Today, while doing our weekly grocery shopping, the overhead Muzak brought me the distinctive strains of Rudolph The Red-Nose Reindeer.  I try to be a “Live and let live” kind of guy, but given that I’m barely halfway through November and unprepared for anything holiday, I was a little bit bugged.  Whether I feel it’s the appropriate time of the season isn’t what’s important though (I get enough opinions on Top 5, M.S.P. and our other fine shows, after all), it’s what the Faithful Spoilerites think that interests me, leading to today’s Chrimmus query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) would actually listen to ‘Monster Mash’ year-round, if I could, so I understand those who want to let it snow in August or somesuch, asking: What IS the appropriate time of the season for all the Christmas music?


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  1. Apparently Halloween, because people keep playing my favorite Christmas music (the original “Nightmare Before Christmas” soundtrack and the covers from “Nightmare Revisited”) around then.

    Then again, I start to listen to Bob River’s parody of the Black Sabbath song Iron Man, “I am Santa Claus”, right about now every year.

  2. Daniel Langsdale on

    Although no one would ever follow this, the appropriate time is from Christmas through the Epiphany (typically January 6) because that is actually Christmas time. Before that is premature.

    Unfortunately, due to commercialization we’ve fallen into playing it to over-saturation before and through Advent, and not playing it at all during Christmas.

  3. Honestly, I’m ready to declare it all “expired.” There are rarely any new ones and I’ve heard the same – what feels like 20 songs – over and over again for months every year. I’m bored of them and they don’t even give me any Christmas spirit or anything anymore. I think there should be some sort of policy on pulling songs out of rotation every year so we can get some time for them to feel new again.

    Wow, that was a very “humbug” sounding answer…

    I do like the season! I jut get my cheer more from the decorations and the music is a sore spot for me. Maybe because I am often working in environments where I hear the radio most of the day long, and all the rest of the music in the world seems to disappear between November and January.

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