When Does Christmas Start?

Recently I was having a conversation with my roommates about playing Christmas music right after Halloween or waiting until after Thanksgiving or December. I take a very hard stance that  Three out of four of my roommates agreed that Christmas music should wait until Thanksgiving is over. My last roommate is a very strong believer in Christmas music as soon as the calendar flips to November.

I personally cannot listen to Christmas songs for more than a month. Sure they’re great, I’m known to rock out to “Carol of the Bells”, but only in December. See, Thanksgiving deserves its month of fame without being skipped over a trodden down by Christmas music. Almost all other holidays don’t have songs that are played nonstop for a month, so why does November need that?

Needing more input, I took to social media to ask my friends, family, and random acquaintances when they thought Christmas or the holiday season started. I gave two options, “After Halloween” or “December”.

In the end, I had 30 Instagram votes, in favor of December at 60% of the votes.

Twitter came out at 17 votes with December also leading, but at a closer margin of 53%

As every good researcher can, I found some flaws in my experiment. In hindsight, I wish I would have made “After Thanksgiving” a choice instead of “December”, but hey close enough. I also wish I had asked, “When is it was acceptable to play Christmas music”. I would have either changed the original question of “When does the Christmas/holiday season start” to that, or added it as a follow-up to see if it would give different results. My final wish would have been to have write-in options for other holidays that people celebrate besides Christmas, but unfortunately only Facebook offers that feature.

Whatever holidays you celebrate and whenever you celebrate them, enjoy the winter season and the great breaks we get from school!