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Sorry, Frosty, not yet

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What’s worse?  The never-ending political ads or the arrival of Christmas music on radio stations today?

I love Christmas music. Love, love,  love it! Have scads of it.  Perry. Andy. Elvis. Ella. Dean. Bing.  But I love it when the snow is falling, when I’m wrapping presents, when I’m baking cookies and trimming the tree – not on November 1st.

We haven’t even put a dent in the left-over Halloween candy yet.   At least the political ads will end tomorrow. We’re stuck with this for the next 6 weeks and  if anything could make me feel like the Grinch, this is it.

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  1. John Stanton

    I can tell you what is even worse and it relates to the Christmas season. Seeing my first load of Christmas trees traveling south on I95 through Connecticut.

    J

    • ryoko861

      I saw my first Christmas commercial just a little over a week ago! I’ve been seeing partial Christmas displays going up since the end of September. Each year I’m less inclined to want to enjoy the holiday because I’m so saturated with it months before hand.

      • stuckinmypedals

        I saw my first Christmas commercial a few days ago and was totally gobsmacked. I love Christmas and all it’s trimmings, but I wish the stores would let up on the full court press until after Thanksgiving.

    • As much as I enjoy a real Christmas tree sailing past me on a truck heading down the highway, I’d rather it be after Thanksgiving not before .. thanks for commenting.

  2. paulbeforeswine

    I was in a shopping mall on Saturday (October 30th) and yes they already had Christmas carols playing in the background.

    Who says you need to wait until AFTER Halloween to start with the commercialism?

  3. I know it’s early, but Christmas doesn’t last very long so I will take the early stuff.
    http://www.runtobefit.wordpress.com

    • Runtobefit, I appreciate your comments; I will start my Christmas music around December 1st but if you’re up for it, take the plunge now!!

  4. Funny! I love Christmas music as well, but not looking forward to the endless commercials and advertisements begging us to buy things.

  5. I think it is interesting how we Americans skip right over Thanksgiving and move on to Christmas. To quote one of my favorite Christmas Movies (Charlie Brown) “it’s all give me, give me, give me, get get get.” Or was that from Charlie Browns Thanksgiving ….hmmmm? Love your post.

  6. Some of the stores at King of Prussia Mall (one of the largest in the country) already had Christmas stuff out mid-September. I think that’s wrong and sick. And my mailbox has been FILLED with mailers that go right into recycling since I already know who I am voting for. Good post!
    http://www.denwrites.com

    • Thank you Dennis; I love the decorations, the sparkle & the tinsel. But some of the sparkle wears off when I see it and hear it too soon. Thanks for your comments 🙂

  7. wadingacross

    I have always found the early arrival of Christmas music and Christmas advertisements and decorations quite upsetting. What about Thanksgiving?! It always gets the short shrift, barely a blip between Halloween and Christmas.

    But then, Halloween and Christmas have become advertising and consumer bonanzas. Still, no reason in my book to have Christmas music around until after Thanksgiving.

    • Wadingacross – I agree. What about Thanksgiving? It’s one of my favorites and it gets neglected in the commercial rush … Thank you for commenting.

  8. I agree, we have candy to eat, fall leaves to rake, Thanksgiving to plan. Why, why, why as a society must we always rush? How about living in the moment!

  9. Ahhh…don’t be a Scrooge! 😉

    With the advent of Pandora, my family listens to Christmas music year-round. In fact, we had Halloween dinner this weekend listening to Perry Como and Frank Sinatra crooning Silent Night!

    • I agree with you to some degree. Christmas spirit should be celebrated all year long and I sneak in Christmas tunes and movies sometimes in August. Maybe someone should start writing Thanksgiving carols and we could solve this whole thing. Who couldn’t stand to listen to Perry in November!

