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Old 08-16-2019, 10:47 PM
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Do you listen to Christmas music outside of Christmas time?


Let’s define Christmas time as between American Thanksgiving and New Years Day.

Do you listen to Christmas music outside of that general time frame? I do not and it’s caused quite a blowup on Twitter tonight. My favorite bar will skip any Christmas music played on the jukebox outside of that time frame.

The only exception I make is for part of Handel’s Messiah since part of it is appropriate for Easter.
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Old 08-16-2019, 10:49 PM
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No. Or voluntarily during Christmas season.
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Old 08-16-2019, 11:49 PM
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What Procrustus said.
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Old 08-17-2019, 12:19 AM
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Considering Christmas time is now about a third of the year, it's hard to avoid. I don't seek it out.
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Old 08-17-2019, 12:30 AM
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95% of Christmas music is shit. Why spread around the shit more than it already is?
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Old 08-17-2019, 12:49 AM
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My best friend in junior high and high school had a dorky older brother. A year or two older. One year, he got into a total Christmas kick in July. Christmas tree, fake presents underneath and Christmas music every day, all day. What an asshole.
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Old 08-17-2019, 01:19 AM
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I have almost 30,000 tracks on my computer, all of which I play randomly. Of these, 529 are "holiday" songs. They get played like all the others.
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No. Or voluntarily during Christmas season.
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Old 08-17-2019, 05:42 AM
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Even though I don't particularly care for Xmas music, it tends to be an ear worm that doesn't evacuate my brain until sometime in February.

That's why I hate it!

So no.
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Yes, I play it all year long. Except, what I listen to out of season tends to be Classical works, folk songs or instrumental. The typical Christmas music I start listening to in late October, when the new albums come out.
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Old 08-17-2019, 08:28 AM
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Yes.

We play Christmas music through at least half of January. We create our own season boundaries, we don't let "big holiday"* set the terms for what we enjoy.

We don't think the season is defined by what the stores put in the "seasonal" aisles. Why should the season end just because you can buy Valentine's candy?

And The Nutcracker isn't Christmas music.

Oh yes we need a little Christmas
Right this very minute!


*Christmas is run by a big eastern syndicate, you know.
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Old 08-17-2019, 08:39 AM
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No. I believe in confining it to its proper season.

This article does a good job of explaining why seasons are a good thing.
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To balance the need for novelty, with the need for familiarity, you persist in the same things, but keep them fresh by breaking them into phases or “seasons.”

This dynamic works on a couple of levels.

First, by not doing the exact same things all the time, you don’t grind down events/experiences until you become desensitized to their enticements and they lose their pleasure. By spacing them out, you can repeat the same things over and over, but they retain a degree of novelty and pleasure each time they come back around.

Second, by scheduling certain things as reoccurring events on your calendar, you get the pleasure of looking forward to them.
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Old 08-17-2019, 08:44 AM
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I don't listen to my Christmas MP3s outside of the season, but there's a lot of Christmas music I enjoy playing on the piano; I'll break out that sheet music once or twice during the spring/summer/fall.
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Old 08-17-2019, 09:23 AM
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Never. And when the Ms starts in on that at any other time of year, I give her a firm "Just stop it!"
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No. Or voluntarily during Christmas season.
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Old 08-17-2019, 11:06 AM
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Only the Carols For A Cure CDS, the BEST holiday music going.

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<snip> The typical Christmas music I start listening to in late October, when the new albums come out.
(bolding mine)

You meant June, didn't you?

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No. Or voluntarily during Christmas season.
Another vote for Procrustus.

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No, and I don't want to hear it in November or December either! Its like Christmas takes over and theres no way to opt out.
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Old 08-17-2019, 03:30 PM
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Heck yes. When it gets to 115°F and I have to go for a long drive I pop in a Christmas album and sing along hoping that my stupid brain will convince my body that it's cooler than it actually is.


I started doing this on motorcycle rides across the desert and expanded it into 4 wheel vehicles.
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I have a couple songs that involve Christmas like Pretenders' 2000 Miles that get played year-round but no actual carols or anything.

I used to work with a guy who played full on "Trans-Siberian Orchestra in July" Christmas music year round.
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Old 08-17-2019, 04:26 PM
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Its like Christmas takes over and theres no way to opt out.
Several years ago we spent the two weeks prior to Christmas in Barcelona. It was fabulous. No carols anywhere, barely even any decorations.

