It's Way, Way Too Early for Christmas Music

christmasI'm told Hamilton's 102.9 K-Lite has already gone all-Christmas music through December 25. It's way, way too early for that.

If you're a station that's planning on going all-Christmas, it should be illegal to do so the day after Remembrance Day. In my humble opinion, stations should be forced to wait until December 1st.

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What do you think? When's the earliest a station should start playing Christmas music?


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J9

Dec. 1st...or after the US Thanksgiving weekend. Way too early right now. (Although I could listen to Springsteen's Santa Claus is Coming to Town everyday!)

November 13, 2011 / 11:35

Ken

It's far too early for xmas tunes. Dec. 1 maybe... or in the usa, after Thanksgiving.

November 13, 2011 / 12:14

Cheryl

I absolutely hate Christmas music except for a few exceptions like This Christmas Time by Sean Hogan is something I can listen to year round, but seriously, I would be okay with starting December 23 or if you really insist, start the week before, but Christmas is too commercialized and gets worse every year.

November 13, 2011 / 12:37

JJ

Tell that to Canadian Tire. These assholes had it going 2 weeks ago. This is the worst time of the year.

FK Xmas shit.

November 13, 2011 / 14:26

Anonymous

There's like 5 decent xmas tracks.

All other Christmas music stinks.

Tis the season to be pummelled to death by awful xmas music as stores attempt to withdrawal $ from our wallets.

It is the worst of seasons.

November 13, 2011 / 15:21

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

Just to show how much time has changed, back in 2003 we were all over the fact that EZ Rock was playing Christmas-only music on November 28.

http://www.torontomike.com/2003/11/holiday_music.html

That entry is awesome for the comments because someone essentially used the comments to blog for years and years.

November 13, 2011 / 15:34

CQ

Worse is the typical 100% cut-off as of 9:00 a.m. Boxing Day ?!? It is the week (before and) between Christmas and New Year's for when I want "holiday music".
Lazy all-anything is lame. 24/7 Christmas music more so. Our media groups seriously need to take a page from the likes of TheCoolTV and MeTV.

November 13, 2011 / 16:14

headsup

I love Christmas, and most of the music associated with it (although not all arrangements of Christmas music are created equal). I heard a station in Buffalo playing Christmas music on Nov. 8. That is way too early. December 1 is an appropriate amount of time for Christmas music to start. To put it in perspective, the band I lead is recording a Christmas CD. We aren't releasing it until Dec. 11 to cooincide with a Christmas event. Dec. 1 is plenty early enough for radio stations in my opinion.

November 13, 2011 / 16:17

elvis

Never. As a pagan, I want my holiday back.

November 13, 2011 / 16:18


Jason from Sudbury

Never! But I hate Xmas lol. But if I had to pick I would say December 15th.

November 13, 2011 / 17:35

Cheryl

Yes, Christmas stinks. I'm so tired of Christmas stuff. It's to the point we don't bother exchanging gifts anymore and it's just fine. It's nothing special or anything. Well, if I keep my radio off and just play my big collection of MP3s that I made from my big collection of CDs, then that's good, no Christmas music. Sean Hogan's Christmas song is good because it's not like all the other Christmas music. He wrote the song himself and it's great. Go Habs.

November 13, 2011 / 18:23

Bah Humbug!

December 24th at whatever hour the boss releases me for Christmas. And when December 25th ends, so does the Christmas music.

November 13, 2011 / 19:10

NW

A station in Detroit (105.1) actually started the Christmas music **before** Hallowe'en this year.

www.detroitmagic.com/home.aspx

And when is it too early to start playing Kwanzaa music?

November 13, 2011 / 19:17

Steve

Start on Christmas Eve day and finish it up at the end of the 26th. I'd say when Christmas ends, but hey, sometimes you just can't have your Christmas on Christmas, so we'll give you Boxing Day. Any amount of time listening to most of that crap is too long, but since we'll never get rid of it I feel this is reasonable.

November 14, 2011 / 08:44

Lisa

way way too early

November 14, 2011 / 09:22

Jacob

It honestly makes me sick.

A couple of years ago, mid-November, I went into the office, and the accounting lady had tuned the radio to this station playing all Christmas music.

I vocally complained, and changed the station.

She got all indignant and called me "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas". I replied "It's 'The Grinch Who Stole Christmas', not 'The Grinch Whole Stole November 17'."

Can we eject these people from society?

November 14, 2011 / 10:58

Ryan G

Similarly, many retailers start putting up their Christmas crap in late October, as they don't make money from halloween so they jump right into xmas.

Also, i was down by the Eaton Centre yesterday and walked by the Bay's Christmas windows full of the Christian invented mythology known as Santa Claus.

I wonder how long it will be before they disappear due to political correctness and/or a shifting demographic in Toronto.

November 14, 2011 / 11:18

VegasGeoff

You're all a bunch of miserable asses, aren't you?

November 14, 2011 / 12:54

Cheryl

Well, Christmas music makes me puke. Also there is really no such thing as Santa. Santa is just an ordinary guy dressing himself with a pillow in him and just says he is Santa. Bah humbug.

November 14, 2011 / 17:59

Rob

I am not a huge fan of Christmas music, but I know it is almost impossible to escape it.
What I would rather hear, is a slow intigration of Christmas music. It may not start any earlier than Nov 11 (out of respect). After Nov 11, 1 in every 10 songs could be Christmas music. As the holidays get closer, the ratio changes...1 in 8, 1 in 6, leading up to the week before Christmas, when they can go 100%.
On Dec 26th, it stops, 100% back to normal music.
Now, thats fair...

November 15, 2011 / 14:45

Marc

Start the Christmas music and carols and whatnot after the Santa Claus Parade.

November 15, 2011 / 14:54

Buffalo Boy Mike

The day after thanksgiving, no sooner, no later

November 15, 2011 / 21:51

Cheryl

Well, I hate Christmas music. Don't start playing it until December 23 or so. then stop December 26. Oh well, if I listen to my MP3s, then there is no Christmas music except for This Christmas Time by Sean Hogan. Go Habs.

November 16, 2011 / 14:52

Brent Dmitruk

bah humbug! the poster is just a scrooge! Dec 1st first day of christmas season? that christmas season is way too short. that passes before you know it. Christmas season is supposed to be most wonderful time of the year so why make it the shortest?!?!?!?! I don't get what problem these scrooges have.

November 11, 2012 / 20:56

Brent Dmitruk

bah humbug! the poster is just a scrooge! Dec 1st first day of christmas season? that christmas season is way too short. that passes before you know it. Christmas season is supposed to be most wonderful time of the year so why make it the shortest?!?!?!?! I don't get what problem these scrooges have.

November 11, 2012 / 20:56

Brent Dmitruk

bah humbug! the poster is just a scrooge! Dec 1st first day of christmas season? that christmas season is way too short. that passes before you know it. Christmas season is supposed to be most wonderful time of the year so why make it the shortest?!?!?!?! I don't get what problem these scrooges have.

November 11, 2012 / 20:56

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