The hassle of living in a world of hurried holidays

Despite the fact that Thanksgiving isn’t for another week, it’s almost impossible to turn on the TV without seeing a Christmas commercial. On a daily basis, emails are bombarded with Black Friday sales and some stores are already starting their deals. Every year, Black Friday hours creep further and further into Thanksgiving Day, and at this point the name Black “Friday” hardly seems appropriate. These days, the holiday season is forced upon us way too soon, making it hard to appreciate what the holidays are truly about.

One has to wonder what the world would be like if everything was celebrated this way. Imagine a society that started setting off Fourth of July fireworks the first day of summer and initiating Easter egg hunts on Valentine’s Day. These examples may seem outlandish, but in all honesty that’s what has happened with Christmas. It’s understandable that people want to start celebrating such a heartwarming holiday during the dreary winter months, but this premature celebrating is much more materialistic than it is family-oriented.  While the idea of holiday sales may seem like it’s a good thing, more often than not people just end up overwhelmed and stressed as they desperately search for the “it-item” of the year.

“My mom has never wanted me to go Black Friday shopping because she’s afraid I’d get trampled by aggressive shoppers,” senor Olivia Fitzpatrick said. “It’s never really bothered me that I don’t go; I don’t feel like I’m missing out on too great of deals and I can still bargain shop other days during the holidays.”

So what can be done to save the holiday spirit? No matter how much we protest, it’s not likely that this trend is going to change anytime soon. However, it is still possible to alter old traditions. The important thing is to remember the most basic messages of the holiday season: spending time with loved ones, taking a break from daily stresses, and being thankful for everything in life.  Take time to appreciate Thanksgiving, even if it’s just a few hours before you start camping out for an early Black Friday sale. And when Christmas time is here, make sure that the ideas of giving back and being with family are part of the holiday.

“For the first time this year, my brother and I are going to go Black Friday shopping,” senior Sam Becker said. “Our normal Friday after Thanksgiving tradition is to play football since everyone is home from college, but we decided to add Black Friday shopping in this year because we want to get the experience and see all of the craziness.”

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