What's the earliest time a store should play Xmas Music?

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Before Halloween
0
No votes
Halloween
0
No votes
All Saint's Day
0
No votes
November 15th
1
2%
American Thanksgiving (Also known as the REAL ONE, OHH BURN, not really)
3
6%
Black Friday
11
21%
The Monday After Black Friday
2
4%
December 1
25
47%
Midway Through December
4
8%
Later
7
13%
 
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What's the earliest time a store should play Xmas Music?

Postby King Kool » 26 Nov 2012, 10:31

We just got Christmas music at work (thankfully, it's not ALL Christmas music, it's mixed in with the pop). We got it on Sunday. How early do YOU think Christmas music should be played?
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Re: What's the earliest time a store should play Xmas Music?

Postby Dubious_wolf » 26 Nov 2012, 10:34

SHOULD be December 1st.

However I'm willing to say that black friday is a socially acceptable start to the xmas season and thus music could be played at this time.
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Postby Valkyrie-Lemons » 26 Nov 2012, 10:37

Dec 1st at the earliest.

I'm officially not talking about the "C" word until then.

The music isn't so bad, but the adverts...BUY GOD THE ADVERTS! Start WAY to early. I like "C Word" as a family occasion, and non religious as I'm an atheist, but I just hate the commercialization of it all.

Also, really bad "C Word" hits can go and die. Traditional songs, the occasional goods ones "Merry "C Word" Everyone" by Slade for example) or the "Sailor Moon sings "C Word"" only please!


EDIT: I would agree with the person above me if we had Black Friday here in the UK, since Black Friday is normally around a month away from "C Word" right?
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Postby Angnor » 26 Nov 2012, 10:39

12/24/3025, at the earliest.
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Re: What's the earliest time a store should play Xmas Music?

Postby Metcarfre » 26 Nov 2012, 10:44

I will begrudgingly accept Christmas music on December 1st, and no earlier.

Please recall Thanksgiving (being in November)/Black Friday (in this context) is an exclusively American thing.
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Postby King Kool » 26 Nov 2012, 10:55

Edited the poll to reflect SICK BURN.
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Postby Elomin Sha » 26 Nov 2012, 11:13

I voted Later because it was the closest to Never available.
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Postby DuelLadyS » 26 Nov 2012, 11:16

I picked November 15th- this is based solely on the volume of said songs, though- the more Christmas music you want in the mix, the later it needs to start. A song or two in mid-november is OK, a full-blown yuletide mix is not.
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Re: What's the earliest time a store should play Xmas Music?

Postby Valliac » 26 Nov 2012, 11:23

As someone who worked in retail, never seems fine, but...

Dec 1 at the earliest. Christmas is a December thing, not before.
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Re: What's the earliest time a store should play Xmas Music?

Postby Yaxley » 26 Nov 2012, 11:27

I voted for Black Friday because that is, in my mind, the absolute earliest stores should be marketing for Christmas.

It would never happen, but I'd vote for Never if I could. I only ever worked retail at Christmas for 2 weeks and if I ever have to hear the song "Santa Baby" again, I will commit unspeakable acts.
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Re: What's the earliest time a store should play Xmas Music?

Postby Metcarfre » 26 Nov 2012, 11:30

I heard that Mariah Carey Christmas song last week and it made me super mad in the grocery store.
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Re: What's the earliest time a store should play Xmas Music?

Postby Foxmar » 26 Nov 2012, 11:30

Dec. 1 at the earliest but I know when I worked at Walmart they started playing it on Halloween.
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Re: What's the earliest time a store should play Xmas Music?

Postby Merrymaker_Mortalis » 26 Nov 2012, 11:35

Dec 1st because Flack Briday doesn't exist in Britain.
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Postby King Kool » 26 Nov 2012, 11:37

metcarfre wrote:I heard that Mariah Carey Christmas song last week and it made me super mad in the grocery store.


I love that song!

But yeah, that's a little early.
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Re: What's the earliest time a store should play Xmas Music?

Postby Metcarfre » 26 Nov 2012, 11:52

Really? Oh man, all my hate for that song.
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Re: What's the earliest time a store should play Xmas Music?

Postby Evil Jim » 26 Nov 2012, 11:58

I vote the week of Christmas (or mid-December, on the poll.) I really wish it was just a holiday for those whom it directly affects & not some global shopping extravaganza.

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Re: What's the earliest time a store should play Xmas Music?

Postby King Kool » 26 Nov 2012, 12:00

Met: wait, do you mean All I Want For Christmas Is You or some other song?

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Postby Metcarfre » 26 Nov 2012, 12:02

Yeah, that one.
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Re: What's the earliest time a store should play Xmas Music?

Postby King Kool » 26 Nov 2012, 12:04

Hah, I made you listen to a few seconds of it.

I LOVE that song. It's one of the only Christmas songs I can tolerate pretty much whenever.
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Re: What's the earliest time a store should play Xmas Music?

Postby Lord Hosk » 26 Nov 2012, 12:09

I dont think people really have a problem with christmas as a subject for music... The problem is that there are only like 15 songs that get played over and over for so long. Its worse than when we had top 40 at work, When I was at the hotel for 8 hours at night I would hear the same 10 songs repeated at least 8 times. 8 hours, 3 minutes per song is the average pop song, should be 150-160 songs, nope.
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Re: What's the earliest time a store should play Xmas Music?

Postby AlexanderDitto » 26 Nov 2012, 12:32

I actually really love Christmas, so I'd say any time after American Thanksgiving (which shouldn't be erased) is fine. December 1st would be a nice start date, but Black Friday is a huge Christmas shopping day for stores so that's probably when it's going to end up being.

The main problem is this:

Lord Hosk wrote:I dont think people really have a problem with christmas as a subject for music... The problem is that there are only like 15 songs that get played over and over for so long. Its worse than when we had top 40 at work, When I was at the hotel for 8 hours at night I would hear the same 10 songs repeated at least 8 times. 8 hours, 3 minutes per song is the average pop song, should be 150-160 songs, nope.


This is ridiculous and unacceptable and stupid. There's no reason this needs to be true, which is why I hold that we should do away with all of this shitty pop christmas music and switch to strictly instrumental/orchestral/standard works. Rotate by hours: one hour can be Christmas-y Classical music, the next can be Jazz interpretations of Christmas tunes, maybe some Dixieland verisions, then an hour of standards. Heck, just play Irving Berlin for an hour.

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Postby Metcarfre » 26 Nov 2012, 12:36

Ol' Blue Eyes singing "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" gets me every time.
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Re: What's the earliest time a store should play Xmas Music?

Postby Dubious_wolf » 26 Nov 2012, 12:36

Ok this is what REALLY irritates me.
I just heard 3 different remixes of "all I want for Xmas" IN A ROW. >:( this is not acceptable.
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Re: What's the earliest time a store should play Xmas Music?

Postby EikoandMog » 26 Nov 2012, 12:50

My store is apparently trying to ease us in to it as well as it's mixing good music with the christmas music. On the plus side, they're decent ones like this one, a personal favourite of mine. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yN4Uu0OlmTg
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