Retail’s nightmare before Christmas

Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) /


Tis the season to get spooky and get in the holiday spirit, apparently. While you may have noticed the past month or so had most store covered in Halloween decorations, it’s hard to pass through a Walmart, dollar stores or even some residential neighbourhoods without seeing the tell-tale signs of flashy lights and giant Santas. But the real world isn’t exactly like Tim Burton’s iconic duo-holiday film, The Nightmare Before Christmas.

I’m all for holidays and being cheery but there’s something weird about starting one celebration before another is even over. Halloween is a time for the dark and scary which is definitely contrasted by the holiday seasons’ bright and happy vibes, and I don’t see the two mixing well.

Is all of November and December really not enough for the holidays?

While it is based around Christian religious beliefs, Christmas is one of the most widely celebrated holidays around the world. Millions oonsibilities that don’t involve eating mass quantities of food. Even if you don’t celebrate, it’s still a time for relaxation.

Christmas holidays away from home, time off from school for kids and lots of home cooked meal.

But before we get there, there are still two whole months between Halloween and Christmas. In this time, fill the store with decorations, candy and Michael Buble’s seasonal album. However, I think the time before October 31 should be reserved for the ghoulish side of things.

Not only does speeding up the holiday transition make some people uncomfortable, but also – as a student – I feel like it makes deadlines seem a lot closer than they really are. If I’m already supposed to be getting in the Christmas spirit, should I be thinking about exams, too? Because I’m honestly not ready for that. There is still so much to happen before the holidays can.

As November begins, people do not often recognize Remembrance Day. Canada is supposed to be pretty patriotic, and thinking about those who fought for our country takes the backburner to Christmas and even Halloween because it’s not a largely celebrated holiday.

And on the note of other holidays, while Christmas is such a major focus it takes the attention away from equally important times, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. These are important holidays for many people in North America and should not be overshadowed by Christmas just because of its secular Santa Claus

Christmas is one of the most highly celebrated times of the year, but I think when it comes to the advertising of it, it’s very much a consumer oriented event and marketed in a way that makes it seem like companies just want attention. ‘Buy these decorations,’ ‘eat all these cookies’ and ‘spend all the money on presents for everyone you know.’

Don’t get me wrong, I’m incredibly invested in getting into the ‘Christmas spirit’ myself, but I don’t think half the year should be dedicated to the material aspect of the season. However it’s also a time to spend with family and friends; gifts are just an added bonus.

Each holiday is special and deserves attention, so don’t go too crazy and remember what they’re there for. So, let Halloween finish before you start decorating the house and getting ready for Santa – Christmas will definitely get it’s fair share of time.

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