All I Want For Christmas is…Tunes

When is it appropriate to start listening to Christmas music?



When does Santa start listening? When should he? When should you?

Macy Hutchinson, Staff Writer

As the air starts to get crisper, and fall sports began to wrap up, Thanksgiving is right around the corner, but for some people so is Christmas music. With that a debate begins: when is it too early to listen to Christmas music?

If you read my article Music on Your Mindyou would know music can affect how happy you are because it increases your dopamine and serotonin. Christmas music has the reputation of being the happiest music of all time, so if it can put you in the best mood then why would there be a debate about when it’s appropriate to bust out these catchy tunes?

Right after Halloween comes and goes, our favorite coffee shops dump the Pumpkin Spice and drop the Peppermint mocha. On November 3rd if you went to any of your neighborhood Starbucks you would know they already had their Christmas music playing and the decorations hung on the walls with care.

Mariah Carey’s Christmas Album Cover

If you go to Target right after Halloween ends you would see that Christmas has already taken over. If retail is skipping over Thanksgiving then why shouldn’t society too? I mean would a turkey and gravy latte be something you would want to try? I mean I guess you should try everything at least once.

When listening to Christmas music in early November, the problem is that it skips Thanksgiving. People have argued that it’s okay because Christmas is a season and Thanksgiving is a day. I think that argument does have a good point but try flipping the script and let me ask–how would you feel if you happened to be Thanksgiving, just being skipped every year?

Yes, Christmas has catchy music and yummy lattes, but Thanksgiving has the pie and the Macy’s Day Parade. Christmas doesn’t have football and a tremendous amount of food followed by a day of delicious leftover sandwiches and everything imaginable on sale.

Starbucks Peppermint Mocha

In my house, Christmas music is not played until November 25th, the day after Thanksgiving. We use black Friday as a marking of the start of Christmas. We wake up, get some nice Christmas coffees, and start shopping. On the way, we only listen to Christmas music. Anything from Perry Como to Gwen Stefani, we listen to it all.

I talked to senior, Taylor Bohanan, who thinks Christmas music should be listened to all year around. “It just makes me happy, I know all the words and it just reminds me of Christmas and makes me happy”.

I also talked to senior Carina Campbell, she said, “After Thanksgiving. November is acceptable but, after Thanksgiving is better. That way you won’t get sick of it, or doesn’t become overplayed.”

Here is SuttonHighNews’s response:

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  • Macy: Winter Wonderland (any version)

  • Desiree:

  • Evan: Holly Jolly Christmas by Burl Ives

  • Alexander: Oh Holy Night from Home Alone

  • Julianna: Rocking Around the Christmas Tree (any version)

  • Emma: I don’t listen to Christmas music.

  • Jocelyn: Underneath the Tree by Kelly Clarkson

  • Aubrey: It’s Beginning to Look Like Christmas by Michael Buble

  • Sarah: All I Want for Christmas is You by Mariah Carey

  • Marley: Santa Baby by Eartha Kitt

  • Leo: Last Christmas by Wham

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When do you start listening to Holiday tunes? What’s your favorite holiday song?