By Alyssa Martin—Features Editor
‘Tis the season for pumpkin spice lattes, cool weather, changing leaves and Christmas music.
On various social media platforms over the past few weeks, users are having the annual debate on whether it is acceptable to listen to Christmas music and decorate before Thanksgiving.
Some like Mariah Carey—the artist who famously performed the holiday anthem “All I Want for Christmas is You”— who released a video on Nov. 1 proclaiming “It’s time,” are already in the Christmas spirit. However, other social media users are declaring it is too early, and they are annoyed that everyone seems to forget about Thanksgiving.
Dozens of articles and blogs are being spread through social media argue that decorating for Christmas early makes you happier. So, are all of the Christmas songs and decorations compensation for a lack of happiness? Or are all of these festive people genuinely already in the Christmas spirit?
Out of my own curiosity, I decided to take to the masses to find the answer to my many questions by doing what any sensible, curious “Generation Z” member would do: look to social media for answers
I posted a story on my public Instagram asking people’s opinions and explained the responses would be used for an article. I also sent the story and information to four GroupMe messages in hopes of seeking different takes.
Social media did not disappoint.
UTC senior and Halloween fanatic Taylor McCulley expressed the importance of Thanksgiving to her family, and they do not begin decorating until after the turkey-filled holiday; however, she plays a different beat when it comes to Christmas music.
“I start Christmas music on November 1st,” began McCulley. “I feel like you have to get as much out of the music as you can, and 25 days isn’t enough for that … [T]he music gets you in the spirit and gets you excited for the holiday, whereas all of the other activities like decorating, lights, shopping, etc. means that Christmas is actually here.”
However, not everyone who responded had the same positive mindset as McCulley.
Lindsey Long, another UTC senior, described Christmas festivities as something that has become commercialized. She stated how the emphasis of the season has changed from spending time together to stressing about buying something for someone being more important. Long also stated she is not a big fan of Christmas music before Thanksgiving. She said, “I think that [it] just puts people into the mind set that they should be looking at what they should start buying for those that they love.”
Several other people, some from the UTC community and some not, responded with his or her opinions. Most people stated they do not listen to music or decorate before the turkey-filled holiday because “Thanksgiving is a holiday, too.”
Others stated, as in the popular articles, they listen to music and decorate before Thanksgiving because people who do so are happier.
Most people, though, said they wait until after Thanksgiving or listen to Christmas music and watch a movie sporadically.
All in all, the results seemed to be fairly random, and there was not one answer that was universal, even though everyone who responded seemed set on their decision.
From this mini experiment, I took away that no matter what anyone says or thinks, embrace your opinion, or, like me, turn your Christmas music up loud enough where you cannot hear anyone complain about it.
Merry Christmas, Mocs!