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Spirited Too Soon?

Students, staff debate whether celebrating Christmas before Thanksgiving is too early
Morgan Willis
Freshman Morgan Willis decorates her Christmas tree early every year. She is one of many students who begin festivities before December even starts.

WOODBURY — Halloween is over and Thanksgiving is just around the corner. However, Christmas is creeping up above all else and infiltrating everyone’s thoughts, purchases, and clothing. Christmas carols blast from cars and ugly sweaters come out of storage. But some wonder: Is it too early to jump right into the holiday spirit?

“Before Thanksgiving is too early to start celebrating,” Nonnewaug sophomore Connor Segers says. “It should start in December and after fall is over.”

“There’s more important holidays to celebrate, like Thanksgiving,” freshman Max Sorcher agrees. “You should start celebrating around Dec. 1.”

Math teacher Jamie Lisevick agrees, but she thinks that it’s the fault of businesses who sell holiday merchandise that push the season too early.

“I think that the stores should calm down,” Lisevick says. “I don’t think that you should have to walk in and see all the Christmas stuff all the time.”

Some, however, support the early start to the Christmas season and prematurely get in the spirit.

“I start celebrating Nov. 1,” says sophomore Ella Schiron.”The tree goes up, like, the start of December.”

“It’s nice to see the different decorations, especially at Costco mid-summertime when they bring them out,” says freshman Indie Kimball. “It’s good to see we’re all in the spirit.” 

Even though Lisevick disapproves of the early merchandise push, she enjoys the early rush of Christmas spirit.

“My husband says I’m not allowed to put up decorations until the day after Thanksgiving,” Lisevick says. “But otherwise my house would already be decorated.”

About the Contributors
Katie Savulak '26
Katie Savulak '26, Reporter
Katie Savulak is a sophomore at Nonnewaug. This is her first year as a reporter for the Chief Advocate, and she enjoys writing about all topics. Katie plays tennis for Nonnewaug in the spring and she dances year-round. Katie is a music enthusiast of all genres.
Morgan Willis
Morgan Willis, Reporter
Morgan Willis is a freshman at Nonnewaug and a first-year reporter for the NHS Chief Advocate. She is a part of Freshman Class Council and the National Art Honor Society. She loves to get involved with lots of aspects of the school. She loves to write about pop culture, sports, and the school community.
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