Halloween, Thanksgiving, or Christmas?


Alexa McClain, Journalist

The last few months of the year are finally beginning to roll around and I’m ready for it! Nearly every part of the rest of 2021 will be holding so much excitement! The question is, however, which part is the best?


First comes Halloween. We love this holiday for all of the spooktacular events it holds. We enjoy the exhilarating feeling of getting all dressed up and being anything we want to be for a night. On the night of Halloween, we are promised free candy and some cavities. It’s the best!


The entire month of October, leading up to Halloween, is exciting on its own. You get to finally exit those boring months in the middle of the year and decorate the house with fun, scary pumpkins. You also get to decorate the exterior of your home with creepy crawly spider webs. So fun yet so spooky!


Then, there are the traditional seasonal events and activities that happen through the month like pumpkin carving and pumpkin seed baking. Oh yes, there is nothing better than working hard on creating a unique pumpkin and then afterwards enjoying the salty taste of the seeds that came out of that jack o lantern.


So, Halloween is looking pretty good but let’s now focus on what Thanksgiving has in store.


Food, food, and more food! We’ve got turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, pumpkin pie, apple pie, and gravy boats for days. But before the famous dinner, there is morning. The children wake up to mom preparing food from the moment she rises that day. The expectation for the Thanksgiving Day Parade to already be put on the Television is high.


Thanksgiving is a day where good people eat good food. Families come together under one roof, hopefully putting politics aside, and try to thoroughly enjoy each other’s presence. We retell old memories and pictures that forever last in our heads and laugh the night away.


The house full of like-minded people put their thoughts together and share whom and what they are thankful for. The love and positivity fills the crisp Autumn air and the hearts of the people around…as well as the suspenseful game mode that Thanksgiving football holds.


Before the literal day, though, there is the Fall season . Fall is nationally announced to begin on September 22, however, us Arizonians have a different mindset given that our weather doesn’t physically change until the month of November.


The month begins with the treat of rain and clouds. We have longed for this perfect weather all year long and finally it has come!


Out with the Halloween decor in our homes, and in with warm tones of harvesty leaves all around. Candles get replaced with the scents of “Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin” and “Sweater Weather”.


Then finally, the year gets finished off with, you guessed it, “The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year.”


Nearly every radio in Arizona is playing 99.9 KEZ’s Christmas music at once. The music fills our ears and souls, leaving us month long jolliness. Driving around the neighborhood begins to be a hobby at this time. Parent’s take out their children and roll down the windows that way they may gaze at the red and green twinkling lights, streamed up and down houses.


Without barbecues being held due to the wintery weather, families and friends spend their weekends cozy on their couches. We snuggle up tight with the fluffiest of blankets and put on the originals: Home Alone, A Christmas Story, A Charlie Brown Christmas, etc.


Prior to Christmas Day, people attend all types of Christmas parties. We share delicious sweet cookies and exchange White Elephant gifts while showing off our ugly, yet creative, sweaters.


Finally, the night before Christmas comes around and your homemade Peanut Butter Blossom cookies are set out for Santa, just in case he needs a little extra boost in the middle of the night. Everybody lies in bed, eager to see what Santa Claus’ elves have made them this time.


Christmas fever wakes the children up, averaging around 6 o’clock. Before you know it, presents are totally ripped through, allowing dad to put all of the torn up wrapping paper in a trash bag. It isn’t over yet though. Mom insists that we all get ready to go to the Christmas service at church to remember what the Christmas spirit is truly about, the birth of Jesus Christ.


Now I know what you must be thinking, “This is far too difficult of a choice!” I hear you, but which one made you feel the best while reading? And just remember, does it really matter anyway? They are all pretty amazing!