By now, many of you have probably seen the infamous Mariah Carey viral video. Oh, which one, you ask? I am talking about the video released at midnight on Nov. 1 that shows her smashing a row of pumpkins that spell out “It’s Not Time.”
With her smash holiday song “All I Want For Christmas Is You” playing in the background, Mariah swings a candy cane-patterned bat at the middle pumpkin. At first glance, it appears that the video is encouraging a frenzied transition from Halloween straight to Christmas.
But for those who watch the video to the very end, an encouraging message provides some restraint to the perpetual elongation of the Christmas season: It’s Time!!! To smash that pumpkin and treat it as pie…cause we still gotta get through Thanksgiving.
Thank you. Sure, I would prefer more time than right after Turkey Day to go full Christmas, but at least it’s a start to reversing the trend of the holiday season starting earlier and earlier every year.
I do understand that Americans might be in more of a celebratory mood this year and desire to make up for time lost during the pandemic-plagued Christmas 2020, but come on people. A little moderation and discipline can ensure that we don’t overlook other holidays while simultaneously not watering down Christmas. If getting a big head start on the holiday season is important for your happiness and mental health then I say “go for it” but otherwise try to enjoy this current month before busting out the decorations.
As someone who loves Christmas, I advocate that we celebrate the holiday (and its true meaning) in due time. Happy November! Don’t Blink.