The Return of the Holidays


The pumpkin spice latte is featured as one of the musts during the fall season. (Image Credits: Shutter Stock)

Sydney Chang, Opinions Editor

“Deck the halls with boughs of holly. Fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la. “ Christmas music blaring through the radio speakers in early November is not an uncommon occurrence.

Humans are utterly obsessed with the holiday seasons. Some people suffer from OCD, also known as Obsessive Christmas Disorder. With Halloween costumes and Christmas decorations entering stores at least a month too early and sometimes simultaneously, the hype surrounding the end-of-the-year holidays is inevitable and explosive.

The smell of the incoming autumn season signals exciting activities. Fall brings its qualities everywhere it goes, and people love it. Gum brands, such as Extra and Trident, release pumpkin spice flavors. Clothing stores sweep the racks with scarves and cardigans while everyone is dying to try the Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks.

I say, enough is enough. I am sick and tired of people taking selfies in backgrounds covered with leaves and hashtagging “#itsstartingtofeellikefall.” For once in my life, I want to hear advertisements related to Christmas AFTER Thanksgiving. Please, just once in my life, I want to see Christmas lights and decorations in December.

Why do the words “Halloween,” “Thanksgiving,” and “Christmas” ignite a burning passion and excitement within some people? Is it the nostalgia people yearn for every year or the peer pressure that may forcefully corner certain people into being excited for the holidays?

My observations have led me to the conclusion that this is all the work of conformity. Every single person, whether they admit it or not, likes to fit in and be liked. A majority of the human population likes to be a part of a bigger movement and enjoy themselves among a big group of people. There is not a living thing in this world that likes collective action more than human beings.

This is what the end-of-the-year holidays succumbs to. These dates gather people from all over the world to celebrate what they all acknowledge and love. On Halloween, young children and adolescents gather to go Trick-Or-Treating. On Thanksgiving, family members come from the other side of the country to enjoy a feast with their loved ones. On Christmas, young children dash down to their Christmas surprises while families gather around the Christmas trees to cherish their memories.

Humans were created to feel the warmth and interaction of other humans. We were meant to be loved and this love stirs up the excitement that comes around every year. The holidays reminds us why those around us are special and remind us why it feels so good to live.

Even though I walk down the aisles of Wal Mart or Target and simply scoff at their holiday spirits, I realized I shouldn’t be so critical. After all, I myself like to sing Christmas songs in the middle of October.