The color of the leaves has started to fade, the first flakes of snow have begun to settle, and the familiar feeling of festivity has returned. The holiday season is finally upon the students of Bonneville High School; however, the question of exactly which holiday season is approaching continually puzzles people across the country. Thanksgiving is infamously situated just a month before Christmas, resulting in contention among the population as to which should be celebrated first. Some families choose to decorate their homes for Christmas before they celebrate Thanksgiving, while others decide to hold off setting up decorations until after the feasts have concluded. The Bonneville Buzz reached out to a couple members of the staff and the student body to find out how they choose to celebrate the neighboring holidays.
Keridwen Tyler is currently a senior attending Bonneville whose holiday preferences greatly contrast her preferred order of celebration. When asked whether she favored Thanksgiving or Christmas, she responded, “I definitely prefer Christmas, because I hate Thanksgiving.” Tyler’s disdain for the food associated with the season makes the holiday less-than-ideal for her, although it has developed little to no drama among her family members. However, despite her distaste for the day of gratitude, Tyler believes that Christmas festivities should take place after Thanksgiving because “... even though I don’t like Thanksgiving, I think it should have its time to shine.” In Tyler’s eyes, the seasons each deserve a moment in the spotlight, regardless of her aversion to the former.
While one student’s opinion has led them to believe that Christmas should only be celebrated after Thanksgiving, one teacher believes the exact opposite. Mrs. Pogue is a new English teacher at Bonneville. She maintains her belief that Thanksgiving and Christmas can equally coexist, with the latter still beginning on the first of November. As expected, Pogue favors Christmas over Thanksgiving, saying, “... I just love the all-around feel of it. I feel like people are kinder during Christmas time, people think more about others than themselves around [this season], and it’s so warm and cozy too! It’s so much nicer.” Pogue loves Thanksgiving as well and believes the holidays should be celebrated in tandem at Bonneville.
A fact that few can deny is that both Thanksgiving and Christmas bring feelings of comfort and familiarity. Whichever season one prefers to celebrate first does not change the traditions that they and their families have established in their homes. Bonneville’s student body should do well to maintain the feeling of festivity during these upcoming holiday seasons.
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