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Old 11-12-2007, 11:17 AM   #1
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Christmas music
The one radio station that comes in clear in my office is a great oldies station. But they've started all Christmas music all the time. Now don't get me wrong, I love Chirstmas music. But I'm not sure how to feel about this. Starting it after Thanksgiving is one thing but Veteran's Day? That's a little early.
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Old 11-12-2007, 11:30 AM   #2
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I am with ya but here it right after Halloween!In fact Halloween isn't over when the Christmas stuff is on the shelves Oh well just have to get used to it. At least I can get my halloween stuff 75% earlier every year.
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Old 11-12-2007, 11:43 AM   #3
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The clinic I work in has already started putting up Christmas Decorations. They are having some kind of contest and every area is trying to out do the next. It is overboard and excessive. Sick people don't want to have to be in a room that looks like Santa vomited all over the walls.

I hate to be a GRINCH but I have declared my area a "Christmas Free" zone. I live in an area where there is a great deal of cultural diversity and not everyone is Christian. I think it is inconsiderate of those who do not celebrate the holiday to start so early and have so much.

I love Christmas music and decorations, during the season. WHich in my opinion is a couple weeks before and the week between Christmas and New Years.
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Old 11-12-2007, 11:44 AM   #4
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No Christmas music yet here. They have started cranking it up before Thanksgiving though so I'm expecting it in a week or so. I kinda like Christmas music but I swear every single one of the songs sticks in my head and I go around humming them all day long, I can't help it, it drives me nuts.
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Old 11-12-2007, 11:58 AM   #5
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Last year, our local station--the one I like to listen to in the car--started Christmas music right after Halloween. It was awful!

I sent an email to the station objecting, and got an answer with a bunch of hooey about how Christmas makes everyone feel better, especially when there's a war going on , blah, blah, blah.

I answered, pointing out that Christmas is a time for serious depression for a lot of people, it gets kids crazed, it makes people worry about affording all the things their children see on TV, and as for a war, how is Christmas music on Nov. 1 going to make loved ones feel better? I told him that I'd make a point NOT to listen to the station until January.

Another email basically saying, OK, see you then.

It turns out that it was a fiasco, after all. Even the DJ's made comments after it was over, and that particular General Manager is no longer with the station.

So there!
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Old 11-12-2007, 12:12 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by Ingrid View Post
Last year, our local station--the one I like to listen to in the car--started Christmas music right after Halloween. It was awful!
Before Halloween!! Now that's just crazy. We've had the Christmas decorations in the stores since before Halloween, but the music? That's just way too early!
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Old 11-12-2007, 12:23 PM   #7
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i have to admit it.....
i started listening to it.....

you have to understand, i played in bands/orchestras the entire time i was growing up, and we started practicing it around this time of year. so when it starts to smell like fall, and has that crisp bite in the air, it's natural for me to want to hear it. so, i popped in charlie brown's christmas while i knitted up some gifts this past weekend. and, i started practicing my christmas music on my harp.

now that i work from home, i don't bother anyone with my early christmas music anticipation for the holidays silliness.
i guess i still manage to have that excitement feeling i had the entire time i was growing up around this time of year. i don't shop in malls, so i never get overwhelmed with holiday shopping or commercialism. yes. i manage to live in a baking/knitting/online shopping bubble. and i love it!
i'll go back to my corner now....
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Old 11-12-2007, 01:06 PM   #8
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It's true, the Holidays are very hard on many people unfortunately. My mom is a counsellor and she gets very busy around Christmas. It's supposed to be a time of happiness, but for those who are facing emotional difficulties, it can get worst.

Maybe I'm too cynical, but I think stores do it to make people buy gifts as early as possible, hoping they will keep buying until December 24 and forget about their budget.

For me, because they start so early, I get so fed up by Christmas time I don't even feel like celebrating it anymore. I love Christmas music and the Christmas spirit, but... not in November!
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Old 11-12-2007, 02:12 PM   #9
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The clinic I work in has already started putting up Christmas Decorations. They are having some kind of contest and every area is trying to out do the next. It is overboard and excessive. Sick people don't want to have to be in a room that looks like Santa vomited all over the walls.

