Mariah Carey thinks November 1st is the start of the Christmas season: is she wrong?

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Something that makes me deliriously happy is that today is November 1st and we’re only dealing with the sad drunk remembrances of Halloween today and NOW IT IS THE CHRISTMAS SZN. Please, November and December are just about Thanksgiving and Christmas. So put away your struggle gourds and put up turkey decorations and Christmas wreaths!! Today is the beginning of the Season of Mariah Carey, aka Ms. Christmas. Of course she dressed up for Halloween:

But at midnight, the pumpkin turned into a reindeer/Mrs. Claus costume/Christmas tree. As Mariah well knows:

I can’t believe she has a direct-dial to Santa. Oh wait I totally believe that. So now Ms. Christmas has declared it: it’s time to hear Christmas music, it’s time to watch Mariah sing Christmas music, and it’s time to eat Christmas candy. Make it so. Or not? I don’t know. When I was younger, I thought the “Christmas Season” only started after Thanksgiving, because that’s when my family put up the tree. But as I get older… I’m all for the Christmas season starting pre-Thanksgiving, honestly. We need some joy and holiday spirit.

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  1. Nicegirl says:

    Make it so 🖖🏽🖖🏽🖖🏽🖖🏽🖖🏽🖖🏽Love it 🥰

  2. Ceecu33 says:

    Nooooo day after Black Friday! Can we please keep thanksgiving? It’s my favorite holiday

    • Gingerbread says:

      Why can’t people celebrate differently? It’s great you love thanksgiving, I’m glad you enjoy it and feel free to wait to the end of the month to focus on Christmas. But I start Christmas season now! It’s just a feel good time! It makes me feel joyful and excited in a time when that’s so rare. I hate this too cool for school, anti-Christmas in November trend (not you)
      I’ve been seeing. Let people enjoy things!

      • Wilady says:

        For me it’s not about too cool for school, cool to hate Christmas in November.

        It’s that I don’t want to get sick of Christmas. I don’t want to hate it. I LOVE CHRISTMAS SO MUCH and I hate feeling annoyed by a beautiful thing I love so much after celebrating it for two months. So I try to avoid everything, and walk around in blinders until the day after Thanksgiving, when I COME THROUGH, BABY!!

      • Kath says:

        yeah it’s because I love Christmas so much that I hate seeing it in November. Christmas in November is a new(ish) thing. I hate seeing Christmas start this early because then it’s over the 26th and that kills me!

      • Christina says:

        I second that emotion, Wilady.

    • jbyrdku says:

      Same! I have strong feelings about this. The older I get the more it bothers me to see Christmas gear going up in a store before we’ve even reached Halloween. Some things should stay as they are and celebrated in their own time.

      • The Recluse says:

        Me too. I love Christmas and I don’t want to be tired of it before December even starts. They need to give Halloween it’s space and maybe give us a little breathing space in November to build up our anticipation to crave the whole Christmas season and then kick it into gear.

  3. Sarah says:

    Doesn’t she seem kind of…foolish? I guess I just don’t get her. Not pretty, not interesting, just really basic and unclever.

    • perplexed says:

      I don’t think her singing voice is basic. Granted, her music isn’t for everyone but it is her singing voice that sets her apart. That’s what made her famous in the first place. Her early music showcases her voice really well.

      I used to think she was a little weird (i.e lounging on a couch during interviews), but then people like Miley Cyrus came along and I developed a new appreciation for Mariah.

    • StormsMama says:

      Are you aware you’re commenting on the Mariah Carey thread?
      Everyone is entitled to their own options, but your comment is mean spirited and wrong.

    • DiegoInSF says:

      Her “acting” in that tiny clip was so bad and cringeworthy.

    • Nev says:



  4. Betsy says:

    Gahhhhhh noooo! Christmas season starts at Thanksgiving! Save the ears of retail employees from two months of Christmas music!!

    • Tiffany :) says:

      That’s exactly it, Betsy. She earns big bucks from a Christmas song, so the longer the season the more plays her song gets. $$$

    • HK9 says:

      Canadian here-we have Thanksgiving in October, so Christmas freaks like me quietly start digging out our Christmas stuff on Nov 1st…but don’t start actually putting things up until after Rememberance Day.

      However, I worked retail for enough years to HATE the Christmas music in the mall. To this day, when I go Christmas shopping, I take my ipod (fully changed) with Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black on repeat.

  5. (TheOG)@Jan90067 says:

    Agree with her! While Hallmark seems to start their Christmas movies earlier and earlier every year, to me, the season starts at the first “real” Christmas commercial lol! Just saw one this morning, “A Lexus Christmas to Remember” one, where the wife gets a shiny new car, complete with bow.

    NOW, it’s ON! lolol

    I guess I’m just a great big, old kid; I wait for this like a puppy looking out the window for friends, “tail wagging” lol. I LOVE this time of year (Thanksgiving prep; Xmas/Hanukkah decorating, shopping!! lol); I just don’t want it to go so fast!!!

