|Cartoon thanks to Restoring Truthiness|
Quick! Somebody check the calendar! Mine says it's November 14th. Is it right?
OK, so WHY are there not one, but TWO channels of 24/7 Christmas music on the radio already? Didn't that used to start the day after Thanksgiving? So why the bump up?
Are the people at XM Radio concerned that we might have forgotten the lyrics to the Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire song, so we need more practice before the holiday actually hits? If that's the case, I can assure them that the words to that and every other standard Christmas song are permanently burned into the brains of every American, regardless of their personal religion. We do NOT need to practice!
Or maybe they think that hearing endless versions of Rockin Around the Christmas Tree* will make us turn our cars around and head to the mall for a zombie-like shopping spree. Sorry, retailers. I think as a country we're wising up a bit, and realizing that no one really wants those "gift sets" stacked up at the entrance to every department store. And the "Made in China" clothing is wearing thin, too (literally, in this case! Is it even possible to find shirts that don't show your skin and bra through them anymore?)
No matter why they're on so early, you may be wondering how I know about these two stations of aural torture. XM has hundreds of stations, right? True. But I am blessed with a daughter who actually likes Christmas music.
She apparently even liked it before she was born, because she chose to make her entrance on the planet on December 25th. I thought that she might have picked that day because the roads were empty...a handy thought when said roads were also snow-covered. But now I'm convinced she picked that snowy December evening so she could listen to the last of the barrage of Christmas music.
Why else would she have gotten that glow in her eyes when she heard the mention of the new stations as we were driving to school the other day? And why, this morning, was I subjected to a sampling of all that is to come for the next month and half?
I did try to nip it in the bud. I suggested that we print out a list of the standard Christmas songs, and keep it with us in the car. Everytime we hear one, no matter which version, we check it off. Once the list is done (which I figure will only take a few days), we shut off the Xmas sounds until next year. As Elvis came on, moaning (er, um singing) Blue Christmas, she laughed. "Funny, Mom."
Sigh. It's going to be a long, long time until December 25th.
*The version of Rockin Around the Christmas Tree we were "treated to" this morning was sung by Wayne Newton. Neither my daughter nor her BFF had every heard of him, and neither believed it was a guy. I officially felt old!