    • No worries, Mikalee. I will Christmas-it-up with the best of them, just not yet. Thanks for commenting and happy singing 🙂

    • 🙂 Thank you for introducing me to Pandora … ooh ahh!! And thank you for your comment Em

  10. I couldn’t agree more. One holiday at a time. Christmas deserves to be treated right.

  11. I love Christmas. It’s my favorite time of the year, but not until after I’ve had my Thanksgiving turkey. The day after Thanksgiving is when I officially enter Christmas mode. The tree gets put up that weekend and we start our yearly countdown to Christmas, but Halloween and Thanksgiving need their time in the fall sun as well. So I’ll be waiting until after the belt is loosened.

  12. Thank you all for the posts! I enjoy Christmas music very much and have many favorites .. I’m just not ready to hear it 24/7 so soon. Give me time to put away my Halloween decorations, prepare for and enjoy Thanksgiving and then I’ll be ready to roll in it. What’s the rush? At this rate, Easter decorations will be out in stores on Black Friday!! 🙂

  13. I completely agree with you! I was at a clothing store one of my aunts works at, it was the day before Halloween and guess what they were doing? Taking down the Halloween stuff and putting up the Christmas. I wish we could have at least one holiday free week before getting ready for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

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  15. Bill

    Here in my town several name brand stores had Christmas things on display two weeks ago. Maybe that is why people are finding the season so stresssful. By the time it gets here I am already so sick of it I am delighted to see it go. Not the best way to celebrate Jesus Christ,

    • Bill thank you for your post (and all others, too!) I do think the constant barrage of “be happy/buy this” can wear on people and can create stress where it doesn’t need to be.

  16. Livy Parker

    I’d add a little John Denver to your list, but must admit that the music – and TV specials, store decorations, ads all over the place – come way too early. Over here in canada, a couple xmas ads on TV have spread two weeks ago. Yep, so it’s BEFORE Halloween in some parts of the world…

    • Hi Livy, I grew up in Canada and remember the Sears wish book arriving in late October to shrieks of glee. I don’t mind a few catalogues and such but not 24/7 music on Nov 1st. Happy day and thanks for posting! M

  17. Kelly Hay

    I live in Florida and a couple of years ago, I was out shopping for hurricane supplies in September and the salespeople at Walmart were already putting out Christmas decorations/trees/etc!!!! Now that’s insane!

    This year … not so bad … they actually waited until the week before Halloween to start putting the Christmas items out!

  18. It was annoying me that the Christmas stuff was out with Halloween stuff. The candy canes were distracting me from the candy corn.

    I’m with you on the music. I love it, just not yet.

  19. I completely agree. I too love Christmas music, but these days I tend to be sick of it by the time it’s actually Christmas. Seems to start earlier every year.

    • starts earlier and wears us out. It’s such wonderful music but I don’t want it overplayed… rather take my time and enjoy it. Peace!

  20. That’s one reason I don’t like shopping for household supplies from the end of October through the end of December.

  21. I wonder what would happen if people actually made gifts for others instead of buying stuff. Black Friday scares the crap out of me. Technically that is the first day of the Christmas season if you look at it from the materialistic point of view. I felt the same way about Halloween decorations back in late August being shown on display at the store.

    • I make gifts for all my extended relatives every year! I’ve been doing it since I was a kid, and just kept going in college to avoid spending too much. Now, in my mid-30s, it’s a tradition I don’t want to break! I do still have to spend money on supplies, but usually not too much — not enough to drive a consumer economy, that’s for sure. The biggest challenge these days is coming up with something new and useful to make!

      Oh, and while Christmas is my favorite holiday of all, after years of working in retail I HATE Christmas carols. I can handle them from the 24th-26th, and that’s about it. *smile*

    • Spiral I am with you but am not that crafty. So I buy homemade gifts on Etsy.com and at local craft shows. Thanks for your comments!

  22. sayitinasong

    I absolutely agree- here in the UK, first Christmas cards, decorations etc went on sale at the beginning of October! And easter eggs will go on sale right after Christmas… and I mean January… commercialism gone mad…

  23. I completely agree! I love Christmas music, but refuse to listen to it until the day after Thanksgiving. Then it’s almost all I listen to until the end of December, and then it goes back in storage. If I listen to it year-round, it isn’t quite as special at Christmas-time.

