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Time to Turn Off the Holiday Music

story_1_decHoliday music; some play it all year round, and some get annoyed by it even during the holiday season. Many, like Emely Morales, believe that holiday music can be played all year round, and July would be the appropriate time to start listening and start celebrating.  Others, like Jarrett Nelson, feel that holiday music does not belong until December 1st and must be stopped playing by December 31st leaving the celebrating solely to that one month.

Even though most songs during the holidays are over played, some classics never get old.  At the top of the list, from the Odyssey in an article written by Anne McLean, , claims that “you can not escape” All I Want for Christmas is You by Mariah Carey.  The list even offers a classic from 1965, Winter Wonderland by Burl Ives, saying that “the lyrics are very easy to remember” as you’re often tempted to sing “walken in a winter wonderland”.

Since the holiday classics seem to pop up in every store the day after thanksgiving and even before, the songs get pretty annoying after a while.  Some may just describe this as a lack of holiday spirit or even the lack of happiness in one’s life, but to many people holiday music is way overplayed and should be deduced in playing time.  

As a someone who enjoys holiday music and listens to it all year long, Emely Morales states she “lives for holiday music” and that an appropriate time to start celebrating should start in July.  Emely Morales even has a holiday playlist that features enough songs for 42 hours and 52 minutes.  

Although Emely really likes holiday music and states that it is okay to be listened to all year round, she also states that she will not voluntarily play the music during summer, but if it were to come on or if someone were to play it, she would not object and would jam out to the song.  Unlike Emely, people who hear holiday music during the summer, are not as chill with it, and instead turn off the music.

On the other hand there are people who say holiday music is overplayed even in the acceptable month of December, and that they do not lack spirit, but just lack the patience to listen to a holiday song five times a day for 31 days, and if played all year round, could not listen to the same music for 365 days a year.

I feel that maybe the top 5 or 10 songs on people’s playlist may be okay only if they are not over played and listened to just before the holidays. At the top of Mr. Ortega’s list is A Charlie Brown Christmas, and the top of Emely’s is Blue Christmas, produced in 1968 by Elvis Presley.  These songs are classics, and classics are claimed to never get old, but the typical playing time of holiday songs is five times a day during the appropriate seasonal times says Anne McLean, and five times a day for 31 days can make any song get annoying.

I personally never see the need for holiday music. It is okay to be played on the eve to the holiday you celebrate and on the days you celebrate your holiday, but I will listen to normal, year round, non holiday music up until the eve of the holiday.  But like Emely, if someone were to play a holiday song, I would not object and I would just listen.  If the music is played anytime outside the month of december on the other hand, it only causes frustration and annoyance.

I do not consider people who do not listen to holiday music as less spirited.  I know most holiday song lyrics, and I love the holiday season, the best part being giving the gifts I bought for people, but holiday music is something the holidays can do without.

Also, since people play other holiday music during Thanksgiving, the Thanksgiving holiday is almost forgotten about until the day of the feast. Why not have songs for Thanksgiving be as widely popular as those for the winter holidays?  Maybe that would lead to winter holiday music being less overplayed.

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