Opinion: Christmas Music Has a Time Frame

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Leah Howell, in front of her families Christmas tree with Christmas music

by Leah Howell, Reporter

It seems to me that Christmas music is being played earlier and earlier every year. I personally consider the Christmas/ Holiday season to be after Thanksgiving. But due to the Christmas Creep, some businesses start playing seasonal music as soon as the first day of November.  

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I enjoy listening to Christmas music, but only after the Thanksgiving holiday comes to an end. To me, it doesn’t make sense. Why would you begin to listen to Christmas music, then take a break for Thanksgiving, and go back to playing Christmas music and celebrate again? Whereas, you finish Halloween, enjoy fall and Thanksgiving while building anticipation for Christmas, and then finally celebrate and play Christmas music. 

When it comes to the Christmas music specifically it just becomes stressful and annoying if you listen to it for too long. I know that for me, hearing Christmas music in November can start to stress me out because it signals the end of the year, testing before winter break, and buying gifts.  

Part of Christmas music is to have fun and enjoy getting into the holidays. When the music is played for only three to four weeks, it can remain joyful rather than becoming annoying and repetitive. Waiting to play it also helps build the anticipation for Christmas. 

Whether or not you enjoy Christmas music before or after Thanksgiving it is an enjoyable genre of music, even if it seems I am a total Scrooge when it comes to when Christmas music should be played, I enjoy it just as much as other people. Just in more moderation and a way to build anticipation. 

After all, the famous song title is “Twelve Days of Christmas” not the 12 weeks of Christmas, but maybe we can settle for five weeks.