    And I wish we would all focus more on Thanksgiving — it’s really important to be thankful for all the blessings we have, but commercialism tries to cover that up.

  24. Well, I don’t know about anyone else… But I’m dreaming of a White Christmas…Just like the ones I used to know.
    Oh, as a singer I could go on and on…but you get the point! 🙂

    I love Christmas.

    Blessings,

    Ava

    PS Only 57 shopping days left. Just sayin’

    • maybe we can have a wordpress sing-a-long of all our faves? Mine? Silent Night. And “O Come all Ye Faithful” and “Blue Christmas” by Elvis and on and on and on. Love Christmas music, but there’s not enough of it to go 24/7 for 6 weeks. And I dont want to hear the Chipmunks as filler!! Peace! 🙂

  25. To me, Thanksgiving and Christmas are a part of one another. I like to make tha Holidays last as long as I can as they come only once a year!

  26. Christmas has to come early because Santa needs time to get everyones Christmas lists in time to make all those presents. 🙂 Hunter71 http://www.hcrproducts.com

  27. How sad that we let the stores & radios & TV’s TRY to dictate when and how we celebrate OUR Holidays! I say NO! Don’T go for it! Go at your own pace! It’s awful! It is commercialism at its worst! Beat them at their own game, unless you are in the mood, and it’s going to help you get a better price and make your life easier, don’t do it! Wait for the appropriate time. Change the channel, or station!

    evelyngarone.com

  28. I love the entire Christmas season, so I love when the Christmas music starts on the radio! I’ll have to tune in today so my kids can enjoy. 🙂

    stacia222.wordpress.com

  29. I couldn’t agree more! It is too soon. That’s why I propose a new genre of music. Thanksgiving music. Then we don’t have to get too ahead of ourselves with Frosty the Snowman on Nov 1, but rather Carl the Cornucopia.

    M
    http://stopbeingaloser.org

  30. I absolutely love Christmas. It’s my favorite time of the year.

    I was in Wal*Mart yesterday, and I didn’t see one Christmas decoration up yet. Perhaps I was wasn’t looking in the right place, but I’m glad for it. The day after Thanksgiving I too go into full Christmas mode, but I really want my turkey and button busting first. 🙂

  31. Oh no! I’m guilty of this … I actually start listening to xmas music in October 😦

    On the other hand, it would be cool to have Thanksgiving music! What we really need though is to space these holidays out because it’s too much in the fall and Jan-April is BORING and COLD.

    http://playerpianosara.wordpress.com/

    • Charity Froggenhall

      I concur entirely and would like to subscribe to your newsletter!

    • Playerpianosara I understand the attraction to listening to Christmas music early; I’m just opting out so I don’t spoil it for myself later. BTW loved your Cambrige photos .. thanks for commenting!

  32. Ha! I heard Santa Clause talking to me on the radio this morning and I gasped. I think I’ll start taking my ipod with me when I go shopping.

  33. Let’s see, as I gnaw on my Twix bar, I can tell you that today alone I have received calls from Bill Clinton, Sarah Palin, Carl Palladino, Mayor Duffy and Thurmon Thomas. Does anyone REALLY stay on the phone and listen to those ads? Really?

    I am ready for politics to be over, and then we can talk turkey.

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  35. So true! I went to turn on the radio and there it was – Christmas music. Let’s get a little closer to Thanksgiving first!

  36. I don’t know how you guys do it, with such long political campaigns. Our last federal one went for about 6 weeks, and even that was too long! Congrats on being Freshly Pressed today, I was too! Fun, isn’t it! 🙂 Alison

    • Congrats to you as well, great post And yes I did scroll back up to look at Ben again! Voted this morning, and it was just as thrilling this time as it was my first 2 years ago (I’m a new citizen). Thanks for your comments .. M

  37. dougbrowncreative

    Hey Emjay, congrats on getting your post Freshly Pressed. I hear your frustration and share it. In Canada these days the Christmas stuff goes up in October. Maybe because it’s colder up here. We’re sick of Christmas by mid-November.
    You might enjoy this little Christmas rant I penned, channeling Boris Karloff and Dr. Seuss.
    http://copelandcommunications.wordpress.com/2009/10/23/bah/

    • Thank you all for your feedback. It’s been great fun to read everyone’s perspectives & comments. It’s interesting to know that many of us share a common frustration and that there’s also room for those who do enjoy Christmas songs a little earlier. We’re not out to cure a disease; it’s just a rant about holiday tunes and that, my friends, is why I love to blog 🙂 Peace!

