What’s your attitude towards Christmas music: Yes, maybe, or no?

Now that the Santa Claus parades have passed or are underway, the message is clear: It’s time to focus on Christmas. And with that comes seasonal music.

Some people can’t get enough of the stuff. Witness all the radio stations that flip to all-Christmas music starting around Halloween. That temporary format shift brings results in massive ratings year after year.

The music industry has responded, too. While I was away over the last two weeks, I received no fewer than 40 notifications of new Christmas songs/recordings for 2019.

Others feel that it’s now too easy to OD on Christmas music, leading to a situation where the stuff is bad for your mental health.

So let’s try to settle this with a poll. How do you feel about Christmas music?

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

2 thoughts on “What’s your attitude towards Christmas music: Yes, maybe, or no?

  • November 18, 2019 at 11:09 am

    I’m not on twitter (My mental health is better without it) But my vote is a hard pass. It’s loud, repetitive and starts up way too early and ends up being grating.

    I do more shopping online during November and December just so I can avoid Christmas music. When I do have to venture to brick and mortar stores, noise cancelling headphones are a godsend.

  • November 18, 2019 at 11:59 am

    My Christmas music rule is – it can be played on any day in December that starts with a ‘2’. 20,21,22…etc (though Dec 2 does get by on a technicality).


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