What time is too early to listen to Christmas music?


I don’t have a specific date when I think it’s time to listen to Christmas music – I think when you want to start listening to it you should. For me, that means I’ve been listening to it for a while.

An age-old debate arises during the season of twinkling lights and flurries of snow: When’s the best time to start listening to Christmas music?

Some will insist that people wait until after Halloween and Thanksgiving. But as soon as the weather forecast calls for even a single snowflake or cold weather, I’m ready to start swinging around the Christmas tree, singing, and spreading holiday cheer.

Whether it’s the Tabernacle Choir in Temple Square, Mariah Carey or Pentatonix, there’s no shortage of remixed Christmas classics or traditional ballads that tell the meaning of the season.

The Tabernacle Choir and the Temple Square Orchestra during their 2015 Christmas concert.

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The everyday world, BYU’s campus newspaper, asked several students last year when they thought it was okay to start listening to Christmas music. Opinions differed greatly.

BYU student Azucena Gutierrez says the last week of October was the best time to start listening, when Taggert Barton says it’s okay to listen to Christmas music all year round.

In 2017, Hustle did a poll to show what the general population thinks about the best time to listen to Christmas music. They found that most people think the best time to listen to holiday jingles is after Thanksgiving, but a good percentage of people (26%) said any time after November 1 was a good time to start listening. .

A few years ago, Idina Menzel’s Christmas album sparked controversy because it was released on October 14. The singer defended her decision in an interview with Time magazine. Nolan Feeney saying that Christmas comes alive for her in October.

write for AtlanticKevin O’Keeffe said he’s been listening to his album since its release, but with one important distinction: “I only listen to it through my headphones. I would never blast Christmas music at a party in October, because I know people are passionate about it. My October holiday joy is mine.

While I also wouldn’t put on Christmas music at a party in October (unless my friends wanted to), I like the idea of ​​having more Christmas cheer, not less.

Holiday cheer, for me, is a real phenomenon where the lights, decorated sugar cookies, and music make me more inclined to give to others and think more deeply every day about what is meaningful in life.

I enjoy other fall holidays like Halloween and will be watching Halloween movies during October while sipping apple cider after a long day at the pumpkin patch, but Christmas has a deeper meaning to me. I love the twinkle and glow of Salt Lake City lights at night and will take any excuse to decorate Christmas cookies.

But, as Taylor Swift sang, Christmas has to mean something more.

Christmas music, in particular, persuades me to do good. The religious nature that the songs often have certainly draws my attention to good, but it’s something almost atmospheric – Christmas music reminds me that not only do I have to do good, but I have to have a disposition to be Well. That’s what Christmas music does for me.

I’m no Scrooge about Christmas music – if you don’t want to listen until the very last minute or if you’d rather not listen at all, I won’t be a Grinch. It’s a matter of personal taste.

But I maintain that it really is never too early to start listening to Christmas music.


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