Is Thanksgiving too soon for Christmas music?

Cartoon by Mateo Menjivar / The Plaid Press

By Mateo Menjivar & Acaila Eastman

Right after Halloween, radio stations and stores start playing Christmas music. You’re walking through the clearance section with skulls and half-priced orange candy, while listening to “Jingle Bells.” You’re buying your Thanksgiving stuffing mix and cranberry sauce and the grocery store is playing “The Carol of the Bells.”

Although studies continually show that most Americans enjoy listening to Christmas music, is it a right to listen to Christmas music when there’s still a completely different holiday coming up? What about fall? We jump right from summer into winter.

People who listen to Christmas music before Thanksgiving should be able to listen to whatever brings them joy, but maybe through headphones.

“I believe that before December is the best time to play Christmas music because it lifts everyone’s mood and spreads the holiday spirit,” junior Shant Harutunian said.

It can be true that playing Christmas music can be a mood enhancer for many people, however, not everyone enjoys the holidays. For some, the holidays are associated with depression or financial strain. They may not want the two month reminder that the holidays are drawing near.
Others may want to enjoy the fall season and fall holiday of Thanksgiving before winter truly sets in.

However, with the weather turning colder and school breaks and holidays like Christmas and Hanukkah on the horizon, it only makes sense to be tempted by holiday music earlier and earlier.

“I feel like it’s good to play Christmas music before December because it’s a happy holiday with happy music, which I like to think brings people together more and creates good memories,” senior Gracie Smith said.

Music is a way that we all can be connected and come together. Doesn’t every holiday movie include people singing around a piano for a reason?

When people listen to cheerful, happy, holiday music, it makes them feel connected to people who also celebrate the same holiday and can either enjoy or sing to the music that is correlated with said holiday.

The sounds of popular artists like Micheal Buble, Mariah Carey, George Micheal, the Jackson Five, and many others take us on a drive through our memories of Candy Cane Lane and uplift our holiday spirit. Their musical influence plays a big part in the ability to bring people together and enjoy the cheerful holidays.

Even people who are on social media like TikTok make videos to show that after Halloween they were ready for Christmas or the Holidays.

But ultimately, it comes down to whether Christmas music makes you happy or not. If it feels too soon, drown out the jingle bells with music of your own. If you can’t get enough, turn on the YouTube crackling fireplace and blast “Give Love On Christmas Day” from all your speakers.

Author: Plaid Press

Granada Hills Charter High School newspaper