Sleigh bells ring, are you listening....to potentially too much Christmas music? While the debate has been raging for years as to when it is seasonally appropriate to start playing holiday music, there's been less public attention paid to the quantity of Christmas music one should consume.
Business Insider shared parts of an interview with psychologist Linda Blair on Sky News that looked at the effects of endless Christmas music on retail workers. She said that it is, in fact, mentally draining for workers to be inundated with constant holiday tunes.
"People working in the shops at Christmas have to [tune out] Christmas music, because if they don't, it really does stop you from being able to focus on anything else." As someone who worked retail during the holidays for many years and passed out ice skates at Christmas themed family fun park for one miserable year, this survey-size of one absolutely agrees.
But what about the casual listener? Can The Mistletoe Jam actually improve a shopping experience? Studies say yes. By blending the right mix of holiday sounds with holiday scents, stores are able to put potential customers in a better mood.
Hopefully the next phase of Blair's research includes suggested coping mechanisms for retail workers who are "simply spending all of your energy trying not to hear what you're hearing." But for folks out there who hate holiday music and now have some science to back up their argument, Christmas has arrived a little early.