Christmas Music Controversy

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BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- Kudos go out to Dugan Arnett at the Globe for taking on an extremely touchy topic--how early is too early to start playing Christmas music?

Apparently this is more controversial than I thought.

According to the Globe, people on social media who admit to breaking out the Burl Ives CD before Thanksgiving are subject to vitriolic attack.

“If you listen to Christmas music in November,” read one tweet, “you are a psychopath.”

Wow, that’s harsh, but it’s not an isolated spasm of puzzling anger.

A British psychologist has made the media rounds claiming early holiday music listening can be harmful to your mental health. “A lot of people feel very pressured by Christmas,” she says.

I can understand that, but not this absurd Christmas music backlash.

I love Christmas music. The classics “White Christmas,” “Winter Wonderland,” “Little Drummer Boy,” the novelty songs like “Jingle Bell Rock,” “Dominick the Italian Christmas Donkey,” James Brown’s “Santa Claus, Go Straight to the Ghetto,” and, of course, the Singing Dogs--and don't forget the religious songs.

Who doesn’t love “Silent Night”?

And to the question of how early is too early, since when did so many people surrender their free will and control over what they listen to?

OK, if a store is playing it and you can’t stand it, then that could be problematic, although I’m tempted to say suck it up, snowflake. But you can always turn the dial or channel or otherwise avoid holiday music if it’s so awful.

Or, you could look in the mirror, realize you’re wound up a little too tight, and for goodness sakes, switch to decaf eggnog!

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