Even science says that Christmas music is bad for you if you listen to it for too long.

By |2018-12-25T05:41:07-08:00December 25th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |6 Comments

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Courtesy of Business Insider:

The sights and sounds of the holidays are here — and they’re completely inescapable. No matter where you go, it seems like the same classic songs are played on repeat.

This perception is spot on: Spotify reports that listening spikes during the last two months of the year. Michael Bublé’s “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” top the list of most streamed tunes.

But the incessant repetition can have a psychological impact. There’s a U-shaped relationship between how often we hear a song and how much we like it, what’s known as the mere exposure effect.

At first, holiday music may spark nostalgia and get you in the holiday spirit. But hearing “Jingle Bells” for the millionth time can lead to annoyance, boredom, and even distress, researchers say.

That’s because the brain becomes oversaturated, triggering a negative response. If you’re already worried about money, work, or seeing family during the holidays, the constant inundation of cheerful tunes may reinforce your stress instead of relieving it.

It can also be downright distracting, affecting employee productivity and irritating consumers. In fact, a 2011 Consumer Reports survey found that 23 percent of Americans dread holiday music.

I had a job once working in a bookstore during the Christmas season, with holiday music playing on a loop all day every day, and by the time we got to Christmas Eve I could have eagerly beaten customers to death with a snowglobe if I had to hear “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” one more goddamn time. 

My basic rule is that I am down with Christmas music in the seven days before Christmas, and on Christmas Day, but after that, I do not want to hear one more chorus of “Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow” or “Here Comes Santa Claus” until the next year. 

That also means I do not want to watch any movies with a Christmas theme, even if it is a masterpiece like “Die Hard,” until there is snow in my yard and a decorated tree in my living room. 

But hey, that’s just me.

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6 Comments

  1. anonymous December 25, 2018 at 2:25 pm

    I will leave a store the minute that damn drummer boy starts pa-rumping. I don’t “do” Christmas, but there are a few songs I truly enjoy (Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer; Rusty Chevrolet). And a few carols — O Holy Night still makes my heart ache with its beauty. So I’ll play them once or twice, and that’s it. Store music is like having a mosquito stuck in my ear.

  2. Anonymous December 25, 2018 at 2:47 pm

    I worked at a garden center that began playing Christmas music after Halloween and the Christmas open house was at the beginning of Nov,by December i was sick of decorations and the carols.

    This year i managed not to hear any carols until Dec 23rd and actually enjoyed them !

  3. Eye Roll Troll December 25, 2018 at 3:17 pm

    My MAN! The best way to enjoy Christmas. A gaggle of grandkids to buy for, stayed out of stores as best I could and shopped online, NO 24/7 channels on the car radio.
    Last night and today, let ‘er rip. MUCH more festive, and the station I listened to inserted the humorous.
    Just for you, Gryph:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RlIs27Z5Hrk

  4. AK Lynne December 25, 2018 at 3:26 pm

    Christmas music, decorations and so forth even before Thanksgiving feels to me like somebody is trying to turn you upside down and shake you down for all the money you have or will have up to Christmas Eve. I agree. I don’t like it either.

  5. Be Worst December 25, 2018 at 4:27 pm

    Real Christians move into mosques from Halloween to MLK Day.

  6. Anonymous December 27, 2018 at 9:02 pm

    I think the key here is variety. There’s nothing wrong with a little repetition of certain songs and carols you are particularly fond of. But the key is to be sure to add plenty of other selections and add something new each year.

    When I taught elementary music, I used to do 52 classes a week. I had a lesson plan of sing-along songs for my guitar and by Friday I was mentally brain dead and on auto pilot. But I fought hard to make each class as fresh and new as possible because for these kids, this was there first time singing and for many, their only opportunity to sing.

    Tape loops are bad. The canned music the stores use is worse.

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