November 1st is the annual day of the year that everyone and their cousin needs to give their opinion on when is the right time to start playing Christmas music.
I’m at a bit of a crossroads on this one.
Traditionally, the Christmas Music debate was decided by your local FM radio station. If you’re from Southeast Michigan that station was probably 100.3 WNIC with Jay Towers.
Part of me loves Christmas and Christmas music. It’s the time of year Michael Bublé probably makes 50% of his annual income. Personally, my favorite Christmas song is Bruce Springsteen’s rendition of “Santa Clause is coming to Town” but that’s neither here nor there.
The other part of me is a simple guy, who loves few things. Thanksgiving embodies most of those things. Football, Family, Friends and Food.
Friends – The Wednesday before Thanksgiving is the biggest bar night of the year. Everyone comes back to town for the (long) weekend. You get to see old friends in your local bar just absolutely plastered.
Family, Football & Food- Thanksgiving Thursday is like a Super Bowl walk through for Lions fans. Wake up and nurse your hangover until you can grab a beer (still looking for a sponsor) out of the fridge. During the parade, you just lightly graze so you don’t ruin your Thanksgiving Dinner (that is filling up the house with the aroma of food you did not have to help cook). Then, the Lions come on. The family sits around the living room together and yells at the TV for three hours, its a beautiful tradition. There has to be a guy who takes things too far and puts another family member in a bad mood (that’s usually me in my house).
Side note: It’s also not a Lions Thanksgiving Game if the announcers don’t bring up Dre Bly winning the coveted Galloping Gobbler in 2003.
Anyways, if the Lions win, its a good Thanksgiving, simple as that. If they don’t, everyone is a football analyst during Thanksgiving dinner, which also puts family members in a bad mood. The best part, there’s still 2 more games to watch.
After the day is done, you still have a 3 day weekend of shenanigans to look forward to.
Well, this is one got away from me. The point is, in a few short weeks we get Thanksgiving and then a few weeks later we get Christmas. Let’s just enjoy 2018 while we still have it. If that means you like Christmas music the day after Halloween, or prefer to wait until Black Friday (like me) or even wait till Christmas Eve, that’s up to you.