It's the day after Thanksgiving. I'm in the car, listening to some of my favorite music, when suddenly "Walking around the Christmas Tree" begins to play.
I hate Christmas music. It's nice for a day or two, but there aren't enough songs to make the playlist enjoyable and few of them are new, so the music gets repetitive and annoying quickly. Especially when I have to start listening to the songs one entire month before they will go away. Fortunately, there is more than one radio station in my area, so I consider myself lucky that I am able to switch to the other station in seconds, but it still bothers me that I have to do it to begin with.
Why do I seem so anti-Christmas? In reality, I'm not. I'm just not ready to begin the holiday season this early. I can deal with the Christmas ads (they pay more on Newsvine anyway), shopping, and the lights on houses. None of that really bothers me. But when the radios begin to play the same tunes that I've heard for all of my life, it makes me feel like "the season" never ends.
I really wish that people would consider holding back on the holiday stuff until it got a little closer to December 25th. Christmas used to be a time about family and giving, but the technology age has pushed the holiday on a commercialization path. To me, Christmas has stopped feeling special. Playing music in November is one of those things that crosses the line. We're not even close to Christmas, so why does everyone go into such a frenzy? Couldn't people wait to bring forth the spirit until December 1st? Surely it wouldn't kill people to wait an extra five days to turn on their lights?
In a season of joy, I hate to be such a downer. I really want to love this holiday, but nothing good does or should last forever, and to me, that's what is really taking away from this time of year.