BY KOBI AZOULAY
Thanksgiving is a time to gather around with your family, discuss what you are thankful for, eat some turkey and sing Christmas carols.
Everyone knows that singing Christmas carols is an activity better suited for after Thanksgiving, but lately Christmas has been encroaching on Turkey Day’s territory.
This phenomenon has been exacerbated by the fact that stores around the United States begin rolling out their Christmas merchandise earlier and earlier every year.
This is what is known as the Christmas Creep.
Nothing kills the Thanksgiving spirit more than seeing Christmas decorations before the calendar even flips to November, and most Americans seem to agree.
According to a poll done by the data firm Rich Relevance, 71 percent of American adults were “annoyed or very annoyed” when they saw Christmas decorations in stores before Halloween.
With almost three-fourths of Americans showing distaste for early Christmas advertising, why do retailers continue to roll out the holiday merchandise so early?
The answer should not be surprising considering this is the reason that businesses operate in the first place: money.
A 2014 Nielson survey showed that 22 percent of Americans began their Christmas shopping before November.
This might not seem like a lot because it is greatly outnumbered by the 71 percent who dislike seeing Christmas items early, but considering the United States population is over 300 million people, that is more than 50 million Christmas shoppers.
Statistics like this have CEOs seeing green, encouraging them to continue a practice the vast majority of Americans vehemently disagree with.
Americans who hate Christmas Creep must unite and make their voices heard in the most effective way possible in a capitalist society. They must speak with their wallets and checkbooks.
If consumers punish stores that sell Christmas merchandise early, companies will take notice and Thanksgiving will finally have the chance to re-take its rightful territory.
This trend must really bother people that do not celebrate Christmas. We live in a country that prides itself on diversity, yet a truly American holiday like Thanksgiving takes a backseat to the famous Christian holiday.
Thanksgiving is an American holiday that does not just focus on any one religion or ethnicity. The beauty of a celebration that brings all Americans together should not be cut short for the sake of a holiday that only a segment of the population celebrates.
While the food and the football get all the hype, do not forget the true meaning of Thanksgiving. It is a time to get together with family, enjoy a nice home-cooked meal and enjoy the company of the people that you are thankful to have in your life.
Now do not get me wrong, I love the Christmas season. I grew up listening to Christmas carols, watching the Nightmare before Christmas and opening presents on Christmas morning.
It is one of my favorite times of the year, but it needs to stay in December where it belongs. Thanksgiving is a special holiday that deserves to be advertised after Halloween, all the way until Black Friday.
Save the Christmas carols for next month.