play Christmas music in their stores.
Decorations also seem to appear the day after Thanksgiving and tend to stay up weeks after Christmas has ended.
A quick stroll through any neighborhood days after Thanksgiving reveals how quick people are to get decorations up in preparation for Christmas.
At some point, elongating the celebration of Christmas to over a month causes it to lose its meaning; seeing the dazzling lights and cheerful decorations every day makes what should be special holiday decorations into normal, overlooked additions to the neighborhood.
So this year, in order to increase the significance of Christmas celebrations, hold off on the decorations, the tree buying, and the music for just one more week.
This editorial reflects the views of the Scot Scoop editorial board. This editorial was written by Sean Vanderaa.