    • Hi Dougbrowncreative. I grew up in Sask, Canada and I think that the reason it’s up early could be b/c the Canadian Thanksgiving is in October? I don’t remember it that was as a kid though. Of course, as kids, we just rolled in it and couldn’t wait to get our paws on the Sears Wish book or to practice our Christmas carols for the annual pageant. I love Christmas and will enjoy it all .. but not quite yet. Loved the rant, thanks for sharing! M

  38. Sunflowerdiva

    Yeah, try telling that to the stores. The day after Halloween is when everyone puts up their holiday merchandise. First for Thanksgiving, then for the December holidays. On January 1st Valentines Day decorations go up, and as soon as Valentines is done Easter bounds into windows. Seems like every holiday comes a good month or two early.

  39. My cousin posted a status on facebook today (the day after Halloween) that there were only 55 days until Christmas. Isn’t it a little absurd that we haven’t even celebrated Thanksgiving yet and we’re already counting down to Christmas. “How can you eat your pudding if you don’t eat your meat?”

    • Emilyjuliette – that is so true (pudding vs. meat). I will be wearing my mp3 in the stores and doing most of my shopping online. Thanks for commenting!

  40. I positively agree — I think you’re on to something in this post.

    But what is it precisely that we dislike so much in hearing Christmas music on Nov 1?

    Is it that we’ve been so routinized? So commercialized? And in the spirit of another ‘ize’ word, maybe a little infantilized?

    I think it’s all three. I think that the only thing more dreadful than hearing ‘Grandma got run over a rainbow’ for the 200th time by Christmas Eve, is the thought that we are all living out lives scripted for us by consumer package good and media/entertainment conglomerates.

    It’s positively nauseating, actually.

    I vote for a coup. Let’s perplex our industries. Let’s demand candy corn for Christmas, and candy canes for Halloween. Let’s insist on Cupid-themed songs for Christmas and Rudolph for Valentine’s Day.

    Who’s with me?

    – Mike Raven
    http://survivingcorporate.wordpress.com

    • Mike I think you’re on to something when you suggest that we’re simply adults who are feeling rebellious… in a “rage against the machine” kind of way … for not numbly following the script being force fed to us by retailers. Nothing yells Bah Humbug to me more than a teenage clerk smacking her gum, talking on her cell phone, and rolling her eyes at me when she has to ring up my purchase to the blaring sounds of Mariah Carey screeching “O Holy Night” (one of my all time favorite Christmas songs BTW). Online shopping here I come! 🙂

  41. I definitely feel you on the political ads. And the recorded political calls that always interrupt evening activities! I’m so happy election day is tomorrow.

    As for the Christmas stuff, I don’t really mind it. I just ignore it until I’m ready to break out my Christmas albums, which is usually right after Thanksgiving. The only times I get irritated with early Christmas ‘propaganda’ is when I’m at the mall or at a store shopping and they are playing Christmas music non-stop when it is clearly way too early.

    -sara.

  42. I’m not ready for Christmas until Thanksgiving night, when we put up the tree at my house.

  43. jterrill

    We had dinner out @ a Mexican Restuarant this evening…and quess what? Christmas Music, NO NOT YET!!! I always feel like Thanksgiving gets the short end of the stick, the passed over holiday. It’s kinda like having your birthday any where near Christmas.

  44. Charity Froggenhall

    Yes, yes, good God, yes!

