Strolling through the mall, driving to the movie theater, waiting for a table at dinner—it doesn’t matter where you go; the day after Thanksgiving begins the onslaught of holiday tunes.
Don’t get me wrong; I love jamming to “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” but all in due time, radio stations. Getting an earful of these songs before we even enter December seems like overkill. And by the time we do, I’ve heard enough sleigh bells ring-ting-tingaling and chestnuts roasting to last two holiday seasons.
It all reminds me of Hugh Grant’s character Will in About a Boy. In his case, he gets an even earlier dose of the holidays tunes with his father’s song, “Santa’s Super Sleigh”:
“November the sodding 19th. Six weeks before Christmas and already they were playing the bloody thing.”
I say, let’s preserve what little novelty these songs have and put them on heavy rotation only starting, say, December 4—a good three weeks before Christmas.
Is anyone else with me? If so, what songs drive you up the wall?
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