Too much Christmas too early,
or not enough? Aggies sound off
Early Christmas decorations: Good
thing or bad? / Photo by Russell Maxfield
December 10, 2008 | Can we start Christmas even earlier,
That's right; it's that time of year again. The time
when Christmas decorations start to go up in stores,
and local radio stations start playing Christmas music.
It's once again time to ask ourselves, when is it too
early to start celebrating Christmas? Many students
at Utah State University
seem to think that it is starting too early and
even that it seems to start earlier each year.
"I swear Christmas is the sneakiest most egotistical
holiday ever," said Danny Robinson, a USU student studying
journalism. "It just keeps sneaking up, earlier and
earlier, pushing other holidays like thanksgiving right
out of the way. What a bully!"
"Sometimes I think it's just a big joke," said Ether
Chong Wong, a USU graduate "Can't people wait just a
little longer? What's the big rush? Can't I at least
get through Thanksgiving before we plug in the Christmas
tree? I can't even enjoy my pumpkin pie because I'm
getting Jingle Bells forced down my throat instead.
I just get so sick of Christmas before December even
Crystal Degen, a journalism student said, "Soon they'll
need to change the song from the 12 days of Christmas,
to the 112 days of Christmas. That's a lot of lame gifts
from your true love."
The heated debate goes both ways. Some say that the
Christmas season is so special because it only comes
once a year, and by milking it for every last day we
possibly can take away from it. Others argue that you
can never start Christmas too early and the earlier
it starts the better.
"Putting up Christmas decorations and playing Christmas
music in November doesn't take anything away from Thanksgiving,
and anybody who says different is a moron," said David
Neumann, a USU student studying to be an alarm salesman.
"It's not like we're missing out on the classic Thanksgiving
songs on the radio. And come on, who decorates for thanksgiving
besides the elementary schools 2nd grade classes? The
people that complain about it are probably still hanging
pictures on their walls of turkeys that they have made
after tracing their hand with a crayon? Don't get me
wrong, I love the thanksgiving feast. But I have no
problem eating my turkey while Bing Crosby sings Silent
Night in the background."
Still other students would rather skip thanksgiving
all together. Dustin Fabis, a student in the business
department said, "I don't know what the big deal is;
I mean who cares about thanksgiving anyway? It's not
even a real holiday. We all get together and talk about
what we're thankful for in remembrance of the genocide
of the Native American people from the pilgrims. Columbus
sailed the ocean blue in 1492. Yeah, that's what the
government wants you to believe. Who even knows the
real story behind Columbus and all his conspiracies?"
Rodney Boudrero, a fourth-generation USU student,
said that he thinks it's only going to get worse every
year. "It used to be that people would wait until after
thanksgiving to start playing Christmas music," Boudrero
said. "But this year I heard Christmas songs and saw
Christmas trees in stores just after Halloween. It won't
be long until Christmas has overtaken Halloween, too.
Don't be surprised if the number one Halloween costume
next year is Santa Claus or his elves. And don't say
that I didn't warn you when you buy candy corn next
October and it only comes in the colors red, green,
and white. Look out 4th of July, Christmas will be coming
for you next."
Dana Rasmussen said, "I think Christmas lights should
go up in late October. Seeing Christmas up in October
is like mankind receiving an injection of brotherly
love and the Christmas spirit right into their hearts!
Now if we can only get them to leave the lights up until
Valentine's Day I believe there would be no more war
or children gone hungry."
It seems that everybody has an opinion on this subject.
Some are for Christmas being earlier, and some against
it. And others just say that they are sick and tired
of the complaining. William (Billy) Virgi, a USU student
in business said that it's hard for him to even hear
the Christmas music over all the complaining that goes
on about it.
"I just think people love to complain," Virgi said.
"People forget what Christmas is. It's mostly a holiday
for children anyway. I was on the campus shuttle the
other day and the driver had the radio turned to a station
that was playing Christmas music and he just sat there
and complained about how lame the music was. I guess
he didn't realize that he had the power to reach down
and change the station to something else. I just don't
According to Adam Johnson, a Logan resident who hopes
to attend USU in the future, most of the guys he hears
complaining about the Christmas music are the guys that
always have to try to prove that they are tough guys.
"As if saying that they don't like Christmas music shows
that they are too macho for it. These are the same guys
you might find standing by a kiddie-ride at
Lagoon making fun of the little kids and announcing
how lame the ride is. I'm secure in my masculinity;
I drive a Duramax Diesel truck, so I can admit that
I love Christmas songs."
At the end of the argument it's just for each of us
to decide. We've all heard how commercialized Christmas
has become, and in a lot of ways that is true. But when
it comes down to it Christmas is just an excuse. It
could be an excuse for stores to sell more merchandise,
or to raise their prices. It could be an excuse to spend
more time with family, or to spend more time at work
and get paid overtime. It could be an excuse to teach
children about the birth of Christ, or the spirit of
giving. We could use this time of year to get angry
about the long lines, or over-played Christmas songs.
To treat people a little better, or we could just get
a little grumpier. We can be mad about the cold weather,
or use it as an excuse to cuddle up to somebody special.
There's a long list of things Christmas can mean to
us. And the few extra days of Christmas music just gives
us a better opportunity to take advantage.