  45. All those stores want you to know it’s time to go shopping, lol.

    • Ahh, I know! But I’m a chronic procrastinator, I never go Christmas shopping until mid-December! 😛

  46. I agree with you. Unfortunately, I have kids in band who are practicing, you guessed it, Christmas music. Suddenly, we are all singing Christmas carols.

  47. ddaloia

    Amen Sister! I love Christmas as much as the next person. We have been hearing Christmas music since August, only because it was the performance music for this year’s marching band show – “Jingle All The Way”, but somehow it seemed OK. The show was loosely based on Radio City Music Hall’s Christmas Spectacular. The band was dressed like the Rockette’s wooden toy soldiers. Funny – the band parents had their end-of-season party on Oct. 30, but we all wore our Christmas Sweaters and the band directors’s house was already decked out with christmas decorations!

    I try to look past all the decorations. We don’t start playing our multiple CDs of Christmas music until after Thanksgiving. I am thinking about gifts, but agree with everyone else, the commercial season starts too soon and Thanksgiving – the most important holiday – gets forgotten.

    • I am also thinking about gifts. And yes, in the mad retail rush known as the Christmas spending season, Thanksgiving – the wonderful “no strings attached” holiday gets looked over. Shame!! Thank you for your comments! 🙂

  48. I am instituting a new strategy of November shopping this year, earbuds. I can’t stand to listen to Christmas songs yet! Give me that stuff after Thanksgiving. Good job getting Pressed.
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    • Thank you EduClaytion. I am on the bandwagon with you – earbuds for me in the stores till December and that includes grocery shopping. The online retailers will love me this year 🙂 Thanks for your comments!!

  49. Goodness! I completely agree I want anything Christmas AFTER Halloween and Thanksgiving. I can only and will only concentrate on one holiday at a time!

  50. Well somebody must start buying early or else the shops wouldn’t do it.
    I like the way the shelves are cleared practically on Boxing Day to make way for the Easter Eggs.

    Holidays are Coming, holidays are coming ………………..

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  51. Half the fun of ‘x mas is lost thanks to all the propaganda. Isn’t Thanksgiving coming before that !! Even winter hasn’t set in yet !!

    • yes yes and yes! I say, slow down & enjoy it all … otherwise January hits, winter envelops and we look around and say, “now what?” 🙂 Peace!

  52. It does seem to get here earlier and earlier each year but does it really i mean if that was the case we would see Christmas decorations in June, In my town we have a Christmas party mid November, and at university because we finish on the 2nd of December we have christmas party’s in November which to me seems like people milking the Christmas period for as much money as they can!

  53. Yeah, it creeps up a little bit sooner each year. It’s gotta be some retailer’s conspiracy to start the Christmas Shopping earlier than the previous year.

    Ammon @ http://slightlyinsightful.com/

  54. Pancakes For Lunch

    So true, Christmas music is great, but I wish that they could at least hold off until thanksgiving.

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    • thanks for the re-post and happy to know I’m not alone. Now .. when I do make the switch??? Ooh loads and loads of swinging Christmas tunes 🙂

      • zerode

        I’m going to start posting on Black Friday – something to cheer me up amidst that orgy of consumerism run amok. And then at least one new song and/or clip every day until Christmas – a sort of digital advent calendar (though beginning a bit earlier than the normal Dec. 1) start.

        But I’m actually going to post something from Windham Hill this week, as it is also good for Thanksgiving – unlike, say, “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.”

      • That sounds perfect to me, zerode. I make it a point to avoid Black Friday at all costs :). Thanks for stopping on by, and enjoy the Windham Hill !

  56. I love the holiday season.. just good music and good food and time with your family. ( and if you are luck this is the only time of year you have to spend with them for extended periods of time. lol) All you complainers suck. lol! I mean even if its just us putting on airs it still amazes me how kind hearted and cuddly we all get round Christmas time.

    • Sassystephb, I hear you. I find that the holidays brings out a longing for how we’d like things to be .. vs. how they might actually be. But .. if the holiday season inspires us to be a little more kind hearted than normal, I don’t think that’s so bad either. Thanks for your comment and for stopping by! 🙂

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