When Does Christmas Season Start – The Day After Halloween Or Black Friday?

NEW YORK - DECEMBER 22: Patrons enjoy the traditional Christmas "wunderland" decor in Rolf's German restaurant December 22, 2004 in New York City. The 19th-century German tavern decorates for the Christmas season with artificial fir trees and pine garlands, Victorian dolls and thousands of Christmas lights. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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When does the Christmas season start? Some people say Black Friday. Some people say the day after Halloween. Then there are a group of people who believe that the Christmas season starts on December 1st for no reason other than it is the beginning of the month that Christmas happens. Let’s try to figure out the real date that the Christmas season starts.

As of today, there are only 42 days until Christmas Day. But when does Christmas SZN kick off? We are talking about Christmas in the terms of the non-religious aspect that stirs up feelings of benevolence, fellowship, and goodwill towards everyone.

The Christian Christmas season actually begins on Christmas Day. The religious Christmas season lasts for 12 days and is called the “Twelvetide,” which celebrates the Nativity of Jesus Christ. In many Christian denominations, the festivities are capped off on the 12th day, which is called the Epiphany.

There are also pagan festivities that happen around the same time as Christmas and pre-date Christianity by hundreds of years. Ancient civilizations celebrated the winter solstice such as the Romans observing the holiday called Saturnalia, named for the god Saturn. Saturnalia dates back to at least 497 BC and included huge banquets, drinking, merrymaking, and gift-giving. Sound familiar? Christians adopted many pagan rituals to make recruiting new members to their religion easier. Even the idea of a Christmas tree has roots tied to pagan rituals of bringing plants and trees indoors during the winter.

Let’s look at some events to determine when the Christmas season begins. If you were vacationing in Disney two weeks ago, then you’ll be convinced that Xmas SZN starts on November 1st. People were celebrating Halloween into the wee hours of the night and then returned early the next morning to find Christmas decorations scattered around the most Magical Place on Earth.

Retailers are the most eager Christmas revelers and some stores start busting out Christmas decorations in September.

Some ardent retailers even roll out their Christmas decorations in August, which should be illegal because who wants to listen to Christmas music (which allegedly can cause mental illness if overexposed) for four months?

The 2018 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree will be lit for the first time on Wednesday, November 28, at Rockefeller Plaza in New York City. The 2018 National Christmas Tree Lighting will also be held on November 28, 2018, in Washington D.C. at the Pathway of Peace.

There are overexuberant Christmas zealots who believe that Christmas starts the day after Halloween.


Do you put up your Christmas tree up the day after Halloween? Why do you hate turkeys and Thanksgiving? There is one study that suggests people who put up Christmas decorations earlier are happier. However, the crippling anxiety of taking a trip to a jam-packed mall in what will obviously be a feeble attempt to find the perfect holiday gifts for loved ones can make all your Christmas jeer disappear.

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There are even Christmas extremists such as legendary wrestler Mick Foley who actually have a dedicated “Christmas Room” so they can celebrate the Christmas season 365 days a year.

Let’s be honest, Christmas at the very earliest starts once Thanksgiving dinner is over and the last slice of pumpkin pie slides down your gullet and into your bloated gut. But it definitely should not be a second sooner.

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