Why I Listen to Christmas Music in October
For as long as I’ve been on this earth, my favorite season by a good 3,000% margin is Christmas. Summer is hot, spring is rainy, winter is cold, but Christmas season is perfect.
Christmas Season Mostly Happens in Fall (get over it)
One of my biggest problems with people hating on my early Christmas music is when they tell me that Christmas is a winter holiday. Sure, the actual day occurs in winter--but just barely. The season of winter doesn’t start until December 21st (which also happens to be my birthday). So I’m well aware of the fact that when we celebrate Christmas, we’ve only been in winter for four days. Most of the Christmas festivities occur in the season most known for changing leaves and leggings as pants.
Give Other Holidays Their Due
If you’ve ever listened to Christmas music in October, you have undoubtedly experienced the coworker, friend, or various grinch who’s told you that you can’t listen to Christmas music until Thanksgiving has passed.
“Why?” I usually ask.
They tell me Thanksgiving deserves the attention and you can’t just skip over it. I totally agree, but I don’t agree with the idea that listening to Christmas music requires one to skip over other holidays. It’s just that the other holidays don’t have as much music to get into the spirit with. Sure Halloween has some tunes that are good for a party, but you can’t honestly tell me that you’d rather sit at your desk and listen to “This is Halloween” and “The Monster Mash” over “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas” or “I’ll be Home for Christmas.”
And Thanksgiving songs?
Name one Thanksgiving song (on the off-chance that you did, name two). I have scoured the interwebs looking for Thanksgiving playlists and I can assure you no such thing exists. Which brings me to my next point…
Christmas Music is the Freaking Best Music
Now, I’m admittedly more than a little partial here as I’ve become enthralled with a type of music that most people my age don’t care to listen to. For instance, I listen to way more Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday than I do Ariana Grande. In fact, I was recently asked which singer/songwriter I would be if I could choose any modern day person and I chose Michael Buble (if this sentence makes it into the actual post then I must be feeling exceptionally brave).
But when the weather starts changing and you hear the first Dean Martin or Sinatra version of a Christmas classic it does something to me. And even if you prefer Ariana Grande to Bing Crosby, I’m sure she’ll have a holiday album out by then--everyone does.
Which reminds me…
Why so Cynical?
Some people have become visibly distraught when they hear me experiencing Christmas melodies before they’re ready. To these friends I’m sorry, but I’m not sorry. I promise my holiday cheer won’t burn out just because I start the seasonal tunes extra early.