Wednesday, November 03, 2010

How early is too early?

One of the radio stations in Kansas City has already begun playing Christmas music. That means that it plays Christmas music 1/6 out of the year!

I admit that I listened to it for about two seconds and then realized that it. is. only. November. I have yet to put my Halloween decorations away, and election day had not even occurred yet, let alone the Daylight Savings Time switch.

Everybody always complains about how commercialized the holidays are with the presents, decorations, Christmas stock out in Wal-Mart by July, etc. And for some reason, the radio station really got under my skin. Why do we have to act like the holidays are not a special time of year, which we only celebrate for such a short amount of time? I mean, isn't that half the fun? In law school, I loved Thanksgiving break because it was the first time that I would allow myself to listen to Christmas music (side note: how pathetic is it that doing so was a real treat during finals time?).

I love the holidays...don't get me wrong. I think that no matter what you celebrate, the month of December has a special aura about it. Everybody is happy and excited. It just seems kind of sad to try to extend the celebrations practically all year long---like taking half the fun out of it.

What do you think?


Anonymous said...

RORO said I am right with you---KEZK is right behind you I think, They keep talking about playing them soon. My big gripe is they alays play them BEFORE Christmas and then the day after Christmas they are gone! I keep my tree up until after the feast of the 3 Kings and people think that I am crazy too!

Kathy said...

I can't believe that! It seems like they wouldn't have any listeners until after Thanksgiving. I am trying to switch my decorations from Halloween to Thanksgiving, since the days to enjoy my lovely Thanksgiving decorations are so limited. I do like to put up my Christmas decorations right after Thanksgiving. I just love all three holidays, and like to celebrate them one at a time! Plus I also love St. Nicholas Day on December sixth!

Kate said...

ITA. It's just rampant commercialism and contrived feelgoodery.

::shakes cane::

Now get off my lawn!

Kathy said...

RORO, I agree about the secular Christmas season ending too early. I like to leave my decorations up until Epiphany, too.

Katie said...

I agree, it is sad that the christmas music disappears the day after, and the crabby people shopping the day-after-christmas sales are the reason I stopped going to them. Seems contradictory to the whole reason we're celebrating...

I keep our decorations up at least until the Epiphany...or when seeing the tree still up in february makes me guilty enough to take it down and clean the house. :)

In any case, i'm not in a rush to start or end the season before it is time! :) We should have a KC cousins christmas party sometime in january, maybe a progressive dinner to see each other's decorations?