Christmas music doesn’t need to start so soon
By Quinn Storm, News Editor
Contrary to the popular opinion that goes along with the belief that Christmas music starts too early I am not a Grinch. However, Christmas music shouldn’t be circulating the day after Halloween. Of course, “All I Want For Christmas Is You” by Mariah Carey is a jam and a timeless classic, but that doesn’t mean it should be played on Nov. 1.
Fact: there are 54 days between Nov. 1 and Dec. 25. This breaks down to 1,269 hours, or 77,760 minutes. Assuming each song is four minutes long, that’s time for 19,440 songs. Now, that seems like a lot of songs and a lot of possibilities. But, according to an investigation by Aaron Daubman, where this man looked into Spotify’s music catalog for Christmas music, Bing Crosby alone has 22,382 Christmas songs (mus icmach iner y.com). How is this possible? This accounts for the millions of remixes, covers and replays of Bing Crosby’s original Christmas music.
Basically, this means that there isn’t as much differentiating between songs as one thinks. Christmas stations recirculate song after song throughout the season to the point where they are irritating. If one thinks about it, not playing Christmas music until Dec. 1 gives radio stations 43,200 minutes less to annoy listeners with the same music over and over again. This way, people will truly be in the Christmas spirit for the whole month of December. People may even miss the music by the time it’s gone on Dec. 26.
Getting into the Christmas spirit is the whole point of playing the music, of course everyone understands that. But how are people expected to get into the loving spirit of Christmas if hearing its music makes them annoyed? Perhaps the Christmas season would be more enjoyable and loving if people didn’t dread listening to the music of the season the day after Halloween.
Not to mention, playing the music too early completely skips over the Thanksgiving season. Extending the whole season of giving and love would be increased if everyone were able to celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas separately instead of overshadowing one in an attempt to rush to the other.
By Dec. 1, people everywhere are dreading turning on their radios and hearing more of the same old- same old. Realistically, if radio stations wanted to entrance their listeners they would play into what they want to hear. What they want to hear in November are the new hit songs coming out, not the same, boring music that they play every year.
All around, even though certain songs are fantastic (ie. any Mariah Carey or Michael Bublé Christmas album) there is a time and a place for them to be played. The time is Dec. 1, not Nov. 1.