Opinion: When Is the Right Time for Christmas Music?


By Ella Lindemann, Features Editor

Christmas music is like pie. If you eat too much of it too often, it’s not as exciting anymore. Not to sound like that one grumpy uncle at Thanksgiving (or in my case, my dad) but, the prime time to start listening to Christmas music is after Thanksgiving…hear me out, if you’re anything like me, you will get tired of the jolly Christmas days before Christmas even starts.

I’ll admit that I do listen to the occasional Micheal Bublé Christmas album in July, but I try to limit myself to at least three Christmas songs a month, not including December, of course.

Over the past 3 years, I have made the mistake of starting to listen to Christmas music after Halloween. This, of course, led me to what I am going to call Christmas music burnout. By Dec. 20th, I turn into the human version of the Grinch.

This year I have waited until the day after Thanksgiving to listen to Christmas music. I like to vary my Christmas playlists each day. I have a Christmas classical jazz playlist, a Micheal Bublé’s album (of course), a Christmas pop (a lot of Justin Bieber) and then some good old Christmas hymns.

I am so prepared to be overly enthusiastic about everything Christmas that Santa won’t know what hit him. Actually, it’s me, I hit him and probably with the Alvin and the Chipmunks “Christmas with the Chipmunks” album.

I think for people who enjoy and celebrate Christmas, Thanksgiving is often overshadowed by Christmas. I feel bad for Thanksgiving and feel like we should be a little more grateful for it. See what I did there? The only lame thing about Thanksgiving is it doesn’t have its own genre of music like Christmas.

Winter holidays are meant to be celebrated with people you love. For some, that’s their family, and for others it’s their friends, but no matter who, it’s about spending time and cherishing each other’s company. The reason why I love Christmas music so much is because it reminds me of that feeling of being surrounded by people I love and those who love me back.

Christmas music magic works best when it’s cold outside and you’re with all of those people. So listen to Christmas music when snow isn’t in the forecast or after the new year has started. But know that maybe it’s better during the actual holidays because you’re making special memories right along with it.

If you start to listen to Christmas music before Thanksgiving “Yule” be sorry and to that, I say “Happy Christmas to all and to all a good night”!