Why I was always right about Christmas music

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Here’s one for the HR department (use the share button below!):

Clinical psychologist, Linda Blair, has stated that Christmas music just may be as annoying as you always thought it was (if you do not think Christmas music is obnoxious, my apologies).

So where does HR (Human Resources, but you knew that) come in, you ask.  Dr. Blair clarifies that “people working in shops at Christmas have to learn how to tune it out – tune out Christmas music – because if they don’t, it really does make you unable to focus on anything else.  You’re simply spending all your energy trying not to hear what you’re hearing.”  As she told Sky News, “it might make us feel that we’re trapped – it’s a reminder that we have to buy presents, cater for people, and organize celebrations.”

I’m already exhausted.

Here’s the thing, are you a shopper or a worker?  ‘Cause it’s different (but the same).  Notice Dr. Blair is referring to the effect on the worker, who endures relentless repetition of the same Pandora Christmas station over, and over, and over, until ads are their only relief.  There have also been studies of the effects of music on the shopper.  Whether the tunes inspire you, or strikes instant-irritation in your heart, apparently it can only get better.  Just add the scent of pine and customers might favor one store over another, especially if they can hum along to their favorite Christmas jingle while shopping (and smelling).

Ultimately, Christmas music is not going anywhere.  In general, people like to hear Christmas music while shopping for presents.  And I suppose this explains why, although it stresses out the workers, retail persists in the barrage of piped-in Christmas songs.

It is worth noting, since we are talking about quantity here (not the indisputable quality of all holiday tunes), that when stores start to play Christmas music is what really matters.  December?  Yes.  October? Nooooooooooo, please!

I’ll stop being a Scrooge now.  There are many benefits to listening to music.  But as is all-too-often the case, enjoy in moderation, even (especially?) Christmas music.  Be specific on your wish list of tunes, Santa just might misunderstand.

Beyond the music there are other risks and benefits to the holiday season.  The CDC has a comprehensive list (it’s hard to imagine anyone but me has looked at it in the last decade, but you never know).  There is also a song – apparently the CDC didn’t get the memo about the effects of Christmas music on mental health.  Here are some of my take a-ways:

  • Vacations are good for your health (at least temporarily).
  • Hosting in-laws is not good for your health (ever, but there’s hope).
  • Make sure your holiday food is properly cooked, and always unwrap gifts responsibly.
  • Oh, and look out for the treacherous aspects of decorating (all seasons, really) at home and at work.

Happy Holidays!  And maybe ask Santa for earmuffs (muffs is short for muffled Christmas music, right?)

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