    • Brandy Alexander says:

      I have to admit – I’m already watching the Hallmark Christmas movies! I just love them!

      • bonobochick says:

        Lifetime’s Christmas movies, which started a week ago, IMO are better. A bit less syrupy overall plus Lifetime isn’t afraid to have diversity in its leads.

        Hallmark movies make it seem like only white people can fall in love, which is a terrible message and on the racist side.

      • Brandy Alexander says:

        bonobochick, thanks for they tip! I will check them out!

    • bonobochick says:

      Plus Hallmark was showing Christmas movies all during July as part of their “Christmas in July” Extravaganza.


  6. Mia4s says:

    Christmas season for me starts November 12. The least I can do is show respect and gratitude for veterans on November 11 before I dive into gingerbread and such.

  7. MellyMel says:

    In the past I’ve hated seeing Christmas decorations up in stores so early (like weeks before Halloween) & don’t play Christmas music until the day after Thanksgiving, but the world is a big old hot mess, so I say bring on the Christmas/Holiday joy.

    • Eliza says:

      I always buy an ornament from this cute little shop by headquarters before Christmas. I’m due in a couple weeks ago it was my last trip in this week, and the store had a small section out (pre-Halloween) the only time I’ve ever been happy to see Christmas stuff before Thanksgiving!

  8. VegasSchmegas says:

    Have tixs to see her holiday special in Vegas around Thanksgiving. Nothing kicks off the holiday, for me, like a boozy Mariah singing Christmas music. 🙂

    • Nicegirl says:

      @vegasm omg I’m so jealous. I saw Mariah at her first ever west coast performance in summer of 1990- she sang only one song, her breakout hit ‘Vision of Love’ with her curls bouncing, wearing her long black slinky dress! It took me years to truly appreciate her talent, back then, I thought she was destined to be a. 1 Hit wonder. Now I’m like, Mimi is an old friend with pipes for days. Her antics make me laugh so hard, too. I am so jelly that you get to see our Mimi in Vegas this holiday season. Soooooo cool 😎

  9. lucy2 says:

    No! The day after Thanksgiving is the start of Christmas for me.
    I hate rushing the holidays. All the stores have Christmas stuff up at back to school time, and it’s depressing. By the time you get to the holiday you’re sick of it.

    • JennyJenny says:

      I agree @lucy2. The end of November and all of December are enough time to celebrate Christmas.

      I’ll leave my uncarved pumpkins up and on the porch through Thanksgiving. Then on Friday, the pumpkins go out into the field for wildlife to feast on while I get my decorations out.

      And I buy more and more gifts online, as to not feel the Christmas song burnout too early!

  10. Dragonlady sakura says:

    Not going to lie, I put my tree and decorations up the day after Thanksgiving. I love Christmas!

    • lucy2 says:

      That’s the best time to do it – many people have the day off from work, it’s usually not too brutally cold, and then it’s done and enjoyable for the season.

  11. Mgsota says:

    I saw this meme last year:

    No one is skipping Thanksgiving. Here’s how it goes:
    Oct 1 – Oct 31: Halloween
    Nov 1 – Nov 27th: Christmas
    Nov 28th : Thanksgiving
    Nov 29th – Dec 25th : Christmas

    I’m okay with this schedule! Lol. I don’t put my tree up until after Thanksgiving but I’ll probably start listening to a Christmas music and watching Christmas movies, doing Christmas-y type things…starting now!

  12. perplexed says:

    I think November 1 became the start of the Holiday Season a long time ago.

    Although I don’t feel there is a right or wrong answer to this question.

  13. IMUCU says:

    I like the video, it’s cute, and I love Christmas stuff ( or most holiday-related stuff in general). My spouse manages a year-round Christmas store, and the customers really start coming in September. Of course it’s the most busy November to December. Yesterday was actually extremely busy for them he said, which was unusual for Halloween. I do love Christmas music though & always look forward to when it starts playing on the radio, but don’t listen to it until then, unless we’re vetting new Christmas music for the store, lol. When we went to get ourselves a Halloween treat last night, at the frozen custard place, the cashier said “Tomorrow it’s Thanksgiving!” Which is how it is at home for us: we take it a holiday at a time, so next up is Thanksgiving decor!

  14. Starkiller says:

    It’s pretty much only Americans who think Christmas doesn’t start until after Thanksgiving, because thanksgiving isn’t celebrated anywhere else. In London and Paris you will already see Christmas decorations going up.

  15. Kath says:

    NO! November is for Thanksgiving. Christmas starts December 1st. Christmas is supposed to last past December 25th but because everyone starts so early now decorations come down the 26th. I personally find it to be corporate BS.

    • InVain says:


    • Genessee says:

      Only in the U.S. though. My family doesn’t celebrate Thanksgiving (and never really adopted it anyway) so we are now officially in Christmas mode! 🙂 Heck, we’re putting up our window Xmas lights on tonight. Decor hunting starts in a week or two. Actual tree goes up last week of November. 🙂

  16. Kt says:

    Well it is the day I change my ring tone to “ All I Want for Christmas” so…..

