Olivia Cattabriga / Art Director

Is November 1 too early for Christmas decorations and music? My answer to this age-old question is yes. The first day of November is way too early for Christmas music and a tad bit too early for Christmas decorations.

I feel like there is only one exception: if a business is entirely based around the holiday season. A few examples of these types of businesses are Christmas tree farms, The Jolly Christmas Shop, etc. These stores get the pass because they need to attract as many customers as possible to their store as early on to be able to make maximum profit.

Other than that, I shouldn’t be greeted by cardboard cutouts of Santa Claus holding a Coke and Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” when I walk into retail stores the day after Halloween. . When retail stores do this sort of thing it makes me want to go to another store, but I know I would just be in the  same situation. Perhaps instead of playing Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” they would be playing “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer.”

I understand that the holiday season is one of the most profitable times of the year for businesses, but making a whole bunch of money shouldn’t be what the holiday season is about. The holiday season should be about people coming together to celebrate everything they have done that year, to spend time with loved ones and to spread joy and happiness to others..

I believe that the earliest time that stores should be allowed to put up holiday decorations and play holiday tunes is a week before Thanksgiving. I think that this is an adequate amount of time for stores to be able to promote their products and their business. hen stores play holiday jams and put up holiday decor the day after Halloween, it is extremely annoying because I would really enjoy a gap between the two holidays.

Additionally, working in any major retail store during the holiday seasons is truly a scarring experience. Being employed at a major retail store during this season scars a person because you get stuck listening to Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” “Frosty the Snowman,” “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” and “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer” in what seems like an endless loop. These songs become annoying very quickly during a seven hour shift.

I would personally like a brief period of time between listening to “Spooky Scary Skeletons” and Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You.” Having a two to three week period of time without any sort of holiday-themed music seems like a very reasonable idea. Doing this will give everyone some time to breathe and not worry about the holidays.

DISCLAIMER: This article is the sole opinion of Andrew Chase

Andrew Chase can be contacted at achase@kscequinox.com

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