November 11th, 2019 ~ Vol. 89 No. 45
Simply Selles by David Selles
David Selles
Pass Herald Reporter
I don’t know about you, but when it comes to seeing Christmas stuff before Remembrance Day, a part of me rages inside.

You can trust me when I tell you Christmas is probably the biggest time of year for me but I still feel it’s extremely important to hold off on the celebrations until after November 11th.

While I was scrolling through channels for something to watch, I saw that the W network already has Christmas Movies playing pretty much 24/7.

I’ve also seen previews for a Christmas movie that comes out in theaters on November 8th.

The way I see it, we already don’t celebrate our veterans enough the way it is so why should we start celebrating something that’s a month and a half away before celebrating the people who gave us the chance to celebrate freely?
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It just doesn’t make sense to me.

My mom LOVES Christmas.

Now that her kids have mostly moved out and she only gets summer and Christmas to see all of us, it’s become even bigger for her.

My mom also has set decorations for every season and holiday in our house and when it comes to Christmas, there isn’t a coffee table, ledge or wall that doesn’t have something Christmas related on it and I love that.

But the thing I love most about those decorations is that you can’t catch a peak of them until after Remembrance Day.

In high school, one of my regular assignments was to do write on current events happening in the world.
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This was a bi-weekly occurrence in my Social Studies class and it wasn’t the most glamorous assignment out there.

It could get pretty boring and I know a lot of my fellow classmates didn’t bother completing most of them.

As an incentive to raise their marks, my social studies teacher would give us a free bee if we attended a Remembrance Day ceremony.

While I didn’t feel any of my classmates should need a reason to go, it worked and got large portions of my class to attend services.

Ever since I can remember, I’ve stood outside the cenotaph in downtown Lethbridge no matter how cold it was with my parents and siblings beside me.

It’s something we take pride in being able to do together.

I find we too easily forget what our lives could look like if we didn’t have the freedom that was fought for us today.

Our lives could be incredibly different and far less enjoyable if it wasn’t for the people who fought to keep us free.

Let’s make sure that we hold off on our love for Christmas and take some time to remember the lives taken at the cost of freedom.

The least we can do is give them a day because they gave us their lives.
November 11th, 2019 ~ Vol. 89 No. 45
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