By Sarah Guzman
Have you ever been to Target looking for Halloween candy or costumes and seen the employees setting up the huge Christmas section in the back of the store? You choose Reese's pieces (because why not) and then look back at the Christmas trees and think… it's October! For some, Christmas starts too early, however, some people want it to start even earlier. How festive are you, and do you think Christmas starts too early?
To figure out why Christmas seems to be starting sooner every year, we will have to look at the beginning. Christmas is the holiday in which we celebrate the birth of Christ. The character of Santa Claus has been traced back to a monk in 280 A.D. who was called St. Nicholas. He was well known because of his kindness, however, Christmas wasn't made to celebrate him. So now that we know the true meaning of Christmas, we know fluffy penguins, gingerbread men, snowman, and Santa are basically marketing tools for the holidays. According to Business Insider (http://www.businessinsider.com/what-americans-actually-spend-money-on-during-christmas-2015-12) the amount of money that people spend on the gift has increased from $720 to $830. “ I typically spend about $200 on each of my girls (daughters) and then get smaller gifts for my immediate family," said Lorena Diaz.
Many people don't realize how much they spend during Christmas time because there are focused on Christmas movies that display that we need to believe in the holiday spirit and get your 3rd cousin the Xbox he wanted. Movies such as How the Grinch Stole Christmas show that the holiday spirit and presents. “ I think the purpose of Christmas trees is for the gifts we put under it,” said Emelina Guzman. Most people do think that the purpose of a Christmas Tree is to put gifts under it my symbolically it is the Tree of Knowledge in the Garden of Eden. The Christmas tree was used in winter festivals over thousands of years before Christmas became a marketing tool. Freshman Annie Chang said, “ I don’t really know what the Christmas tree was first used for, but the purpose of it for me is to put presents under it. “
Christmas starts earlier than other years because retail stores want you to begin “getting in the holiday spirit” sooner so that you buy into their holiday flavored creamers and stockings that you need to hang on the chimney you don't have. “ I start putting up Christmas decor in November and start listening to Christmas music before Thanksgiving,” said Emelina Guzman.
Christmas is a very important part of our lives and even though it progressively gets here early, we need to take advantage of it. It is a time where we celebrate with our family and get gifts, and who doesn't love gifts ?!
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