The countdown to Christmas: Do we start celebrating too early?

The answer is no

Daisy Harrison
8th November 2023
Image credit: Pixabay @monicore
The nights are starting to get longer, the air has a chill about it, and the shops are starting to stock Christmas items. This may fill some people with utter frustration – why are we already seeing baubles and tinsel? It’s only October! I am not one of these people… I love Christmas.

As we’re all aware, the months leading up to Christmas are a time of deadlines, exams, and reminiscing over laying on the beach during the summer. Therefore, indulging in festive activities can be a great distraction from the reality of an otherwise pretty bleak few months – especially when you leave your 4pm seminar to find it’s already dark outside. But fear not, soon the Toon will be lit up by lights, the Fenwick window will be revealed, and you can judge people’s Christmas trees on your walk home from uni.

indulging in festive activities can be a great distraction from the reality of an otherwise pretty bleak few months

Personally, I enjoy having things to look forward to – whether that’s a concert, holiday, or something as simple as brunch with a friend. Luckily, the Christmas period provides lots to look forward to, such as cosy film nights, decoration shopping sprees (the more tinsel the better!), and a trip to the markets. This is all accompanied by so much good food – my housemates and I will be going to town with the Xmas picky bits this year.

I also want to add that the phrase “it’s too early” means nothing to me – after all, people plan their birthday celebrations months in advance. And if pre-booking a Christmas activity in August is going to make me happy, then what’s the harm?

if pre-booking a Christmas activity in August is going to make me happy, then what’s the harm?

Even if you don’t celebrate Christmas, the holiday period is a chance to get cosy and spend time with your friends and family, whilst also acting as a procrastination method - perfect!

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