I heartily recommend a European trip at Yuletide. Stay away from places like England and southwest Germany (Black Forest area) where most American Xmas crap originated.
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Old 08-17-2019, 05:21 PM
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I have a couple songs that involve Christmas like Pretenders' 2000 Miles that get played year-round but no actual carols or anything.
This. In general, I don't like the usual Christmas songs at all, but I have a playlist with non-traditional Christmas themed songs I like to listen to at Christmas time, but whenever I hear one of these songs, on the original album perhaps, I can enjoy them around the whole year. "2000 miles" is on the list, just like my favorite Christmas song (and maybe my favorite song at all), the Pogues' "Fairytale Of New York". But they're all no traditional Christmas carols, but songs like the Kinks' "Father Christmas" and such.
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Old 08-19-2019, 11:40 PM
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Yes, but only a small number (< 10) of short classical and traditional pieces which are not just Xmas favorites, but are among my all-time favorites.
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Old 08-19-2019, 11:50 PM
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Our family digs the holiday season, my kids especially (8 & 10). I know they won't be this geeked for this kind of stuff forever, and they won't be little forever, so we lean into it. We start with the holiday music on November 1 as we're putting away the Halloween decorations.

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Old 08-20-2019, 12:40 AM
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The only exception I make is for part of Handel’s Messiah since part of it is appropriate for Easter.
It's the other way round. It's an Easter oratorio, but part of it is appropriate for Christmas.
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Old 08-20-2019, 01:16 AM
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Yes, but only a small number (< 10) of short classical and traditional pieces which are not just Xmas favorites, but are among my all-time favorites.
I second that. I hate commercial Christmas music with a passion, but there are exceptionally beautiful classical and traditional pieces. That includes 20th century classical carols such as The Shepherd's Carol, All Bells in Paradise, Bethlehem Down.

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Old 08-20-2019, 04:45 AM
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The only genre of music that I loathe is modern, commercial Christmas music. It is like children's nursery songs with inferior lyrical content.
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Old 08-20-2019, 07:33 AM
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I'm more selective during off season. Celtic Women are always on my current playlist and that includes their wonderful Christmas album. I'm not allowing a calendar to cheat me out of these incredible female harmonies.
A Christmas Celebration https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000I2ISF4..._nG-wDbR3BHWAH

Emmylou Harris Light of the Stable is also on my playlist year around.
Light Of The Stable (Expanded & Remastered) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000641Z3Q..._8J-wDbVBNNWJP

This isn't cutesy kids Christmas music.

My full on Christmas music cranks up just before Thanksgiving.

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Old 08-20-2019, 07:51 AM
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Old 08-20-2019, 08:27 AM
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I have several on my Spotify play list at work.

Fairytale of New York
O Holy Night (Andrea Bocelli version)
Baby it's Cold Outside
All I Want for Christmas is You

A good song is a good song, imo.
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Old 08-20-2019, 10:04 AM
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Very rarely. I have a couple holiday tunes in rotation. This music should be confined to the week around the holiday, if played at all.
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Old 08-20-2019, 10:20 AM
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I don't listen to it out of season, but I will sing Christmas hymns from time to time throughout the year.
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Old 08-20-2019, 11:38 AM
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I'll listen to a few classical pieces and traditional carols, up to(down to?) and including, Bing Crosby's Adeste Fidelis.

That said, I sometimes find myself humming/whistling/singing more commercial Christmas tunes at any time.

If modified lyrics count I sang "Runnin' around, the squir-rel tree, she's a crazy litt-le dog" just yesterday
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Old 08-20-2019, 12:21 PM
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I will start listening to Christmas music on purpose while getting ready for Thanksgiving. I like mostly traditional and older Christmas songs that I know all the words to. That's really the important part-- I need to know the words. I will sing Holiday Songs while shopping, cooking, preparing and thinking about The Holidays. I absolutely LOVE the season. I love the cooking and the eating, the giving and the getting, the drinking and carousing. I love peace and goodwill toward all men and I especially LOVE singing. Like I tell my husband all the time, I don't sing good but I sure sing loud. I say this as a person who isn't religious in the slightest.
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I do. Christmas is my favorite time of the year and summer is my least favorite. The heat of summer makes me feel stressed so I listen to Christmas music in the summer to unwind and remind myself that cooler weather is coming.
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