Do you have early-on set Christmas spirit?
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Published in the October 26, 2017 issue of The Bells
‘Tis the season… except that no, it’s not. One of
the worst transitions that happens all year generally occurs around this time: early-onset Christmas. Halloween has yet to happen, and Thanksgiving is still weeks away, so there should be no appearance of Christmas music. Somehow the phenomenon occurs in the same way each year. It starts with one or two mentions of Christmas in a commercial or a magazine, and suddenly despite two other holidays between now and then, everyone is in the throes of festive cheer. It seems like an innocent mistake to make, but what real ramifications does it have to start playing “Holly Jolly Christmas” and Michael Bublé’s Christmas album too early? For me personally, it causes a good deal of resentment toward the music. It would be fine if it were simply for the month or so between Thanksgiving and Christmas, but it never stays within that constraint. It goes from a novelty thing, something fun and cheery, to something that simply comes off as obnoxious and overdone. It creates stress that doesn’t need to occur. The easiest fix to this problem is to just keep “Jingle Bells” put away until AFTER Thanksgiving. A month’s worth of the holiday spirit is plenty.
The majority of Christmas music is not about the birth of Jesus Christ anyway. If that were the goal, it would be so much easier to support it. There is plenty of other gospel music to enjoy leading up to the actual Christmas season. When the majority of the music is about presents and candy and coming up with all of the hokey traditional ways of cuddling up to someone, it becomes nearly impossible to support more than a month of the endless drivel that is contemporary Christmas music. Even Rudolph and his red nose become annoying when the song gets overplayed. So just calm down, everyone. “Frosty the Snowman” will still be waiting for you come late November. The temperature is more likely to be at the right place for “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” and “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Clause” will be slightly less horrifying since it’s actually being played during the right season. There is a time and a place for everything, and since place is up to the discretion of the people, please keep the Christmas music in the right time frame.