Random Thoughts: the Christmas music timeline


Hanl Brown

Staff reporter Aden McClune shares his perspective on various issues in his weekly column, Random Thoughts.

Aden McClune, Staff Reporter

Christmas music is a hotly debated topic that seems to crop up even around Halloween. When should it be played? What constitutes a “Christmas” song? What about Thanksgiving? Fear not. The ultimate verdict is about to be delivered.

Most Christmas music, specifically the classics, (Bing Crosby, etc.) should be played as soon as Nov. 1 hits. There are several reasons for this. One; there is no such thing as Thanksgiving music, therefore Christmas music should be played to fill the gap. Two; not everyone or every country celebrates Thanksgiving at the same time, or at all. Canada has Thanksgiving in the second week of October, and this key American holiday is (shocking) foreign to most of the world. 

Holiday tunes are also key to getting in the festive spirit. This is anecdotal, but some of my favorite Christmas memories are listening to the car radio play Christmas classics with my parents on long drives. They’re a centerpiece of American culture, and some hit songs are played even throughout the world.

Christmas movies, however, are a separate issue. 

These should be played during the week of Christmas. Films like Christmas Vacation, and Home Alone can only be really enjoyed during that time. They’re fresh in your mind, and you’re ready to watch them next year.