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Wayyy too much of a good thing

December 19, 2006|by ERICA COLLIFLOWER

Christmas carols and other music of the holiday are everywhere, and I'm tired of it already.

I am tired of the music for two reasons: We've been hearing them since before Thanksgiving, and they are the same songs we've been hearing since, well, as long as I can remember.

We start hearing Christmas music around the middle of November. Evidently, this is supposed to boost spirits and make people excited for Christmas. It's probably related to marketing Christmas - to remind people that they need to start shopping and hoarding.

The early start would not be a big deal, but it doesn't stop and it gets annoying. Once it begins, you hear it everywhere, in the mall, in the elevator, at the dentist's office - everywhere. And, it's the same songs that have been played every year. It could be a different version, but they all start to sound the same after a while - even the wacky Christmas songs - or wacky versions.

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Who thought of doing a version of "Jingle Bells" with barking dogs? And consider "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer," which is equally as odd.

I have nothing against celebrating and getting into the Christmas spirit through music. I love the carols. However, when they are played over and over, they grate my nerves. Every once in a while some brave soul will try to put a new twist on a Christmas song that has been done 20 times before. Or, gasp, someone will even write a new song!

Alas, unless you would like to boycott shopping and basically become a hermit, there is no way to get around hearing it. But someone should record a new hit to replace "Winter Wonderland."

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