New Report ⁠— Christmas Music Is Bad for Your Mental Health

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Sick of all the Christmas music you hear this time of year? You’re not alone ⁠— it may even contribute to a decline in mental health.

British clinical psychologist Linda Blair says she believes it causes stress triggers. Listening to Christmas music on loop in the car or at stores reminds people of all their daily stresses. It’s a reminder of all the things that need to be done before the holidays arrive.

With stores starting their Christmas music barrage in early November, the stress period is getting longer.

“You’re simply spending all of your energy trying not to hear what you’re hearing,” she says.

Blair says workers in retail stores are most at-risk for being mentally drained by Christmas music. Hearing the same songs over and over makes it hard for employees to focus on tasks at hand.

Blair says the solution is to stop playing Christmas music so early. More prolonged exposure to the cheery tunes causes a mental drain for employees and irritates shoppers.  Unfortunately, Christmas music is now arriving before Halloween: Best Buy, for example, started playing holiday music on October 22 this year. Other stores such as Sears, Ulta, and Michaels followed suit just a few days later.

An impromptu poll from the Tampa Bay Times asked people when it is appropriate to play holiday music. More than 54% of respondents said the music is only fitting after Thanksgiving. More surprising is that 11% of respondents said any time after Halloween is just fine. They’re tied with the people who love Christmas music any time of the year.

Songs like the ’12 Days of Christmas’ have morphed into the ’65 Days of Christmas’ for those people. All kidding aside, seeing retail outlets start up the holiday cheer earlier and earlier is exhausting. I’ve opted for grocery pick-up out of habit to avoid this time of year ⁠— the unstated benefit is no Jingle Bells blasting in my ears for an hour.

6 Responses

  1. S. Crooj

    It’s fucking awful. Same awful shit every year, needs to be a Spotify playlist titled “Yule Throw Up.”

  2. Anonymous

    I listen to Christmas music all year! It’s some of the best music ever written. Those that can’t enjoy it need to get a life and learn to appreciate the amazing great singers who are worth much more money than you ever will be. Nat, Crosby ect there are many greats look up their net work and ask yourself what you are doing wrong. Maybe your judgemental attitude is sabotaging your success and learning to appreciate great Christmas songs might open your heart soul and mind to new possibilities!

  3. David Parker

    Linda Blair (yes this is the same Linda Blair from the Excorcist movies) also did a study that found if you listen to Adam Sandler’s Hanukkah song 3 times while looking into a mirror, Sammy Davis Jr. appears and converts you to Judaism
    No Joke! For real. Try it.


    That “new report” has been around for two or three years, and I have yet to be able to find it. I have seen countless references to it the last few Novembers, none of which actually link to the study or the data. All roads seem to lead back to a story in The Independent (I think, I’m not retracing those steps right now) where Blair was interviewed.