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Panther Growls

Sans Christmas tunes until Christmas day

Emily Medina, Staff writer

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Christmas is the hectic holiday that millions of Americans eagerly await. This holiday is what drives toys and electronic sales up the wall in the month of December. This is the month of delicious food, presents galore, and quality time with friends and family. December has the potential to be the ideal month, but Christmas music is what ruins that idea.

When it comes to Christmas, you could call me a grinch. I cannot tolerate a second of Christmas music unless it is on Christmas day. Then, I can put up with the annoying songs. Unfortunately, radio stations and stores want to shove the Christmas spirit into my mind beginning the month of November. There is nothing worse than hearing “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” on Thanksgiving. This is the sole reason why I dread leaving my house as Christmas nears. I do not enjoy having “Jingle Bells” stuck inside my head. The annoying songs never fail to attach themselves to my brain.

Companies see Christmas music as a way to increase sells, so they use the tunes as a marketing device. Businesses understand that these annoying tunes make people happy which puts shoppers in the buying mood. I for one refuse to allow these stores to trick me into buying useless items. Afterall, there are only so many times I can hear “Waltz of the Sugarplum Fairy” at Target before I begin dreading the shopping trip even more. Honestly, it amazes me how stores succeed in making me dread the trip before I even step a foot through the door.

Don’t get me wrong. I enjoy the holiday season as much as the Whos in Who-ville. However, hearing Justin Bieber sing “Silent Night” as I walk into Walmart will drag me in the opposite direction. Christmas is about giving, yet many people use it as an excuse to get what they want.

Christmas music is acceptable a few days before Christmas to put people in the Christmas spirit. However, any other time the tunes are not acceptable on the radio or at stores. I actually enjoy singing along to Christmas music with my family on Christmas day. However, Reindeer will not be up on the rooftop until December 24th.

Don’t think I am saying Christmas music should never have been invented. I just think there is a time and place for the music to be played – when Santa Claus is coming to town.  

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Sans Christmas tunes until Christmas day