Opinion

OPINION: November is far too early for Christmas carols

CALL me Scrooge but the fewer Christmas carols I hear this year the better.

I am not here to kerb stomp the Christmas spirit but I find it very hard to get excited for the festive season a month out from the big day.

Candy canes, reindeer-covered crackers and Christmas specials hit supermarket shelves more than a month ago which simply drags Christmas out to a two or three month long chore.

I can do without Jingle Bells or Here Comes Santa Clause in the middle of November, but thanks largely to shopping centres (and media to a lesser extent) that decision is firmly taken out of my hands.

I've been anti-November-Christmas-Carols for at least a decade.

In another time of my life November 30 signified the start to my busiest month of the year.

Like most teenagers who had a job I worked in retail, and as soon as it hit December 1 the play button was pressed on the company's sole Christmas CD.

Whether they were traditional carols sung by some of music's biggest names or the dreadful Australian carols, the maximum 15-track CD sat on "repeat all" until Boxing Day.

There is nothing worse.

Most people in retail would agree they can't wait until the end of the Christmas rush.

You get the usual adrenalin rush when it is busy but the hundreds of overly stressed parents pushing trolleys full of presents and dragging small, screaming children takes its toll (keep that in mind when you shop).

I'm not one of those overly-stressed characters but my gift shopping does not start until the final week leading up to Christmas, not the final week of October, and I can do a few days of carols but not a whole month.

When do you think is the right time for Christmas carols? Tell us below.

Topics:  carols, christmas, opinion, santa



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