Listening To Christmas Songs Too Early May Effect Your Mental Health
Halloween has come and gone and now Thanksgiving’s unbelievably close. This can only mean one thing — full-blown Christmas pandemonium. At this time, we are all dreading the switch over to Holiday tunes.
Although retailers feel the need to bust out the Mariah Carey Christmas album way before you’re done eating your turkey dinner, research has shown that listening to these holiday songs may have an effect on your overall mental health. You might be surprised by the findings. Read on to find out more.
It’s sabotaging your Christmas spirit.
The Holiday Season Is Suddenly upon Us
The holiday season is built on gift-giving and retail sales are expected to exceed monumental proportions. Earnings from this time of year is meant to sustain retailers for the rest of the year! Consumers are expected to spend over $1 trillion between the months of November and January, which is one pretty penny.
It turns out that your spending may be fuelled by something more than what’s in your wallet. Retailers have some serious tricks up their sleeves.
Some People Start Preparing Before Fall Arrives
It seems as if we are patiently waiting for the holiday season all year. It’s no surprise that retailers start putting out their Christmas displays once the leaves begin to fall. Some consumers start thinking about their Christmas trimmings as soon as September, and retailers aim to cater to these demands.
Thus the inevitable Christmas music begins, sometimes far before the first snowfall. Although this should have us feeling jolly and bright, it may be doing the exact opposite.
Christmas Sales Are Pushed on Us with Force
Feeling put-off by Christmas banners, decorations, and sales by mid-October? You’re not alone. Pre-holiday sales are proven to tick consumers off, and this persistent reminder of the coming holiday can even lead consumers to avoid buying a product out of annoyance.
The most obnoxious sales tactic of all? Christmas songs long before they are appropriate. We’re talking middle of October or by the first week of November. That’s when people hate it the most.
The Christmas Music Debate Has Long Been Divided
Unless you are literally the Grinch, you enjoy sitting by a fire and enjoying a Christmas carol or two. Along with watching your favorite ’90s Christmas movies, it’s welcoming to some even in the earliest days of the holiday. Although it is meant to lift your spirits, many people groan at the thought of hearing it in November.
These party poopers may be onto something and one British psychologist agrees that early Christmas music can actual cause harm. Say whaaaaaat?
One Psychologist Insists That Endless Carols Are Harmful
A British psychologist named Linda Blair (no, not the possessed child from The Exorcist) has come forward with the truth about being exposed to too much Christmas music. Being exposed to constant holiday tunes encourages you to “buy presents, cater parties, organize travel, and all the more stressful chores during Christmas,” she stated.
This can take a serious toll on your mental health. That’s right, we heard the big “s” word that doctors are warning us about!
Christmas Music Can Be Mentally and Emotionally Exhausting
It’s almost impossible not to stress out during the holiday season — especially financially. Listening to Christmas tunes is just a reminder of all the money that you need to spend and people you need to feed. “You’re simply spending all of your energy trying not to hear what you’re hearing,” Blair stated.
Retailers take full advantage of this mental anguish as soon as possible. Besides stress eating, there’s such a thing as stress shopping too!
Stores Have Their Eyes on the Prize
Don’t be surprised when you hear “Jingle Bells” at the beginning of November. Retailers know exactly how these nostalgic Christmas carols work on our brains — and our spending. Retailers turn up the Christmas music earlier and earlier each year, in an effort to get you in the holiday spirit and shellin out more money.
More money means more profits for everyone but you! Before we know it, they’ll be busting out the Holiday tunes in August! Alright, maybe not that soon.
This Sales Tactic Has a Fitting Name
The use of Christmas music long before Santa arrives is known as the “Christmas Creep.” Stores are constantly pushing us to get the next big product or take advantage of a holiday deal, and many of us are falling for it. Early Christmas tunes are making us spend, but its hurting employees even more than our pockets.
Can you imagine working an 8-10 hour shift every day, listening to “Jingle Bells” practically on repeat for two full months?!
Retail Workers Are Most at Risk for a Meltdown
Consumers may find early Christmas music annoying but retail employees really take the brunt of the mental strain. Hearing the same holiday songs in an endless loop can make it hard for employees to “tune it out” and makes them “unable to focus on anything else,” stated Blair.
Another factor? This music reminds employees of the daunting holiday crowds, which would make anyone go crazy. It’s hard enough working in retail, now they need to experience higher stress levels and possibly high blood pressure as a result?
Best Buy Set a Christmas Music Record
The major retailer Best Buy began to play holiday tunes on October 22nd this year — an entire week before Halloween even arrived. Sears and Kmart followed suit on November 1st, and it seems the list of retailers that are holding off on Jingle Bells is dwindling, overloading us with Christmas cheer long before we are ready.
It’s a pattern that will likely have every store on board by next year so get used to hearing how “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” way earlier than you’d like.
Some Stores Aren't Looking to Bombard You
Luckily, a few major retailers are not in any rush when it comes to Christmas music. A select few stores such as Publix, Target, and Dunkin Donuts are among the stores that have vowed they will be waiting until November 24th to switch over their soundtracks.
Although some retailers still wait until Black Friday to break out the Christmas carols, this is no longer the norm. Bring on the moans and groans of the people who despise when they’re reminded of Christmas too early.
Repetitive Songs Are the Most Irritating
“The one I have in mind is ‘The 12 Days of Christmas.’ Once I’m at the third day, I’m counting how many days are left. You don’t want any songs that feel like they last for 12 days,” stated Danny Turner, the programming executive at Mood Media.
People just don’t want to be force-fed Christmas music before it is absolutely necessary and many consumers get annoyed by the forwardness of retailers. Although we should know by now that retailers know no boundar when it comes to making a sale.
Consumers Have Spoken and We Want Stores to Wait
A poll conducted by the Tampa Bay Times asked consumers when they would prefer to start hearing Christmas music. The results are telling. Over 54% of survey takers admit they would prefer to wait until after Thanksgiving before enjoying some holiday tunes and another 24% would prefer after December 1st.
Only 11% of people don’t mind listening to it anytime, ever! That goes to show that as soon as Thanksgiving is over, the majority of people are then willing to bring on the Christmas music.
No Need to Rush, Carolers
Christmas is most definitely on its way. Take the time to trim your tree or bake holiday goodies if it makes you happy but wait on blasting Christmas songs if you can help it. It’s one thing to get in the Christmas spirit but it’s just downright daunting to be reminded of all that’s left to do before December 25th.
If you want to listen to Christmas music at your own will, better that it’s not shoved down your eardrums at every store and restaurant. It’s time to keep Christmas tunes where they belong, for the sake of our mental health.