The arrival of the year-end holidays can be a welcome moment for most Americans. Unless you don’t have positive associations with them for some reason, most Americans view the Thanksgiving-to-New Year’s stretch as an exciting time to decompress with family and friends. We may attend special parties, church services, or family reunions that only occur at this time of year, bringing around the warm-fuzzies just the way Hallmark drew it up.
Sports are part-and-parcel with those warm-fuzzies, riding in Santa’s sidecar on the way to holiday joyland. When you think about it, all sports fans associate the holidays with watching sports in one way or another. But to what extent do we view sports as the reason for the season? Do we anticipate these holidays for the actual celebrations they’re meant to revisit, or do we see holidays primarily as vessels for special sporting events?