Saturday, November 10, 2007

Christmas is coming -- and don't you forget it.

Today is the tenth day of November, and this afternoon, while shopping with my parents I was subjected to an unspeakable horror -- Christmas carols. Yes, although Thanksgiving has not yet arrived, and I still have up Halloween decorations (shut up, I like them), not one, but three radio stations have already begun playing Christmas carols 24 hours a day, seven days a week. And they all promote this fat like it is a good thing. They have cheery jingles reminding you that you will hear nothing but the "sounds of the season" for the next month and a half. What season is that? It certainly isn't Christmas -- because that doesn't start for almost two weeks. I think it is the season of annoying the hell out of me.

Now, don't get me wrong, I like Christmas, I like Christmas carols, and I even like hearing them this early, to a point. I wouldn't mind it if the occasional "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer" was snuck in like every twenty songs. It's just the relentless overplaying that drives me nuts. You see, playing Christmas carols all day, every day means one thing -- ALL of the Christmas carols have to played in order to avoid excessive repetition. That means that slutty "Santa baby" by Madonna, every "modern classic" penned by a country singer -- including that annoying song about the little kid buying shoes for his dying mother (we all know he was lying), and all the Christmas carols sung my Chipmunks, barked by dogs and and shrieked by Celine Dion will get air time. And that's where I draw the line.

Also, I hate the endless self-promotion of the radio stations that play non-stop Christmas music. It's kind of like someone going around proclaiming "I've got the clap." It isn't pleasant, it's nothing to brag about, and those people who need to know will eventually find out.

Of course, there are people like my Mother who say they would like listening to Christmas carols in June. That actually makes me worry she's getting senile. I just hope that if radio stations actually start playing Christmas carols all year long I mercifully go deaf. I guess I could also turn my radio off, but this seems more dramatic.


mom said...

"Where are you Christmas, why can't I find you, did Libby make you straaaay? Where is the laughter you used to bring me, did she make that leave, too?" Ah, please remember child-o-mine Christmas music puts people in the mood to buy, buy, buy. Why not give out lists of things you desire--all the while singing Jingle Bells...or teach LUke Rudolf with all the "like a light bulb..." stuff?

Wendy King said...

I'm with you Libby. I love Christmas but it's just too early. And I HATE that shoes song!! 4th of July, Christmas, 365 days a year, I hate THAT SONG! It's terrible. Thanks for giving me something to dread.

jon deal said...

Our accounting person starts playing Christmas muzak in her office just after Halloween.

Yet Another Reason NOT to visit the accounting lady.


Emily-Ione said...

I learned my dislike of carols while working retail in a Hallmark at Crossroads ... Christmas begins in July at Hallmark. They have "events" to "help people get in the holiday spirit". Um excuse me, it's july, most persons are still wearing shorts why do they need holiday spirit????

Down with the Christmas Carol prior to Thansgiving.

Amanda said...

Ok, I do not know which one of you is funnier - you or Mom.

However, if you teach Luke that song, you will have to contend with me.