How Early is Too Early? Celebrating the Holidays



Christmas decorations are in stores as the Holiday season approaches

Gisele Bisch, Staff Reporter

The anticipation for Christmas has only grown louder since the ending of November, but it’s no secret that the Christmas spirit has been around long before then.

Indeed, Halloween’s passing hasn’t halted the festivity of the holidays. From October, many have noticed the subtle (and sometimes not so subtle) appearance of Christmas buzz. Christmas music and decor fill department stores – even the selling of festive clothing lands on sale racks. For some, the emergence of the Holiday spirit is exciting, but, for others, the early arrival is unwelcomed.

Matt Nelsen, a current math teacher at Kamehameha, shared his view on the ordeal. “When I was six-years-old, I used to listen to Johnny Mathis [Christmas music] year’ round,” Nelsen said. “Now, not before December.”

“I want it to be special. I like to [listen to Christmas music in December] because it means more,” said Nelsen. “If you celebrate something for months, it doesn’t seem quite as monumental when it occurs.”

While there may be several people who feel the same way as Nelsen, Aleesa Nero, a junior boarder at Kamehameha, thinks otherwise. “I am pro-early [Christmas] celebration. I put my small Christmas tree up in my dorm room on November 1st,” said Nero, recalling the experience. “I feel like it should be okay for people to be able to celebrate as early as they want.”

Certainly, early ‘Christmas partying’ will most likely actively continue in the future as it has been – probably meaning no escaping the festivity among Halloween. Nevertheless, whether you cringe at the early Christmas spirit or happily indulge in it, one thing is for certain: December is already here, and Christmas is soon to come.