I hate to be a GRINCH but I have declared my area a "Christmas Free" zone. I live in an area where there is a great deal of cultural diversity and not everyone is Christian. I think it is inconsiderate of those who do not celebrate the holiday to start so early and have so much.
I love Christmas music and decorations, during the season. WHich in my opinion is a couple weeks before and the week between Christmas and New Years.

I don't want to ruffle any feathers, but doesn't everyone have the right to do what they want, when they want? And what does "cultural diversity" have to do with it? Just because my neighbor is of a different culture and doesn't celebrate the holidays doesn't mean I should not decorate my house. It's something I celebrate and that should be the end of it.

Yes I know it's a religious holiday and all, but if you aren't a Christian and are of a different religious backround, don't others have to put up with the things you celebrate when they don't believe what you believe?

And when I say "you", I don't mean you personally Ginny. I mean "you" in the sense of everyone.

Christmas is a wonderful time of year simply for the fact that everyone seems to treat everyone better than any other time of the year. It brings out the goodness in people. And I do realize that it is also a hard time of year for a lot of people, but that doesn't mean those who do have some good in their lives shouldn't be able to celebrate when they want to.

I do think that Christmas music before Thanksgiving is a little early, but this is the world we live in, everything is rushed. We must get used to it, it isn't going to slow down anytime soon.
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Old 11-12-2007, 04:05 PM   #10
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I don't want to ruffle any feathers, but doesn't everyone have the right to do what they want, when they want? And what does "cultural diversity" have to do with it? Just because my neighbor is of a different culture and doesn't celebrate the holidays doesn't mean I should not decorate my house. It's something I celebrate and that should be the end of it.

Yes I know it's a religious holiday and all, but if you aren't a Christian and are of a different religious backround, don't others have to put up with the things you celebrate when they don't believe what you believe?

And when I say "you", I don't mean you personally Ginny. I mean "you" in the sense of everyone.

Christmas is a wonderful time of year simply for the fact that everyone seems to treat everyone better than any other time of the year. It brings out the goodness in people. And I do realize that it is also a hard time of year for a lot of people, but that doesn't mean those who do have some good in their lives shouldn't be able to celebrate when they want to.

I do think that Christmas music before Thanksgiving is a little early, but this is the world we live in, everything is rushed. We must get used to it, it isn't going to slow down anytime soon.
I understand what you are saying and I am not saying that Christmas should be totally ignore BUT I think in our society it goes WAY BEYOND just celebrating the good in our lives. Plastering every square inch of space with Christmas Decorations and playing Christmas music moorning noon and night for 8 weeks before a holiday has little to do with celebration. It's commercial and it's crass in addition to being insensitive.

Many years ago I was in a very difficult place around the holidays. I had lost a child and the Holidays were the first "milestone" occasion I needed to get through. For the weeks before Christmas everywhere I went people were wishing me a MERRY CHRISTMAS and a HAPPY HOLIDAY. Their intentions may have been good but for me it was a very painful and constant reminder that, at least for that year, my Holiday was not going to be Merry or Happy.

Christmas is a wonderful time of year, for those who celebrate it and those who have reason to celebrate. I just think that we need to be a bit more sensitive to those around us who are not Christian or who may not want to be reminded with every encouter in a store or business that Christmas is coming.

I never wish anyone a Merry Christmas unless I know for a fact that they are celebrating the holiday. In my area there are many Muslims, Hindus and Buddhist's, I can imagine it must be rather hard for them when for weeks out of the year people are wishing them a Merry Christmas. So I guess my answer is no, I don't think that everyone should have to put up with my celebrations if they don't believe the same as I do.

I'm REALLY not trying to be ornery but I think that in addition to Christmas being a time for celebration it is a time for compassion and understanding.
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