When Can I Listen To Christmas Music?

Kyle Reed // @kylereed

Christmas Music signals a lot of things:

These are just a couple of the many things that you could list out that Christmas music signals and reminds you that is about to take place. There is no other music out there that brings about such great memories and emotions. But the question needs to be asked…

When Can I Start Listening To Christmas Music

Here are a couple of things to consider in making this important decision:

1. How Many Times Have You Listened To Mumford and Sons

This is an important question to ask yourself, how many times have I listened to Mumford and Sons Sigh No More in the last month? If you answer 30 or more times then it is probably okay for you to start your Christmas music listening party now (I would suggest you start with Sufjan Stevens “Songs for Christmas” album found here). If you answer 10 times in the last month then you should probably wait until after Thanksgiving before making the leap into an Amy Grant Christmas. If you answer with “who is Mumford and Sons” then you should just go ahead and quit listening to music because your rights have been revoked. In fact, go ahead and start listening to Christmas music now, but you can only listen to “A Chipmunk Christmas.

2. Do You Wear Christmas Sweaters

This question is not life or death, but it is close. If Christmas sweaters are a regular part of your wardrobe then you have probably never stopped listening to Christmas music so do not even worry about this question. If you receive Christmas sweaters as gifts from your grandparents each year you can start now, but it could bring back the reminder that with every Christmas album you listen to you are another day closer to having to wear that sweater that jingles every time you walk. If you answer this question with another question like “What do you consider a Christmas sweater?” “Am I wearing this to a party, family gathering, sporting event, or in public?” then you obviously have put to much thought into a silly post that really has no meaning at all but to discus the beauty of this time of year. You should just go back to your talk radio.

3. When I say Sleigh Bells You Think of…

literal sleigh bells or the band Sleigh Bells? This could be the most important question in this entire post, what does sleigh bells mean to you? Those annoying things that santa likes to put on his sleigh to let you know he is making his way down the street or one of the freshest and rocktastic bands out there? I mean you have to be able to answer these types of things. If you chose the traditional definition of sleigh bells (santas noise makers) then go ahead and listen to some Mariah Carey Christmas and do not worry about the other sleigh bells. If you went with the later definition of sleigh bells and chose the band, then do not even waste your time with Christmas music, just put their album “treats” on repeat and thank me later by sending me a peppermint stick.

These are just a couple of filters that I use when choosing the right time to listen to Christmas music.

How do you make this important decision?


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Kyle Reed

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I create websites, conversations, and ideas. Advocate for the 20 somethings. Looking to connect everyone to a mentor. Married to my best friend, Ginny. I like my coffee black and my dog Jack. I currently live in Nashville and work at Sony Music/Provident in Nashville
  • http://BtheYouthGuy.Wordpress.com BtheYouthGuy

    You should ask for a commission, I just bought the Treats album from Sleigh Bells. Great recommendation.

    • http://thoughtsaboutnothing.com Kyle Reed

      Ya that would be nice.
      But I am just glad that I can tell others about how awesome they are

  • Jeremy Chandler

    This post is incredible. I almost rotfled.

    For me its a less complicated process. Starting November 26, I set a consistent playlist consisting of some Bing Crosby, Sufjan, Coldplay, & Michael W. Smith. However, I like listening to Delilah during the Holidays. She always keeps things “hot apple cider” spicy with her Christmas music selection.

    • http://thoughtsaboutnothing.com Kyle Reed

      Oh I love me some hot apple cider spicky, especially with Delilah

  • http://shelbyisrad.wordpress.com Shelby

    I usually try and wait until after thanksgiving, esp. now that i’m out of symphonic band.
    we started christmas music now, and when i was in band and show choir when we started christmas music in like september i pretty much listened to it all the time
    and yeah it drove me crazy.

    i will never get tired of Little Drummer Boy though, probably my favorite christmas song ever

    • http://thoughtsaboutnothing.com Kyle Reed

      see that would get old having to play the same thing over and over

  • http://www.ricianne.com patricia

    filipinos start listening to christmas music & start decorating their houses once the months end with -ber begins.

    we don’t celebrate thanksgiving in the philippines. so the only holiday after independence day (june 12) is christmas. =]

    • http://thoughtsaboutnothing.com Kyle Reed

      wow, so you are way ahead of us

  • http://joannamuses.com Joanna

    Just don’t make it when Christmas decorations appear in stores or you will be listening to it most of the year

    • http://thoughtsaboutnothing.com Kyle Reed

      no kidding, that usually starts around August

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