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  • Maya Altman ’24

When Does “Christmas Time” Begin?


Christmas at SI always arrives with festive campus decorations. (Photo by Mr. Gazulla)


Christmas season is arguably one of the best times of the year. From hanging ornaments on the tree to exchanging gifts with friends, there are so many ways to get into the Christmas spirit. However, the real question is, when does this so-called “Christmas time” truly begin?


Each year, there seems to be controversy surrounding when to start celebrating Christmas. Is it November 1st? After Thanksgiving? December 1st? The start of winter break? Personally, I believe Christmas starts right after Thanksgiving, since it is the last major holiday before Christmas and it falls just a few days before the start of December. I discovered that this seems to be one of the more popular answers.


For example, when asked about her opinion, Naomi Popple ’24 said, “Thanksgiving needs to have its own separate holiday. Definitely after Thanksgiving.”

Similarly, Cecilia Ryan ’24 also stated, “I would want to start earlier, but I usually start after Thanksgiving.”


Cecilia’s comment highlights that while celebrating Christmas early can be tempting, it is still important to acknowledge Thanksgiving in its entirety as it is a time to share gratitude and joy with your loved ones. However, with stores putting out their Christmas items on the shelves at what seems like the second after Halloween ends, it’s easy to overlook Thanksgiving and go full Christmas mode.


Therefore, it’s important to find a balance between these two special occasions. So, feel free to start blasting Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You” whenever you want, but don’t forget about turkey day!


Maya Altman ’24 is a Vol. 71 Contributing Editor.


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