At-Issue: Should Christmas music be played before Thanksgiving?

Sophia W., Caitlin B., Staff Reporters

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Yes

Many groan at the very thought of Christmas music playing before the sacred holiday of Thanksgiving. In short, Thanksgiving is a time of family, turkey and somehow a few pilgrims that got into the mix. Some may even say, “Why on God’s green earth would we ever want to enjoy a holiday before this one is over?” Luckily for them, I can answer that very question.

Some of my fondest memories throughout the months of September, August and even October included blasting Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You” with my teammates on the bus rides to our cross country meets. The joy and cheer that radiates from Christmas music is immense. Why wouldn’t anyone want that cheer just a little bit before they stuff their face full of pie and turkey?

Thanksgiving and Christmas are also in such close proximity of each other on the calendar. However, Christmas takes much more preparation. From gifts to decorations to family events, there are so many more places to plan. In order to plan things properly, the spirit of the season is needed. So, there goes the Michael Bublé! There goes the Bing Crosby! There goes the successfully planned family vacation to some relative’s house in Idaho!

The dates of the Christmas season are also extremely relative. Some decide to celebrate the day after Thanksgiving and others may believe that the first day of December is more appropriate. However, there are many people who decide to celebrate in July! The act of playing Christmas music just a little bit before Thanksgiving is the happy medium of it all.

Though the holiday season kicks off with Thanksgiving, Christmas is the steak and potatoes of it all; it’s the reason why we even have the holidays. Without that cheer and the promise of a bright and beautiful tree, we would be stuck in a rut. This would be the rather boring rut that consists mostly of dry turkey and loud political arguments between some random uncles.

 

No

Christmas is the time of year where friends and family share their love for each other through gifts, food and music. Holiday cheer can be sparked by a simple Christmas song, but when is it the right time to listen to holiday tunes? Many people feel adamant that it should only be played after Thanksgiving, and sometimes only in the month of December.

Although Christmas music is very catchy and gets people into the holiday spirit, it should only be played during the month of December. When people think of this month, they think of snow, presents and hot chocolate. Why should it be played in the middle of summer when Christmas is not even around the corner? Other holidays do exist and should be celebrated, not brushed to the side like a bad present you received from your aunt. Playing Christmas for a month straight can be annoying as it is, but playing it year round…why would you ever want to? You hear these tunes being played all your life, and when it is finally the month of December you get that magical feeling of  nostalgia and Christmas cheer. Music helps with the holidays, don’t play it when this special holiday is nine months away; it ruins the magic of the holiday and by the time Christmas rolls around, you are already over it.

I know there are others who totally disagree with me and that’s alright. I just want to know how they can bare that much Christmas music for the whole year, because lets be honest, Christmas music is not the best you will hear. Yes it does get you in the spirit, and yes it is wholesome, but every Christmas song is the same. The whole gist of these songs are about snow, Santa, and what each reindeer’s name is. For me, I would not be able to listen to the same thing all year round. These songs put me in the spirit when it is December, and the snow is falling, not when it is 90 degrees out and school is over.

These songs fill people with hope, happiness, and excitement that Christmas is finally coming. Why play them when this special holiday is not even around the corner? Save these special moments for a magical time in December; don’t annoy others with your obnoxious choice in Christmas songs when Christmas isn’t even relevant.