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Stop Premature Christmas Music

Samuel Murphy, Staff Reporter

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The time of year to “Rock Around the Christmas Tree,” “Let it Snow” and to wish someone a “Feliz Navidad” is just around the corner. However, the most wonderful time of the year isn’t here quite yet.

That’s right folks, we’re all in that sweet spot between Halloween and Thanksgiving, where everyone is debating on when the right time to start playing Christmas music is. Some will say right after Halloween is the time, others will wait until after Thanksgiving, and some will even say we shouldn’t start until December.

Everyone has their right to choose their own time to start, but if it’s any time before Thanksgiving, they’re wrong.

Call me Scrooge, call me a debbie-downer, call me whatever you want. Christmas music does not need to be played for the two months between Halloween and Christmas — it should only be played during Christmas season.

Christmas season does not begin before Thanksgiving. It begins the moment the first doors open and the image of capitalism personified — also known as Black Friday. After those doors open, “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” can play on repeat to drown out the sound of grown adults fighting over the last Playstation or Xbox at Best Buy.

Now, I’m not a hater of Christmas music by any stretch. Certain Christmas songs are absolute classics. Mariah Carey’s, “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” is no doubt the most popular Christmas song of all-time and Pentatonix making sweet magic with their voices will always be a delight to listen to around Christmas time.

The main issue is the lack of songs to choose from. There are probably 50 good Christmas songs that are all just sang and covered by different artists with their own slight twist.

It’s baffling how any sane person could listen to the same songs – being sang in different ways – for a two month time period. That’s why the one month time frame between Thanksgiving and Christmas is the perfect length to rock out before you get tired of listening to same songs over and over.

Christmas music can even have a negative effect on your psyche. According to Linda Blair, a clinical psychologist in Great Britain, listening to Christmas music too early may trigger feelings of stress. It can also affect those who work in places where Christmas music is played because hearing the same songs over and over makes it harder to tune out.

An article on musicradiocreative.com, suggests that most radio stations in the U.S. wait until the day after Thanksgiving to start playing around-the-clock Christmas music. Radio stations in the U.K. will mostly wait until Dec. 1 to start playing it.

Buzzfeed ran a poll on their website on when the right time to start listening should be. With about 35,000 voters taking part in the poll, the majority of voters (40 percent) wait until the day after Thanksgiving and second place in the poll (22 percent)  was waiting until Dec. 1.

WTKR, a TV news station in North Carolina, also ran a week long poll to allow their readers and viewers to give their input on the debate. The poll winner, by a long shot, was the “After Thanksgiving” selection with 60 percent of the vote. The next most selected in the poll was in favor of no Christmas music at all – but that is a preposterous idea.

My stance will remain the same. Even though I don’t agree with listening to Christmas music before Thanksgiving, that doesn’t mean I haven’t started my preparation. My playlist is loaded up on Spotify and the Christmas music station is already preset in my car.

I advise you to do the same so the moment the clock strikes midnight on Thanksgiving, you can start jamming to your favorite Christmas bangers during “the most wonderful time of the year,” without them seeming overplayed.

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