Christmas Controversies

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The great debate: colored or white lights?

White or Colored Lights?

As the winter season arrives, we are reminded that nothing signifies holiday comfort and cheer like a beautiful display of Christmas lights. Families and friends prepare for the annual great debate: multicolored or white lights? According to Ignatius students, it is easy to conclude that multicolored lights are simply the better option. 

 Edward H. Johnson, the Father of Electric Christmas Tree Lights, intended for his lights to be multicolored. He developed small red, white, and blue lights for his own tree. In 1985, over a hundred multicolored lights made an appearance on the White House Christmas tree, and after this momentous event, people across the country were inspired to follow the trend of using colored lights. The creator’s colorful original design and hard work should be respected. 

All student participants in an informal survey preferred multicolored lights, and emphasized how colored ones put them in the Christmas spirit and reminded them of the holiday season more than white lights. Regardless of your opinions on the multicolored vs. white lights debate, seeing past disagreements about decorations can let the magic of the season shine through ( preferably in color). 

Star or Angel on top of the Tree?

Without question, the finishing touch to the Christmas tree is the topper, but the ongoing debate revolves around whether it should be the angel or the star. Both tree toppers celebrate the arrival of Jesus with the angel representing the Angel Gabriel and the star symbolizing the Star of Bethlehem. 

During the 1800s in Europe, the tradition of placing a special ornament at the top of the tree became popular, especially in Germany and England. The angel was the most popular for the time because it showcased how the angels flew above the nativity scene. Later, the star became prominent because it focused on the light of Jesus, especially during the darkness of the winter solstice. 

Today, families continue this custom. Retailers provide a huge selection of toppers, including some with elaborate lights. At Macy’s online Christmas tree shop, only one of the 40 tree topper offerings did not feature a star or angel, and the star options were more than double the angel designs. Whether faced with the decision to place an angel or a star as the centerpiece of the tree, people know they are honoring the birth of Jesus with either choice.

Milk or Water in your Hot Chocolate?

There’s nothing better than a glass of hot chocolate to get into the holiday spirit, but many people feel strongly about whether this holiday beverage should be made with water or with milk. Adding water to your hot chocolate is very convenient, and allows the powder to dissolve smoothly. However, the water may dilute the hot chocolate’s flavor – it’ll just taste like a weak liquid chocolate bar!

Milk makes the drink much more rich and complements the hot chocolate’s flavor much better than water. However, a sticky film called lactoderm can develop on the hot chocolate and gives it an unpleasant texture. 

Both milk and water have their strengths and weaknesses when it comes to making the perfect cup of cocoa, but either method can be enjoyed depending on the hot chocolate’s taste and the skill of the person making it.

Christmas Music Before or After Thanksgiving?

With the holiday season in full swing, you have most likely already heard some holiday music to brighten your spirits. With Christmas music comes the age-old controversy: is it acceptable to begin listening to Christmas music before or after Thanksgiving?

Many say that the Christmas season does not start until the day after Thanksgiving, or even until the first day of December and, therefore, Christmas music should not be celebrated until then. They believe this music should be saved for the holiday season in order to keep the festive spirits exclusive to the Christmas season. 

To this I ask, why limit such incredible music to such a short time of year? Christmas music is meant to put everyone in a happy mood, which should not be exclusive to just one month. Who’s to say that we can’t listen to Christmas music whenever we want? Personally, Michael Bublé and Mariah Carey never fail to brighten my day, no matter the season. 

Because Christmas is such an incredible and special holiday, I prefer to prolong the joyous season as much as possibleI and listening to Christmas music early is the best way to do just that.

Whether you prefer to rock around the Christmas tree any time of year or only during the holiday season, our favorite Christmas classics will never fail to lift our spirits.

Real or Fake Tree?

Now that the holiday season has officially begun, Christmas trees are being put up in countless households around the world. Some families like to get their Christmas trees from tree farms while others prefer artificial trees. Let’s consider the pros and cons for each tree to ensure a great holiday for you and your family!

On the world stage, real Christmas trees are clearly favored; grandiose trees and the traditions surrounding them are known around the world. Families can partake in this tradition by making a memorable experience out of selecting the perfect tree. Some families drive hours to the same Christmas tree farm every year, while others cut them down in their backyard. No matter the method of procurement, finding the perfect real tree is a moment that sticks in one’s mind forever. 

Real Christmas trees are also beneficial for the environment because Christmas trees are typically planted in soil that is unfit for crops and often get recycled when the holiday season is over. Tree farms also give hundreds of thousands of people work during the Christmas season. 

However, for people with allergies, real Christmas trees can trigger allergic reactions. They may also be difficult to transport and dispose of, and some apartment buildings, office buildings, schools, and churches don’t allow real trees.

On the other hand, artificial Christmas trees are the more convenient alternative. For people who may have allergies or may be unable to transport or dispose of trees, artificial trees are an excellent solution. The average artificial tree can last seven to nine years, which is far less expensive than paying for a real tree every year. They are also easy to set up and owners don’t have to worry about tree maintenance! However, artificial Christmas trees are bad for the environment; they are made with harmful chemicals, contribute to carbon emissions during shipping, and will eventually end up in landfills.

As your families celebrate this Christmas, make sure to look into what tree fits you best. No matter what you end up picking, the memories made with Christmas trees are limitless!