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What's better: Halloween or Christmas?

With Christmas comes family traditions, gift-giving, and wishes for peace on earth. Although it's a Christian holiday, 8 out of 10 non-Christians in America partake in the festivities. But for some, Halloween is the most wonderful time of year. Halloween is more subversive. Its roots are pagan and offers opportunities for costumes, makeup, and silliness. Also, many find Christmas to be stressful. Which holiday do you prefer? 

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"The most wonderful time of year" is actually one plagued by anxiety. The holiday season brings a lot of pressure. You have to worry about seeing old friends and avoiding certain topics with family members—that is, if you even know where you'll be celebrating. Christmas and Thanksgiving are the loner's nightmare and a huge headache. 

According to Gina Barreca of Psychology Today:

Here's why Halloween is the best holiday: we don't worry about it. Nobody frets about being lonely, abandoned, heartbroken, alienated, or bereft on Halloween. There is about one-one-hundreth as much emotional tension surrounding Halloween as surrounds Valentine's Day, for example, or New Year's Eve.
Few wring their hands, wondering "What if I'm not asked out on the 31st of October? Does that make me a total loser?"
On Halloween you get to wear a REAL mask, a comic one, an obvious one, and not just the emotional one most of us put on for other holidays.
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Sometimes, the sheer magnitude of Christmas traditions have the reverse effect on the holiday.

There is so much less pressure surrounding Halloween: There’s no such thing as a perfect Halloween day, no rules to be followed, set meals to be made, or enforced family gatherings to host. As long as there’s candy and some trick-or-treating for the kids, Halloween will be a success. It’s this lack of idealistic goals and expectations that actually enables us to enjoy the day a whole lot more than we can enjoy Christmas.
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But for some, Christmas will always be the favorite holiday of the year. Everyone knows that person who starts the countdown to Christmas in February....

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Sometimes it comes down to the food associated with each holiday. Sure, Halloween brings Butterfingers, Kit Kats and pumpkin spice lattes, but Christmas comes with cookies, candy canes and peppermint mochas. 

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Halloween comes with its own history. CNN contributor David Frum points out that "Halloween is a holiday with ancient pagan roots, but the modern extravaganza of candy, pumpkins and sexy nurse costumes is as American as the Fourth of July." However, this reclaiming of the holiday holds its own importance.

Frum highlights the resurgence of Halloween in the 1970s in San Francisco's Castro neighborhood:

In the 1970s, that neighborhood emerged as the heart of a new home-owning, bourgeois, coupled gay community. A local variety store had long sponsored a Halloween street festival for kids. In the 1970s, the street festival transitioned into an adult party of lavish costumed theatricality.
The Castro Halloween party spread to other gay neighborhoods in the 1980s: Greenwich Village, West Hollywood, Key West, Florida.
[Halloween] is not just a party. It's an ideal of personal emancipation, self-expression and self-fulfillment -- an ideal that loses none of its power when it takes the form of a sexy nurse's outfit.
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The combination of warm lights, roaring fires, classic movies, and festive music cannot be beat. Some may criticize the commercialization of Christmas, but it has undoubtedly spread the cheer far and wide. And who can complain about that? 

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