Christmas may be “the most wonderful time of the year,” but an English psychologist named Linda Blair has a warning about those holiday tunes.
Linda says that when Christmas music is played too early in the year — like right after Halloween — it causes people to become stressed out. This is due to the songs triggering all of the shopping and planning that comes with Christmas.
Essentially, playing music too early makes people anxious about everything they haven’t done to prepare for the holiday.
“Christmas music is likely to irritate people if it’s played too loudly and too early,” Linda told Sky News. “It might make us feel that we’re trapped — it’s a reminder that we have to buy presents, cater for people, organize celebrations.”
I’m definitely one of those people who waits until December to break out the Christmas songs. But for those who work in retail, they don’t have a choice as to when it starts! Linda notes that those working in shops are most affected by the music.
Of course, this varies from person to person. As you’ll see in the video below, many people are delighted by the sounds of Christmas music being played early in stores. Others admit that it does make them anxious about all the holiday chores that are creeping up.
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