  17. InVain says:

    I’m all for decorating and celebrating Christmas AFTER Thanksgiving (and my birthday on the 27th). I really love the fall season and enjoy all things Halloween and Thanksgiving-related (and X-Mas)…but for me, each has its own dedicated months. Retail Christmas creeps earlier and earlier every single year…I’m shopping for Halloween candy amongst seven aisles of Christmas decor. No thanks. I’m in the process of trying to find the right table cloth for hosting T-day…it’s been difficult because stores glossed over that decor in favor of Christmas. Whatever. $$$.

  18. Faithmobile says:

    I am a wood toy maker so I start preparing for Christmas in September. This week I am filling the workshop with sawdust as I make dozens of nativity sets, and dollhouses. I’m excited for others to be on the same page as me, but we won’t be decorating until after thanksgiving.

  19. Gina says:

    Too soon!!
    My vote is Dec 1 for the start of the Christmas season.

  20. SJR says:

    Well, my local shopping mall already has the Xmas decorations up and holiday merch ready to go.
    I do not enjoy all the Xmas hoopla. I buy gifts for others, I do not decorate .
    MC has had some of her biggest hits be her Xmas music, she has always been into it.

  21. Bosandi says:

    Well she’s not wrong. Lifetime has been running Christmas movies for 2 weeks. Gawd.

  22. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    The holiday season for me starts with Halloween lol. Each is fun and full of food. Grazing tables out the wazoo.

  23. BANANIE says:

    When I was home in Texas in September I got cut off by someone with a giant fake Christmas tree in a box sticking out of their trunk. So of course I’ll admit to a little spite because of their reckless driving but that was TOO SOON.

    That’s a lot earlier than we’re talking here, though. I want the holidays to last as long as possible – for each of them to. It’s a rush to start Christmas before Thanksgiving. But at the same time it’s not as if there are a bunch of legit Thanksgiving “decorations” out there, unless you want your front steps overflowing with squash.

    It’s decorative gourd season, motherf***ers!

  24. Bella Mama says:

    Yes, she is wrong. Christmas season starts 12:00:01 AM the day after Thanksgiving.
    STAAAAHP rushing things dammit

  25. Kristen says:

    Ugh – black Fri is the start for me. Even then, and I love XMAS, but even then I am so sick of XMAS by the time it arrives. Strangled by the commercialization of it all. So 2 mos? No. I really loved when ppl just looked forward to Thanksgiving without any of the XMAS hysteria in the way.

  26. Summer says:

    Okay, I have thoughts. Yes, the Christmas decorating season in America historically begins the day after Thanksgiving. BUT, as our society becomes more obsessed with seasonal aesthetics, and as stores roll out Christmas earlier, it makes sense that we are shifting to an earlier start date. So Halloween transitions into Christmas Lite, with full-on Christmas beginning the day after Thanksgiving. And I’m all for it.

    Why? Because fall and Halloween decorating has shifted, as well, so the fall season can last 2-3 months. And ain’t nobody putting Christmas in the corner with a measly 4-5 weeks to shine. So I like to put up hints of Christmas in mid-November and then use the long Thanksgiving weekend to fully decorate. Thanksgiving’s themes of gratitude and community match better with Christmas than Halloween in my opinion. Bonus: it helps me get my shopping done sooner!

  27. Noely says:

    My country doesn’t have Thanksgiving. I agree with her tbh, putting candles on the graves of our late loved ones on November 1st was always the start of Christmas season for me.

    I can’t wait for my favorite Christmas TV series from my childhood being on air again!

  28. L says:

    Wanna know one of the best parts about being Canadian……… Our Thanksgiving is in October so we can totally go all in for Christmas Nov 1!!!

  29. Lilou says:

    I heard a veteran in an interview saying that people starting to celebrate the xmas holidays on november 1st was saddening to them. He asked that we waited until the day after remembrance day which I thought made sense and would be more sensitive to them. So November 12 it is for me.

  30. GreenTurtle says:

    OMG, happy Kaiser is giving me life! More posts on stuff you’re giddy about, please. That was a fun palate-cleanser to the f*ckery.

  31. Bread and Circuses says:

    Based on when the stores start putting out Christmas wares, Nov 1st is definitely the start of the season. (I’m Canadian; our Thanksgiving happened last month, so we don’t get that as a buffer.)

    I literally had to yoink my half-price Halloween candy off the shelf this evening over the shoulder of the shelf-stocker who was replacing it with Christmas candy. And that was at the second store I checked, because the first one had already spirited it all away in favour of tinsel.

  32. ME says:

    I just don’t understand how Christmas has become a two month long ordeal. For those of us who don’t celebrate it is so annoying to have to deal with this for two whole months. I know stores do it to get people in the “spending money on gifts” mood but wow it’s just ridiculous.