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WJYE’s Christmas Music Before Thanksgiving? Ho-ho-Hmm.

“I’m already sick of Christmas music!” was a slight shock to hear coming from a female workmate before 11 this Monday morning, True, our company’s hall speakers aired WJYE’s constant run of Bing Crosby , Perry Como, and Karen Carpenter.
I laughed and asked her how she could say such a thing? “Actually, I love Christmas music,” she replied, adding “but only when it comes after Thanksgiving.”
True, WJYE can always be counted on for holiday tunes 24-7, and it’s a great holiday booster, but for some reason they’re starting before Thanksgiving Day this year. And it seems all of retail the country over is doing the same ahead-of-time rush to green up the cash registers.
It’s an early start countrywide trend this year. There’s a great cartoon in Sunday’s NY Times showing Santa nudging in on a lunch counter conversation between a woman customer who’s enjoying a chat with a rather large turkey—and the turkey leans over to Santa and says, “Do you mind?”
There used to be seasons and holidays that seemed guided by spirit—not merely commerce–and not led by the flag of Hallmark Cards, Inc. We used to wait for baseball, football, hockey and basketball season, with breaks of anticipation in between. Now there’s times when you get a perfect media sports storm. Makes you feel bad for the kids in school we remember who knew every score and player from every sport and team.
Regarding the early Christmas rush of tunes, blogger Cole Haddon agrees and writes: “It might just be me, but isn’t Christmas coming earlier and earlier every year, while–thanks to the global warming our genius government refuses to ignore–winter keeps coming later and later? At this rate, winter will start around May and the Christmas season will start somewhere around July.”’s Lynne Margolis agrees too, and writes: “We’ve gotten used to retailers displaying Christmas merchandise before Halloween, but the seasonal assault from radio stations traditionally has taken a little longer to kick in. It used to, anyway, before some station programmers got the bright idea to buck tradition and begin playing Christmas music practically before leaves start falling.”
I for one, am ready for Thanksgiving—and then come Friday, I’ll turn on WJYE and get into the Christmas spirit…but not until.

Written by Bill Zimmermann

Bill Zimmermann

Bill runs Seven Seas Sailing school, and is a staunch waterfront activist. He is also heavily involved with preserving, maintaining, and promoting the South Buffalo Lighthouse. When Bill first started writing for Buffalo Rising, he wrote an article a day for 365 days - each article coincided with a significant historic event that happened in Buffalo on that same day.

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