When is it appropriate to begin listening to Christmas music?

My cousin posted this question on her Facebook wall:

“So…is November 1st too early to start listening to Christmas music?”

To which I replied:

“Christmas music is never to be played before Arlo Guthrie’s ‘Alice’s Restaurant.’ And ‘Alice’s Restaurant’ is to be played precisely at noon on Thanksgiving (or whenever everyone has dragged their sorry butts out of bed, whichever is later, as long as it’s before the football games begin). This isn’t my rule. It’s God’s rule. Only the heathen merchants violate this rule, which is why the economy is in the tank. “Revenge is mine, sayeth the Lord.”

What sayeth you?

Tom Pfeifer is the managing partner and chief strategist for Consistent Voice Communications. Reach him at Tom@YourConsistentVoice.com.


One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Jeff Adams on November 1, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    You can listen to Christmas music when you either start decorating your home or addressing Christmas cards. If you do that around July 4, between Memorial Day and Labor Day, everyone will complain, but you can defend your position by telling folks that you’re either late for last year or getting an early start on the current calendar.

    Of course, some folks leave outdoor decorations, especially lights, up year round. That’s not only easier, but also safer. We older folks don’t climb ladders well. Personally, I’m thinking of leaving the ornaments on the tree that came with the lights already attached, mounting the tree on a dolly, then covering it and rolling it in and out of the garage.

    Doing that and only sending e-cards will pretty much mean I can enjoy Mannheim Steamroller for almost 12 months, with a short break for Easter. I’ll have ham for Thanksgiving; I grew up on a turkey farm.



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