Ava’s Guide to Everything: Christmas Music
By Ava Green, Features Editor
“Is it too early to start listening to Christmas music?”
This question is surprisingly polarizing, so I’m kind of terrified to give my answer. However, my journalistic integrity precedes my fear of the general public.
Maybe if Thanksgiving and Halloween could get a quick sesh in the recording studio, I could justify holding off on streaming Michael Buble and Mariah Carey. The reality, though, is that there is a serious lack of fall holiday – specifically Thanksgiving – music. All we really have are fall vibes Spotify playlists made by some emo 13 year old, “The Monster Mash” and the classic, “Let’s Have a Kiki/Turkey Lurkey Time” by the cast of Glee.
While these are all certified bangers, they don’t even hold a candle to Christmas music. Yes, these songs are old, overplayed and outdated, but you can’t help but be overwhelmed with joy and holiday spirit when you hear the first notes of “All I Want For Christmas is You.”
I am fully aware that I am biased because of my deep love of Christmas, but this is my guide to everything; you’re here for my advice. I say, the second that those Thanksgiving dinner dishes are washed, dried and put away, I’m going to be blasting Bing Crosby and dancing to Dean Martin.
That’s me, though. I have no issue with Christmas music before Halloween, I just have a short attention span and know I’ll get sick of it if I start too early. But, if I didn’t have the brain of a goldfish, I’d be dusting off the ol’ jingle bells right after Halloween. Because, 1: If Target can start setting out Christmas decorations and cheesy festive pajamas halfway into September, you can listen to Christmas music before Halloween, and 2: It's going to start snowing any day now here in Buffalo, so you might as well romanticize it with some classic seasonal tunes.
There aren’t many things people can enjoy without scrutiny these days, and the fact that people get heated over something as wholesome as Christmas music is highly concerning to me. I think it’s always the right time to enjoy something that brings you happiness. If you are brave enough to listen to Christmas music before Halloween, maybe just keep the earbuds in so the Scrooges in your life don’t clown on you too hard.