2017-10-20 / Education


By Hanah Watts, local high school student

Hanah Watts Hanah Watts Temperatures have dropped from a warm 100 degrees to a cool, crisp 85. The dreaded season of PSLs (Pumpkin Spiced Lattes for those of you who are not friends with Starbucks addicts) and pumpkin spiced…well… anything is upon us.

If you guessed I am talking about autumn, then you are dreadfully wrong.

The season I am referring to is Hallowthanksmas. It is that time of the year where you walk into a store and see a skeleton next to a plastic turkey and a manger scene with baby Jesus.

This period of time is where three major holidays are squished into three months; Halloween, Thanksgiving, and (depending on what you celebrate) Christmas/ Hanukah.

The first holiday in the trio is Halloween, where children dress up as characters and receive candy from strangers, which is frowned upon the other 364 days of the year.

People carve pumpkins and place them on their front steps, and some people even drape their bushes with “cobweb.”

Also, it seems as if every channel is airing a horror movie marathon, which is unfortunate for me, since I do not watch horror movies at all. Whatsoever.

And of course, the costume planning begins. Without fail, every year, there are one or two characters 50 percent of the population appears to be portraying. For example, in 2012, when the Hunger Games movie was released, countless people wandered the streets dressed up as one of the tributes from District 12.

Then, Halloween ends, and November first rolls around. Carved pumpkins are thrown to the curb and replaced by unblemished ones. Plastic turkeys are visible everywhere you turn along with numerous leaves in various shades of browns, golds, oranges, and reds.

Subsequently, the average temperature drops to a freezing 70.

Then comes the actual Thanksgiving holiday itself, and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Honestly, it is a holiday devoted to eating (and giving thanks!) where people stuff themselves more than the turkey sitting on the table. After lunch, usually comes the time when people sit down to watch football, or, if you are like me, the dog show.

However, as soon as the day is over, everything is magically replaced by Christmas Décor.

Granted, Christmas related items have been out in stores since July, but Black Friday is when it intensifies.

The post office groans knowing they are going to need to find someone to take all Santa’s letters up to the North Pole (The North Pole is a remarkably long way from South Carolina, but some heroic soul must do it).

Children dream of sledding down snow dusted hills as parents attempt to explain to them weather conditions in children’s books are not an accurate representation of the whole country.

Stores stock up on ornaments and Dreidels as people frantically try to pry out of their friends and family what gift they would like.

So, when it comes down to it, Hallowthanksmas is the perfect opportunity to sit down with family and friends and enjoy life, attempt to take things slow, and have fun.

So, be safe, and a Merry Hallowthanksmas to all, and to all a good night.

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