Where has the holiday spirit gone?

Family, friends, and general cheer; these are three prime ingredients of the holiday season. Christmas carols are playing softly in the background as you watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade while waiting on the feast of turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie.

This was used to be the norm for this time of year, but unfortunately things have changed.

What exactly happened to the holiday cheer that was generally adhered by? Where and when it was lost cannot exactly be pin pointed but there used to be a feeling, something in many people’s spirit that was instantaneously ignited once the Thanksgiving/Christmas season kicked off.

One explanation of this tradition’s demise involves cultural tension. Because everyone does not celebrate Thanksgiving or Christmas, in recent years there has been a large controversy over whether or not greetings such as “Happy Thanksgiving” or “Merry Christmas” are appropriate greetings anymore because these are not the only two holidays celebrated during this time.

Aushailene Ragin, a junior, says that, “Happy Holidays is a better saying than ‘Merry Christmas’ or ‘Happy Thanksgiving’ because it shows respect for every holiday during this time, and every culture. This way, no one will be offended.”

Another large reason for the demise of the holiday spirit is age. As we grow older, certain things become less important. Unfortunately, holiday spirit is included in that category as well.

Selena Todd, a junior, says, “Holiday time just isn’t the same now that I’ve gotten older. It’s not as fun or cool as it was when I was little.”

Holiday activities are not appealing for the older kids. In this day and age, sending out a mass “Merry Christmas!” text along with a string of festive emojis is more appealing than decorating a tree.

The spirit of the holidays, in general, should be revived. Whether the solution is in music, decorations, television, or even the mindset of the individual is beside the point. The sooner the spirit is revived, the holiday season will be more enjoyable for everyone in general.


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