Is this really the most joyful time of the year?

Ben Halsam, Staff Writer

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People always say that the holidays are the most joyous time of the year. But is it possible that this time of year can be an unpleasant few months?

For parents, this time of year means constant shopping for gifts and food for the holidays, as well as stressful planning, decorating and expensive traveling for the entire family.

They also need to satisfy their children with what eight year-olds consider to be satisfactory gifts and joyful celebration, which is never an easy task.

For young children, Christmas means trying their best to be good little children for the last few months of the year in order to “earn” enough presents from Santa.

They believe that if they try hard enough, their good acts will cancel out their previous acts of naughtiness and earn them a spot on the nice list.

Of course, what some people consider to be one of the most enjoyable parts of this time of year is quite the opposite. Consider two words: holiday music.

The same 10 cheesy songs on repeat on most radio channels beginning at the beginning of November and lasting through the rest of the year. And it’s not just music that begins extremely early, advertisements and TV channels focus on Christmas sometimes months before the holidays really begin.

All of these can distract viewers from the true joy and happiness of the holidays.

These distractions can also direct attention away from other holidays, like Thanksgiving. It seems that as soon as Halloween is over, people immediately focus on Christmas, completely neglecting a holiday celebrating an extremely important part of American history.Focusing on these distractions will distract from the joy of the holidays, and will take away from what truly matters.

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Is this really the most joyful time of the year?