Christmas is my favorite holiday. I love houses doused in bright lights and the smell of fresh pine. Unfortunately, the day after Thanksgiving means quite a few headaches from the ubiquitous Christmas music. I feel that Thanksgiving and Christmas aren’t given the separation they deserve, therefore negating the Thanksgiving experience. This year, I’ve even heard a few Christmas songs before Thanksgiving! As I’ve been told, it’s to “Get everyone in the spirit of Christmas,” but I can’t but disagree with this intention. Let's give some respect to the turkey. Can’t the radio stations at least wait until my stuffing has digested?
I don’t completely hate Christmas music, but the select few Christmas songs played over and over again make me want to hate it. I’ve tried to understand the loyalty some people have for the music—I really have, but I just end up sporting a headache. In some small way, however, I do recognize why it is so dearly loved. It signifies a new season, and the joy of Christmas. It brings thoughts of family, food, and presents. It’s a traditional Christmas pastime. In fact, I think I would love Christmas music, if only I could stand listening to it. I do love a good rendition of Silent Night on Christmas Eve, but I’m just about done after that.
Maybe it’s the repetitive beat, or the hundreds of artists who sing the same song, or even the lack of variety on radio stations that I have an aversion to. For one reason or another, I am not the biggest fan of Christmas music.
Written by Hayley Petersen