the official start to christmas music season

TheOfficialStartToChristmasMusicSeasonGrowing up, the official start of the holiday season was always the day after Thanksgiving. But lately, it seems like the retail world wants the holiday season to start sometime shortly after Halloween, with a “nice turkey dinner” at half time.

Am I right or am I right?

Anyways, while I shudder at the sight of Christmas candy lining the aisles of the local CVS in late October or early November, I have noticed my own habits shifting:

I’m starting to listen to Christmas music earlier and earlier each year.

Though I may not be decorating for the holidays just yet, I have been secretly playing my favorite Christmas music* more and more.

If I’m going to be completely honest, I even played some Christmas music a few times before Halloween.

[Hangs head in shame.]

Anyways, I would love to know if other people share the same double standard: I shun holiday items in the stores crazy early, but I’ve been secretly playing my own holiday tunes at the exact same time.

Is anyone else doing this, too?


Thank you so much for reading and have a great weekend! 


* At this point, A Very Special Christmas and Mannheim Steamroller are on repeat.

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  1. DanetteDillon

    Personally, I’m for playing as much Christmas music whenever you want,

      1. DanetteDillon

        I usually start in the summer, but my job requires that I start in the summer. I put together Christmas musicals. However, this year I’ve purposely slowed my job down and I’m still listening to Christmas music.

        1. Well, that makes it totally understandable during the summer. That also sounds like a fun job! I wish I could be in your shoes for a day. : )

          Do you have a favorite Christmas musical?

          1. DanetteDillon

            Umm…not really. I love classics like White Christmas, Meet Me in St. Louis, and Miracle of 34th Street (not a musical), but I’ve never been great at picking favorites. 🙂

          2. Jess Lively

            Awesome! I’ve never seen the Meet Me in St. Louis one. Maybe I should add it to my viewing list this year. White Christmas is the one that I look forward to every year the most. : )

  2. Too funny! For some reason I haven’t started thinking about gifts, just the music. But I might want to also start thinking about the other part, too!

  3. Jennifer

    Thanksgiving is my FAVORITE holiday and I have a late November birthday. Those two days keep me celebrating the holidays in order. I just can’t get into Christmas until Thanksgiving has passed. The stuff in the stores kind of gets to me, but I don’t mind the music. I think that it’s refreshing after listening to the radio repeat the usual suspects – especially in Chicago.. I’d love if they would get a coffee house/acoustic station going.. So, to answer your question – Christmas music in the house after Thanksgiving.

    1. Very nice! I agree, it can be so refreshing to listen to something new after all of the regular songs all year long. Do you listen to 93.1 XRT in Chicago? It’s my favorite station and always on in my car.

      And… happy early birthday!

  4. Ash

    I totally do it! I don’t decorate or shop early, but the music starts up the spirit of the season I love so dearly!

    1. Yeah, there is something about the music first, isn’t there?

      When do you plan to decorate? I think I might do it for Thanksgiving since we are having family come into town then.

  5. jillian

    hahah i love it! i heard someone out on the L stop playing Christmas music this morning and i was shocked! i have a verrry strict rule of no Christmas ANYTHING (music, movies, candy…) until AFTER thanksgiving. idk why im such a stickler but it keeps me excited to watch the Grinch after thanksgiving dinner 🙂 that and i really love thanksgiving so i dont want to shift the focus too soon 🙂 xoxo jillian

    1. Totally understandable. I can also understand the bigger excitement for Thanksgiving this way, too.

      Though I might be into the music now, I am with you on waiting until after Thanksgiving for the movies. My fave is White Christmas.

  6. Sophie

    So glad you posted this, I always say to others how much Christmas is way too commercial and that it starts way too early – but I secretly love it, and this year I’ve been looking forward to it for a while now! If it puts you in a good mood to listen to Christmas music then I say don’t wait until it’s ‘appropriate’, play it!

    1. Exactly! Mr. Lively rolls his eyes when he’s caught me playing in over the past few weeks, but at this point in the season, it’s happening for good! : )

  7. I watch Christmas movies all year, and I admit that I started listening to Christmas music before Halloween this year too. It makes me feel happy, so why not?

