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I’ve Been De-Scrooged

I’ve started to listen to Christmas music – on purpose. This habit started in December of 2011. Last year I purchased three Christmas CD’s – again, on purpose. I don’t know why but I’ve seem to have gotten into the spirit of things.

White Christmas, 1995 re-release CD album cover
White Christmas, 1995 re-release CD album cover (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Before, I would usually, quickly, change the radio station if it were to play Christmas music, outside of a week from Christmas. This probably stemmed from that fact that each year I’ve been alive it seems the playing of these traditional songs have started earlier and earlier and earlier. I made the comment a couple of weeks ago that someone needs to get on writing some Thanksgiving songs. Any takers?

  1. Grandma Got Ran Over By a Turkey!
  2. We Wish You a Happy Thanksgiving (Now Bring Us Our Cranberry Sauce.)
  3. Silent Day (The Nap Song)
  4. The Seven Days of Leftovers
  5. Do You Smell What I Smell?

I think that might be a good start. What do you think?

This year I broke out the Christmas CD’s this past Friday. Can you believe this? One whole day before the month of December. I’ve put the tree up, according to my definition of “putting the tree up”. (It is a white, artificial tree, with built in lights. No skirt or ornaments on yet. I feel the need to not want to make myself want to punch my cat in the face, so I will wait to put that stuff on.) I was told the other day “If the ornaments aren’t on, then your tree isn’t up.” I will politely disagree.

So, I’m wondering, what is wrong with me? Or even, is there something wrong with me? No more “Scrooge” behavior. I find myself saying “Merry Christmas“, where I used to say “Happy Holidays”. I mean, these aren’t “Holiday” songs, are they? I don’t think so, at least not any more. Also, being in charge of the Church bulletin was especially exciting this week. I receive an e-mail every Wednesday from the Church Chorister that includes the hymns for the upcoming Sunday. I didn’t look at it closely until yesterday.

Mormon LDS Music
MoTab (Mormon Tabernacle Choir) (Photo credit: More Good Foundation)

I was excited when I typed in the opening and closing hymns, Joy to the World and Oh, Come, All Ye Faithful. I wasn’t excited just because I actually know these songs (I don’t know the hymns very well yet) but also because they are Christmas songs. Christmas songs are always happy and uplifting. I won’t feel like such a moron while singing these songs. Heck, I even sing along to the CD’s in the truck – as long as I’m by myself, of course. I think I’m becoming a big softy. Even more so than before.

What is your opinion about Christmas music? Is there a set date that is acceptable to start listening to it?

Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas. ~ Calvin Coolidge

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Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. ~ Luke 2: 14

22 thoughts on “I’ve Been De-Scrooged

    1. Yeah, I agree. I have a Christmas Rock CD I bought last year that I’m very disappointing in. I’d say The Sing-Off Christmas album is my favorite. My mom likes the Celine Dion one, which I refuse to listen to.

  1. Good for you for being cheerful and loving the Christmas music! And your suggestions for Thanksgiving songs are spot on! I,too, love Christmas music. It can play from Thanksgiving to February 16, and I never tire of it. Why February 16? Because that’s our son’s birthday, and I was just too darn busy to get the tree down one year, so we took it down on his birthday. The lights were on every day, and I played Christmas music every day. The neighbors couldn’t see it, so my husband didn’t have a cow. I left it up until Feb. 16 every year after that (until he moved out). While everyone else was suffering from winter doldrums, it was still cheerful at our house. 🙂

    1. Yeah, I think you and my mom would get along great. She has about three trees up right now. I’d agree with your husband. As long as other people can’t see it, it would be okay….like riding a moped.

  2. A soon as the Thanksgiving Day feast is consumed, the Christmas songs may begin. Ever since 9/11 there is one Christmas carol that gets overplayed in my opinion, “Have yourself A Merry Little Chirstmas.” I think this is a depressing song and I do change the radio station every time they start playing it, which seems to be about every 4 songs.

  3. This year is a strange year for me in that I hadn’t switched my car radio to the all-Christmas-music station till this morning. Normally, I switch it sometime on Thanksgiving and, really, I could listen to Christmas music all year long. It’s just so happy and makes me feel good! 🙂

      1. I’ve got some old Chipmunks Christmas tapes that I’ve been known to pop in in the middle of summer. My kids are always delighted. My husband, less so. I think he’d rather listen to the commercial breaks on the radio than the tapes I have in my car. 🙂

  4. I like a few Christamas songs, but I really only enjoy them fully while doing Christmas activities like putting up the tree, making cookies for Santa, or exchanging gifts. I am bitter though because Jack and Ace won’t allow me to have a tree. They eat it and then play baseball with the ornaments.

    1. Making cookies for Santa? Does he still visit you? Don’t worry, I still believe too. Jack and Ace are awesome cat names. I once had a cat named Jack. Many people thought that it was a peculiar name for a cat but I thought it sounded very presidential. And I know what you mean. Luckily mine is close enough to where I sit so I can “distract” Mini from getting too involved with it. I still don’t have any ornaments up yet.

      1. Thanks, I didn’t purposefully name them those names to sound like a card game, and I certainly don’t plan on acquiring a royal flush of cats, but I love their names. Jack really IS presidential sounding, although he doesn’t act it.

        I found out that my parents are “Santa” a long time ago, but it’s nice to pretend.

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