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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The Christmas Music War

My wife and I disagree over the proper time to begin playing Christmas music. She believes that Christmas music shouldn’t be played until December 1st and definitely not until after Thanksgiving. Me, I prefer to start the seasonal listening early.

I know I’m not the only person who likes to hear Christmas music early. One of my favorite movies, The Rookie, brushes on this. The movie is based on the life of Jimmy Morris, a high school teacher and baseball coach that realized his dream of playing major league baseball. The movie stars Dennis Quaid in the lead role. In one scene, Quaid’s character is eating at a diner. The patrons are chatting, when Morris notes the song in the background.

(Chestnuts roasting on an open fire…)
Jimmy Morris: Frank, ain’t it a little late to be playing that song?
Frank (the proprietor): It’s 8:30.
Jimmy Morris: It’s March.

The proprietor responds that the song is too good to be played only one month of the year.

As I said earlier, my wife is a “Christmas music begins December 1st” kind of woman. When she drives my car, she sometimes winces when she turns on the radio.
“Honey, why are you playing Christmas music?” she asks.
“It’s that time of year.”
“It’s early November.”
“I like it. It’s a radio station. I can’t be the only one who likes it or there wouldn’t be a market for it.”
“It’s not even Thanksgiving yet!”

My view extends to movies. My favorite is Miracle on 34th Street. As Christmas approached one year, I asked my wife, “Do you want to watch Miracle this evening?”
“Not tonight, Honey. I have a headache.”
I try again a few days later, “Do you want to watch Miracle tonight?”
“I don’t feel like it. Maybe in a couple of days.”
This continued. On Christmas Day, I asked one last time. “How about (Miracle) tonight?”
“I’m too tired. Tomorrow, I promise!”
Come tomorrow, she says to me, “Christmas is over. We need to wait until next year.”
If we must adhere to her policy, we should at least find a time during the holidays where we actually do watch the film.

So what do you think? When is the proper time to listen to Christmas music?

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