Opinion: An Open Letter to Christmas Music

By Madyson McGill

Disclaimer: I am not Scrooge.

I actually really enjoy Christmas and Christmas music, just not before Halloween is even over. Every single year, Christmas season inches earlier and earlier. It’s insane! We haven’t even made it to Thanksgiving and already Christmas albums have already been released.

Pentatonix’s Christmas album, A Pentatonix Christmas, is already No. 3 on the Billboard 200 chart and November has just started. In fact, five new Christmas albums, including that one, are in the top 100 of the Billboard 200. I was flipping through the radio stations yesterday and passed a few playing Christmas music already. No wonder I usually don’t want to hear Christmas music by the time it’s actually Christmas.

I mean, it was just last week when everyone was dressing up as their favorite ghost or ghoul and decorating their porches with pumpkins. Now it’s like a switch has been flicked, and we’re now decking the halls with Christmas lights while listening to “Baby It’s Cold Outside.” Once again, we haven’t even made it to Thanksgiving yet!

Speaking of Thanksgiving, why can’t someone make an album about that holiday? We have Halloween music and Christmas music. Why not Thanksgiving music? Someone could write a song about being thankful or about a turkey. I mean, we have songs about snowmen and reindeer!

Like I said, I’m not a Scrooge; I love Christmas music, but only around Christmas time! I mean, here in Indiana, we’re still having sixty-degree weather. I’m nowhere near the Christmas spirit.

Why do we need to play Christmas music so early anyway? It usually includes different versions of the same songs we’ve been hearing for decades. If we started Christmas music right before December, it would be golden and lovely. We don’t however need to be playing it two months in advance.


Madyson McGill