Dear Crabby, Is it too soon for Christmas Music?

Dear Crabby,

Once we pass Halloween, it seems like Christmas music starts playing everywhere, why so soon?

Sincerely, Kris Musaksoon

Dear Kris,

What they need is Thanksgiving music to fill the month of November. However, as far as I know, there is only one Thanksgiving song that gets airplay; and that is the song, “Alice’s Restaurant.” Almost every radio station will play it on Thanksgiving Day – only on Thanksgiving – and that’s it. Most folks enjoy Arlo Guthrie and his 18 ½ minute song, but we really should have more Thanksgiving music to listen to in November.

Dear Crabby with a Laptop ComputerAnyway, I don’t think we can do anything about that now. As far as Christmas music starting right after Halloween, it’s a marketing thing. All the stores want you to think you better start buying those holiday presents now – before it’s too late – and the music puts you in the mood. The songs are about love, kindness, giving, and family. However, as a father and grandfather, all I hear is the sound of cash registers and credit card machines. “Have a Holly Jolly Christmas; it’s the best time to go into debt.” I usually put off shopping for presents until Christmas Eve. The music is a constant reminder of my procrastination – a lyrical companion whispering in my ear – the Christmas clock is ticking.

It used to be you only heard it at the department store when you took the kids to see Santa. That’s what I remember anyway. By mid-December, I’m humming the tunes. I don’t like it, I don’t really even know I’m doing it, but I’m sure I don’t like it. Mrs. Crabby puts on WNIC (100.3). That’s the local radio station that plays the stuff for nearly two months leading up to the holiday. Anytime we’re doing anything Christmas related: Shopping – Christmas music. Putting up the Tree – Christmas music. Baking for the holidays – Christmas music. Wrapping presents – Christmas music. I can’t win.

I turn into an old softy come Christmas morning. I put on a Bing Crosby Christmas Album, I wear a Santa hat, and drink spiced coffee. I sing along with Bing and Mrs. Crabby gives me strange looks. It’s all worth it when the family is over and the presents are opened. But until then, Bah Humbug.

Sincerely, Dear Crabby

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