    1. Exactly! I love that you watch the movies all year. Which are your favorites? Mine is White Christmas.

  8. fiercelyalex

    I absolutely adore Christmas and the holiday season. I live in Canada so we do not have a marker like the US for the start of the holiday season as our Thanksgiving was over a month ago. This year I decided to start listening to and watching Christmas movies and music the day after remembrance day. Today I am getting my Christmas playlists back on my iPhone and making sure to PVR holiday movies.

    1. Nice! I am with you, Alex! : )

      And great point about Canada not having the Thanksgiving ‘start date.’ Have you noticed if stores are getting into the holidays earlier than they used to in Canada, too?

      1. fiercelyalex

        Awesome 🙂

        Yes stores have been getting into the holidays earlier. About half way through October holiday stuff was beginning to enter stores. Now it is everywhere.

        1. Half-way through October?! It sounds early, but I think that’s exactly how it is here, too.

          I also find it everywhere here, too, now. I was just downtown and the decor is up on the street! — I even saw “champagne toast” and “party dress” candle scents at Bath & Body Works… aren’t those NYE candles?

  9. Tanya Patrice

    Yes! That darn station that plays CHristmas music all season long has started already and I can’t resist listening to it on my way to work … while drinking Sunkin D pumpkin coffee! Hows that for mixing seasons 🙂

    Tanya Patrice

  10. Courtney Elizabeth

    Yes! I started as soon as the cold weather did. I like a nice variety, but Mariah Carey’s Merry Christmas gets the most plays.

    1. Very nice! I have heard Mariah mentioned quite a few times since posting this. I think she and Bing Crosby might dominate the holiday category. : )

  11. chantelle

    In Canada we start the Christmas stuff early since our Thanksgiving was the second week of October! I love it. And lots of people do their “12 weeks of Christmas” leading up to the 25th. It’s very normal across the border 😀

    1. I like the idea of the 12 weeks of Christmas! Do you tire of the music after that long? Or maybe mix in other types of music, too?

      1. chantelle

        I mostly just hear it when I’m out an about. Since I’m studying most of the time, I keep the apartment silent. I’m one of “those” people. Haha, but that doesn’t mean I don’t start decorating and checking out x-mas sweaters to buy! Heehee

  12. I’ve been noticing it…. but for me it tends to take a turn toward Holiday Blues rather than any sort of excited anticipation. I generally don’t travel home to visit my family for the holidays because I honestly would rather spend my time around people I enjoy spending time with for the holidays, but the reality is sometimes I don’t even end up having holiday plans because everyone else is busy with their families… So for me, it’s a dreaded depressing time for the year. :-/

    1. I’m sorry to hear, that, Nikkiana! I can imagine see what you mean about it be a difficult time. Have you found any other traditions you can start that might be a little unusual, but help to reframe the season?

      I’m not sure if it would help, but for a few years I was more excited about drafting my Future Letter than the holidays themselves… maybe something like that might be something you might like to consider adding or focusing on? I know it might not change much, but it is the first thing that I thought might help reframe the season. (

  13. Sometimes, at random in June, I’ll put on a little Christmas music. To me, it’s perfectly OK to celebrate Jesus’ birth whenever you want!

    Thanksgiving is later this year than last year, so those who only play it from Thanksgiving to Christmas will actually get less Christmas-music time in! I say go for it!

    1. Very nice! Does Eric join in? Or does he prefer to wait till the end of the year?

      And great point about Thanksgiving being later, I don’t think I thought about that when I was writing the post.

  14. Lyndsey

    Oh yes! Been listening since Halloween:)

      1. Lyndsey

        I love the classics like frank, bing and perry but Mariah Carey and Michael buble are tops for me too. I really enjoy amy grant as well. What about you?

  15. I usually listen to instrumental/classical Christmas music after Halloween, but then I’m open to mostly any other type of Christmas music after American Thanksgiving. I saw Santa at our mall the other day when I was out running an errand. Now that was just too much for me! 🙂

    1. I like that. Instrumental before, lyrics after!

      And yes, Santa already out in the mall? A little early, to me, but then again other people pointed out that Thanksgiving is late this year.

  16. Kristi

    I’ve been listening to holiday music for the past two weeks and just started burning pine scented candles in the house yesterday. xx

    1. Nice! I am burning my pre-Christmas scents, too. Where do you get your holiday candles from?

      1. Kristi

        Hi Jess! I’m burning ‘noble fir and cedar’ from Targets holiday collection and I love it!! I bought the big 3-wick, a smaller single-wick and the diffuser and am considering going back to pick up more…

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