Thursday, November 18, 2010
I confess. I'm a Scrooge. Well, maybe not quite a Scrooge.
But I heard the unwelcome news this morning that the local
"oldies" station had started their annual Christmas tradition
of playing "All Christmas Music" from now until the holiday.
This means that I'm going to have to find a different music
station to listen to until Christmas again.
Now let me explain my position on this: I love Christmas,
I love holiday music, but I don't want to be bombarded
with it before Thanksgiving has even been here.Some
malls and department stores started setting up their
Christmas displays and piping Christmas carols overhead
back in October, and they aren't doing it out of pure
love of the holiday, folks. They want us to start buying
their holiday merchandise before we buy it someplace
else. They play the music so we'll be in the mood to
spend. I work retail myself, and I expect our store
will start playing all Christmas music overhead next
week. We've already been playing one album in
the rotation for two weeks.
Too much, too soon.
Christmas shopping season didn't start until the day
after Thanksgiving when I was a kid. It's one of the
reasons I love the movie "Christmas Story". Everything
that Ralphie does in that movie is something I did at
Christmas: going to see a Christmas parade, seeing
Santa at the store to get my picture taken (well, I was
a bit younger, but look at the picture. I was even dressed
like Ralphie!) I even wanted a bb rifle! Christmas was
a special time that only happened for a few weeks every
year in December.
Now it startes in October, or God help us, in Spetember,
depending on which department store chain wants to get
an early start on getting our money.
So I emailed the program director at WODS:
"Subject: Holiday Tradition
Yep, it's time for my annual Holiday tradition. Your station
starts playing all Christmas Music, and I stop listening to you
until a few days before Christmas. Sorry, dudes, but you
ruin my holiday mood by playing carols too early. How about
letting Thanksgiving come and go before moving on to Christmas?
How about keeping the magic of Christmas alive without indulging
in overkill by rushing the season?
Sorry if that makes me sound like Ebenezer Scrooge, but
there are a lot of others like me out here who feel the same way.
Have a Merry Christmas...in December.
So if that makes me a Scrooge, so be it.