We all celebrate the holidays differently. However, all of us can agree to these five rules.
No Mentioning Christmas before Thanksgiving
The Christmas Spirit seems to slide up earlier and earlier every year. Christmas used to get its first mention the day after Thanksgiving, but now the music begins playing in department stores closer to Halloween time. The rule should go back to the way it was. The Christmas season should start after the Thanksgiving meal has been fully digested and you regret how much you ate. This is a fair enough trade for those Christmas Season obsessed folk among us.
Trick-or-Treating After Dark
Safety concerns have kids trick-or-treating when the sun is still out. Coming from the last generation where we were allowed to break bones and get kidnapped, it’s upsetting to see today’s kids missing out on playing in the dark. Trick-or-treating should take place in the dark when goblins, ghouls, and vampires are actually scary. A ten-year-old vampire walking around at 4pm when the street lights are still on is a conflict of interest for the realism to his costume.
One Gift on Christmas Eve
Many families have the tradition to start opening presents on Christmas Eve, usually allowing the most excited members (the children) of the family to open one gift. This is a perfect rule and should be implemented everywhere. The gift should also be something fun, not pajamas. As comfortable as the new pair of winter PJs are, they do not suffice the need for an early gift. Pajamas are acceptable as a gift, but proper compensation must be given in addition to, not in replacement of.
Fourth of July Should Always Fall on a Weekday
Going against logic, this holiday rule would be a little tricky. We would have to start by changing the nickname “The Fourth of July” simply to “Independence Day” and have it take place on the first Monday-Friday every July. Whichever day it ends up being works well for us all. A Monday or Friday gives us a three-day weekend. In the middle of the week we could get two days off, one to recover or prepare. I don’t care what the other policies he has; if anyone ran for president with this on their agenda, they earn my vote.
Everyone Should Get a Kiss on New Year’s Eve
One is the loneliest number and being an individual with only yourself to kiss on New Year’s Eve can crush even the most optimistic of hearts. It should be a requirement that everyone gets a kiss on New Year’s Eve. The kisses should be out of pity and chance. Those of us with secret crushes should be allowed to land a peck on their cheek without having to face the consequences the next morning. New Year’s Eve is all about the end, getting ready for a new beginning. Something as simple and innocent as a kiss can end the year right or start off the new one down the correct path. Pucker up ladies and gentleman; nobody will have to spend New Year’s Eve alone with this policy.