{obsessed} why i start listening to Christmas music in September

Sunday, November 17, 2013

I know there are many of you that put a kabash on listening to Christmas music before Thanksgiving, and I understand. I appreciate the call to not skip over Thanksgiving, the cynicism for marketing and commercialism that seems to start earlier each year. I don't want to hurt your feelings, so if that is you then just click over to the next blog while I wholeheartedly disagree with you.

I adore Christmas music and I get ecstatic when it comes on the radio. I was a bit disappointed this year when it didn't start playing on the local station on Nov 1st, however, I have been listening to CDs, Pandora, and my Christmas vinyls long before November.

Don't worry, Thanksgiving has big place in our home. My birthday falls right around there so it's always been my second favorite holiday. I skip right over Halloween and decorate with fall decor at the beginning of September, so I don't feel bad for Thanksgiving.  BH and I alternate spending either Thanksgiving or Christmas with his family and the other with mine, so we kind of end up celebrating both holidays with each family when we see them. (This year we'll be playing Turkey Games with my in-laws in lieu of our annual Reindeer Games since it's their year for Thanksgiving.)

To me Turkey Day and Christmas aren't really separate holidays anyways. In my mind the holiday season starts somewhere in mid-September and just gets more and more exciting till it's all over with after New Years. I know that's early, but I grew up learning Christmas music months in advance for the many December concerts my choir would participate in and working at a craft store where the Christmas trees would start piling up in the back room in August and we'd put the Christmas crafts out in October so you'd have time to finish all the gifts you had to make before the big day.

And besides, if you really listen to the lyrics, most of the Christmas songs are about being with your family so I call those ones the Thanksgiving songs and the ones about the manger and the shepherds and wise men the Christmas songs. I definately suggest Pandora holiday stations (try one featuring She and Him for a sweet vintagey vibe) since the radio stations (like every other day of the year) play the same versions of the same songs over and over and over and over again. Maybe later I'll post some playlists of my favorite Christmas mixes. I do a new one each year (taking suggestions for Christmas mix 2013, by the way).

All of these are good reasons to be excited about Christmas music and Christmas trees and holiday decorations in the stores way before December 1. But there is really one big reason I love it and don't restrict my holidaying to a rigid schedule.

Because it's CHRISTmas. Every day is a good day to celebrate our Saviors birth, His life, His atonement, and especially His LOVE for us. Every single day. Every day is a good day to harbor warm fuzzies for strangers and tell everyone you meet to have a Merry anything. Every day is a good day to see our families and think about all the things we are grateful for. And every day is a good day to turn up the music in the car and sing happy songs at the top of your lungs. Every day is a good day.

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