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Is the Hype Around Christmas Music Overblown?

With the holiday season coming around and every store playing it, is it as bad as many say it is? I don’t think so.
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You know when it’s that time of year and suddenly everywhere you go there’s Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You” or something more classic from the likes of Frank Sinatra or Dean Martin playing? Yeah, that’s Christmas music. Some people say it’s awesome, but others think it’s a bit too much. I happen to fall into the first category.

See, while these songs make many folks feel all warm and cozy, hearing them all the time can be a bit too loud for some. It’s like hearing the same thing over and over again, and after a while, it’s not so fun anymore. And here’s the thing: not everyone celebrates Christmas, but during this time, it feels like that’s the only thing going on. For people who celebrate other holidays, hearing only Christmas songs can make them feel left out. Even before all of that, many people will still choose to listen to Christmas music before it’s even Thanksgiving, my family being one of them, still could and is a big turn-off towards the festive music.

Some folks also say that these songs aren’t what they used to be. Record companies just keep making more and more versions of the same old tunes, and they’re not as catchy as the originals. It’s like they’re just trying to make money, not really caring about the music.

Plus, these songs all seem to talk about the same stuff: snow, Santa and all that. It’s like they’re missing out on what really makes this time special for everyone. But hey, some folks really love these songs. They say it’s because the songs remind them of good times and bring everyone together. They think these songs make the holidays feel more cozy and nice.

Though it may seem the same songs keep having covers made of them, there still is hope for Christmas lovers. Many new artists are putting their own spin on the genre in hopes of creating a new classic. Artists such as Mariah Carey and Kelly Clarkson have released albums that have a mix of new and old. This may be appealing to the group of people around the holidays who steer clear of this music. 

In the end, whether Christmas music is too much depends on who you ask. Some love it, some don’t. Maybe the best thing would be to mix it up a bit and play different kinds of music that celebrate all the cool stuff about this time of year. That way, everyone can join in and have a great time, no matter what they celebrate. Because, really, the best thing about the holidays is bringing people together, and enjoying the warmth of the season with the people you love.

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Tristan Howard, Reporter
Hey, Y'all! I'm Tristan, a sophomore at Oakville, and this is my first year on The Prowl newspaper staff. I'm really excited to shed a little color on the talent around the school. I absolutely nerd out over theater and anything tech, but most of all journalism. I'm really looking forward to the stories that I come across this year.

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