PERSPECTIVES: Is November too early for Christmas music?

Illustration by Maia Rose Wiederhold

November is not the time for Christmas music

By Ryan Reichard, reporter.

Every year on Nov. 1 people eagerly begin to anticipate the holiday season with an almost obnoxious enthusiasm. The Halloween decorations are taken down and replaced with Christmas decorations. Perhaps the most egregious aspect to come along with the switching of decorations is the music that coincides with their arrival.

I’m not saying that I despise Christmas music, quite the contrary. I’ll be the first one blaring “All I Want For Christmas Is You” come Dec. 1. However, that is, on Dec. 1 not Nov. 1. The Christmas seasons doesn’t officially begin until December.

The whole month of November gets overshadowed as if its only recognition is as pre-December. Christmas decorations are put up and Christmas music is played. Every aspect of November gets overshadowed by December. I go into the store — Christmas music is playing. I turn on the radio — Christmas music is playing. It is inescapable! I’m not a Scrooge, but it would be nice to enjoy the month before Christmas.

Every year it begins earlier and earlier. The Halloween tunes are shuffled off the radio at night and then early in the morning they are replaced with season classics. For two whole months, I hear the same songs on the radio. All day. Everyday.

Hearing Christmas music a month in advance takes the wonder out of the holiday. Instead of enjoying the songs as I hear them, it becomes similar to beating a dead horse. I appreciate it more in December, because I know that the time I can listen to it is fleeting. If I have access to it for a month in advance, I appreciate it less.

Everyone begins to forget about Thanksgiving and focuses solely on Christmas. I want to enjoy stuffing my face so full I can barely move and not have to listen to Christmas music while doing it. I don’t want “Jingle Bells” — I want more stuffing. I can wait from “Last Christmas” until this one, but I can’t wait for dessert. I won’t be asking “Where Are You Christmas,” but I will be asking where the mashed potatoes are.

It becomes insufferable, especially when the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is on and the acts that are in it begin to sing holiday tunes. I know Thanksgiving doesn’t have music for itself, but that doesn’t mean we go and push Christmas music on it.

Christmas music should not be allowed until the gravy is gone. It’s time to take November back and let it sing for itself. It’s time for No Christmas Music November.

It’s never too early for a little Christmas spirit

By Kelly Winters, multimedia reporter

Alas! Halloween is over. Everyone has hung up their costumes and winter is just around the corner. ‘Tis the season to break out the Christmas music and jingle your bells through every decked hall you can find. It’s finally time to kick off the most wonderful time of the year!

This may be the case for many, however some disagree. People far and wide have been debating when the correct time for Christmas music is, and I think it’s time to put our differences aside and take a logical look at all of the evidence.

First and foremost, those who hate on Christmas music being played in November argue that it takes away from Thanksgiving. A valid argument, but what I have to say to that is this: If you don’t want Christmas music to be played during Thanksgiving, then find me some top-tier Thanksgiving bangers.

Who’s gonna be the first artist to drop the greatest hit of the thanksgiving season “Drumstick Boy?” Where is my Thanksgiving rendition of “Let It Flow! Let It Flow! Let It Flow! (Gravy edition)?” When is “All I want for Thanksgiving is Food” dropping? Questions that I want answered before another person tells me that Christmas music shouldn’t be being played as soon as the clock strikes midnight on Nov. 1.

I believe that Christmas music doesn’t taint the month of November or the spirit of Thanksgiving by any means. Rather than distract from it, Christian music enhances it. Sure, Christmas music may not share the same themes celebrated on Thanksgiving, but rather than take away from the holiday, it adds an overall jolly tone to a person’s mood and helps further prepare them for the excitement of the entire season: Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years alike.

And for all of the Scrooges that disagree, I hope that you all have a fun time carving your turkeys and baking your green bean casseroles in silence since you refuse to accept the anthems of the season.

People want to be festive and there’s nothing much you can do to change that. As I stated above, the medium point that (seemingly) would make everyone happy would be to release some catchy, modern, Thanksgiving-themed music. For everything that Thanksgiving stands for, it’s about time that the holiday gets its own mixtape, at the very least!

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