Dueling Columns: Stuff your turkey, Christmas can wait

Dueling columns

Dueling columns

Bailey Vandiver

It’s Thanksgiving season, not Christmas season. Turn down the Christmas music and listen to the turkeys gobble.

I went to sleep on Halloween night excited for the best time of the year to begin the following day. Unfortunately, I woke up not to people excited for Thanksgiving or changing leaves, but instead to hundreds of Tweets about putting up Christmas lights or pressing play on Christmas music playlists.

People had fast forwarded straight through November, the best month for several reasons.

First of all, the trees’ leaves are changing colors, making an 8 a.m. walk across campus or a miserable drive on the Bluegrass Parkway much prettier.

Next, students are enjoying their final Caturdays of the football season, and the weather is normally beautiful. Let’s be honest, UK’s season is normally over long before it’s actually time to start playing Christmas music.

Christmas may be the “holiday” season, but November has plenty of its own spirit. Veterans Day on Nov. 11 offers a chance to remember and honor American veterans.

Then comes the perfect holiday: Thanksgiving, a perfectly valid excuse to do nothing but eat. You can spend the entire month thinking about those rolls your grandma makes and whether you can beat your previous record of eating 12– or is that just me?

Either way, Thanksgiving brings delicious food, endless re-runs of Chandler Bing moments and football watched with family and friends.

Overall, November is a perfect month, and it’s a disgrace to skip over it. I’m not trying to be a Grinch here: I’ll listen to “All I Want for Christmas Is You” by Mariah Carey plenty of times this year, but not until December.

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