Exeter, Devon UK • Apr 18, 2024 • VOL XII

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When does Christmas start?

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Christmas War

Bryn Seltzer discusses whether it is okay to start celebrating Christmas now

When the clock strikes midnight on October 31st, and as Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” starts playing in the distance, we know that it is time. Christmas time. Yes, Halloween has barely finished and yes the beginning of those chocolate advent calendars is still a far off dream, BUT, it is still time for Christmas. Logically speaking, with all the Christmas music to listen to, markets to go shopping at, movies to cry to, stockings to knit, trees to decorate, and presents to wrap, starting any later than November 1st is simply out of the question. There’s just not enough time! Say, you’re someone who prefers to start on December 1st. Instead of relaxing while listening to Michael Bublé’s Christmas album and drinking hot coco, you’ll be frantically attempting to listen while also decorating your tree with lights, spill your hot coco on the wires, electrocute yourself, all while forgetting to go to the Bath Christmas market. What a shame. 

yes, the beginning of those chocolate advent calendars is still a far off dream, BUT, it is still time for Christmas

Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying that you should put up your tree on November 1st, especially if you’re cutting down your own. It’ll be dead before the 25th if you do! Or maybe just getting suspiciously close to being a fire hazard. Either way, there are other ways to start getting in the spirit. Just start switching on your Christmas Spotify playlist, and maybe pull out your penguin fuzzy socks. Don’t worry, no one needs to know. Even in terms of presents, do you really want to be the family member who waited till the last minute to buy gifts, and wasn’t able to get that cozy sweater your sister wanted because it went out of stock? Didn’t think so. 

Overall, believe me, I’m not here to shame you if you’re intent on waiting till December 1st. To each their own! Just don’t mind me, I’ve been listening to “All I Want For Christmas Is You” since July, and I’m half Jewish. 

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