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When Do You Play Holiday Tunes?

computer screen showing a christmas music playlist

It is either the best time of year or the worst time of year, but whether you like it or not, holiday music is hitting the airwaves. While you prepare to get your “Jingle Bell Rock” on, let’s take a look at how CSU students feel about holiday jams.

Some students cannot get enough of holiday music. The moment “Baby It’s Cold Outside” comes on, they grab their onesie and hot cocoa mugs and turn up the radio to full blast.

“Holiday songs bring back so much childhood memories,” said health and exercise major Danielle Quintana.

“From staying up late Christmas Eve waiting on Santa to those late nights of just watching holiday movies, to the food, to laughter, to opening gifts, and most important family. These are the days I crave for each year and I can’t wait to spend the holidays with my loving family.”

However, not everyone gets the warm and fuzzies every time “Let It Snow” hits the radio. Some people think that holiday music has a time and place, and that time and place should be right around the holiday season.

“I think that Christmas music has begun to start playing too early,” said music major Caleb Smith. “There are other holidays to celebrate before it. Sure, there are no Thanksgiving songs, but that doesn’t mean we get to skip right to Christmas. If we start too early, it becomes less special, and I like to celebrate Christmas music on Christmas Day.”

It is a polarizing debate, but it seems that for many stations, Nov. 1 is the first day of the holiday music season.

Which side are you on: the team that plays holiday music through November and most of December, or the team that plays holiday music starting a week before and not a minute after the holidays?

Either way, whenever you decide to turn on the holiday tunes, here is a playlist to get you in the holiday mood.

Our Holiday Playlist:

  • “Jingle Bell Rock” – Daryl Hall and John Oates
  • “Sleigh Ride” – The Ronettes
  • “White Christmas” – Bing Crosby
  • “Where Are You Christmas” – Faith Hill
  • “Silver Bells” – Brooklyn Jazz Trio
  • “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” – Michael Buble
  • “Do You Hear What I Hear?” – Mary J. Blige and Jessie J
  • “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” – Frank Sinatra
  • “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” – Josh Groban
  • “I Saw Three Ships (Come Sailing In)” – Christmas Piano Music
  • “Baby It’s Cold Outside” – Idina Menzel and Michael Buble
  • “All I Want For Christmas Is You” – Mariah Carey