Christmas Music Gone Too Soon

Kelly Wesolowski , Reporter

We all know how it goes. As soon as November rolls around, we begin to hear the festive holiday music on the radio. I’m just not ready to hear about Rudolph or Silver Bells until at least Thanksgiving. Seriously, there is no reason to drill the Christmas season into our heads that early.

That being said, once we are well into the holiday season, constantly surrounded by Santa’s face, Frosty the Snowman, and other Christmas characters, I’m all for it. I love Christmas music, that is, when the time is right. This means, starting the holiday tunes at an appropriate time and putting them to closure at the appropriate time.

“I think that [Christmas music] should start being played at Thanksgiving dinner and continue until New Year’s Eve,” Tony Cabral (’17) said. “Stopping the Christmas spirit the day after Christmas, the withdrawal is too hard for people.”

Other than the fact that radio stations begin to play Christmas music far too early, they end it far too soon as well. I’ll turn on 101.9 on November 10 and hear holiday tunes all day long, but when I listen to the same station on December 26, I’ll hear the normal everyday songs by Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber. No more holiday festivities. The Christmas music should continue to be on the radio until at least after New Year’s.

Kelly Shearer (’18) agrees that the holiday music should carry out after Christmas day.

“I believe starting Christmas music on Thanksgiving would be best, like when you’re watching the parade, you can blast the music,” Shearer (’18) said. “It should stop being played when the month of December and New Year’s are over.”

 

Without the music on the radio and in the stores on the Dec. 26, the day after Christmas is simply depressing. All this buildup of excitement and the anticipation for the actual day (December 25), becomes dead the day after. Even up until News Year’s, people keep up their Christmas trees and decorations and it is obviously still the holiday season. With this in mind, radio stations and the general public should continue to play or listen to the holiday tunes, rather than putting it to an end the day right after Christmas. If the media and stores these days want to promote the holiday season so much by starting to play Christmas music early, then why not continue to play it a while after Christmas as well? It doesn’t make sense.

However, it seems to make sense to some.

“It’s all about the hype and getting in the Christmas spirit,” Kaleigh Brown (’17) said. “Once Christmas is over, all the excitement is gone so there’s really no reason to continuing playing the holiday tunes.”

Yes, playing Christmas early before the holiday season is all about getting people hyped up for the holidays, but once Christmas day is over, that buildup of excitement should still be present for New Year’s Eve. The only reason this “hype” might seem to disappear is because of the Christmas music not being on the radio anymore.

Hannah Ace (’17), who is a Christmas fanatic agrees that once Christmas day is over, the celebrations are over.

“”I listen to Christmas music in March on Pandora, I love it,” Ace (’17) said. “But, when Christmas is over that’s kind of it. If you want to listen to it yourself still you can, but the buildup to Christmas is the best part in my opinion, and once Christmas is over, I’m done listening to that type of music for like a month.”