OPINION: Don’t play Christmas music until after Thanksgiving

Holiday music has its own time, place; absolute earliest it should be played is Thanksgiving week



Christmas music just keeps creeping up on us — and it just doesn’t seem right.

MADELINE GREER, Evergreen columnist

During the last few months of the year, many people refer to this time as the holiday season. We celebrate the spookiness of Halloween, eat a feast at Thanksgiving, and rejoice with the season of giving with Christmas during December.

During my latest trip to the grocery store, I started to hear holiday music over the store’s speaker. In my mind, I was thinking Halloween happened less than a week ago, and they have already started playing holiday music. I feel like there has always been some sort of debate for when the most appropriate and reasonable time is to start playing those holly jolly tunes. Personally, I like to take one holiday at a time, and we should wait until the day after Thanksgiving to start playing holiday songs.

Merritt Brenneman, sophomore political science major, said December is the acceptable month to start hearing holiday music.

“[When] December first comes around I’ll be pumped to hear the holiday tunes,” Brenneman said.

The day after Halloween, I saw posts all over social media that were poking fun at people starting to get into the holiday spirit by putting up lights, drinking hot cocoa, and hearing Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You.” The snow has already fallen a few times within the last few weeks, and I support the drinking of hot chocolate. However, let’s not start decking the halls with boughs of holly quite yet.

Kate Agbayani, KUGR productions director and broadcast production major, said the best time for holiday music is the end of November to the beginning of December.

“I feel like any time before then seems a little weird,” Agbayani said. “I don’t hate Christmas music, I enjoy it, but I don’t think I would fully want it playing all the time until December or late November.”

I very much enjoy holiday music and once Thanksgiving is over my car radio is set on it until Dec. 26. From now until Thanksgiving Day, I’ll try my best to avoid my holiday tunes playlist and stick to the best hits from 2012.

Not every store or radio station has started playing classic carols because maybe they noticed a lot of people are not quite ready to start listening to it 24/7. Though the music may not be blasting through the speakers, stores have started pricing unsold Halloween candy at ridiculously low prices and broke out the wintry theme chocolates on Nov. 1. I guess that is a bonus to celebrating Christmas so early.

Agbayani said she has heard the occasional Christmas tune in a commercial and has seen places starting to put up decorations but has not heard any music.

As the chilly temperatures continue to sink into the area, many of us are starting to get into the holiday spirit. The holidays bring cheer and happiness to many people and especially during this crazy year we have all experienced. Starting to celebrate earlier makes people feel more joyous.

I think putting up lights and decorations is fine and if you want to play Jingle Bells in your home, go for it. When a store or the radio plays a Christmas tune during the first week of November while I am still eating Halloween candy, I tell myself it’s not quite yet beginning to look like Christmas.