When Is It OK To Start Listening To Christmas Music?

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When Is It OK To Start Listening To Christmas Music?

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Dear Kelly,

Please settle this for me, am I allowed to listen to Christmas music yet? And if not now, when?



Dear Georgia,

It is currently November 10. In just about two weeks, it will be Thanksgiving. The day after Thanksgiving is, I think, traditionally thought of as the “too early” start of the Christmas season, (usually the day those eager to play Christmas music will declare that it is now their right to play Christmas music), and I tend to abide by it. On my drive home from Thanksgiving festivities I usually listen to Hanson’s Snowed In and make a stop at the local Christmas tree stand so I can begin post-Thanksgiving Monday with a completely Christmas-ified apartment.

This way of going about things makes me feel like I am getting the most I can out of the “happy” Christmas season, which as an adult ultimately never lives up to the happiness you think it will and is over very quickly, because of how time has been in fast-forward since about age 24. But we have to try. We have to put tinsel all over every available surface, we have to turn on our many strings of lights every morning, we have to burn our pine-scented candles, and we have to listen to Christmas music.

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