It’s purported to be “the most wonderful time of the year,” however for many individuals, the vacations are a nerve-racking time. 

For some folks, that stress may be compounded by the prevalent – and in some circumstances, inescapable – Christmas music. 

Though there hasn’t been any intensive analysis on the subject, a couple of surveys within the final decade have discovered that some portion of Americans don’t actually like Christmas music. 


An often-cited Consumer Reports survey from 2011 discovered that 23% of respondents stated they dread seasonal music across the holidays. 

Meanwhile, a 2017 survey by Soundtrack Your Brand discovered that 17% of U.S. consumers dislike Christmas music. That survey additionally discovered that 25% of retail workers in each the U.S. and the U.Okay. mixed say that Christmas music makes them really feel “less festive,” and 16% of retail workers say Christmas music “dampens their emotional well-being,” in keeping with the survey. 


Elaine Rodino, PhD, who’s in personal observe in State College, Pennsylvania, advised Fox News that music can have a big influence on folks, notably associated to their recollections and feelings.

For some folks, in the event that they really feel stressed by Christmas music, it may be as a result of the songs remind them of a foul reminiscence or unfavourable experiences from their previous, even way back to their childhoods, Rodino stated.

Mariah Carey performs her holiday smash hits at the Beacon Theatre on December 15, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Maroon Ent)

Mariah Carey performs her vacation smash hits on the Beacon Theatre on December 15, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Maroon Ent)
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“Music has a way of stirring emotions and memories,” Rodino advised Fox. “So in terms of Christmas, many people don’t have good memories of the holiday. And so it does stir up the not-so-good memories.”


Christmas music may turn into mentally draining, or worse, when its performed continuous for weeks on finish, in keeping with a report by Inc.

Holiday tunes will also be a reminder to some folks of all the opposite holiday-related stresses they could expertise, resembling shopping for presents, attending or internet hosting vacation events, gathering with kin, cooking the suitable meals or simply making an attempt to fulfill different folks’s expectations.

Rodino stated that people who find themselves feeling confused and pressured by expectations ought to “try to make it easier” on themselves.

“[Don’t] get so pulled into the requirements of decorating, sending greeting cards, how many gifts you have to buy for how many people,” Rodino stated. “All of these categories have easier ways of dealing with it without being a Grinch.”

“It’s taking more control and doing things as you feel can fit into your lifestyle,” she added.


Of course, if Christmas music stresses you out, you can keep away from listening to it when you’re at dwelling or within the automobile. However, if you’re on the mall or the grocery retailer and a nerve-racking music comes on, Rodino suggests placing your personal headphones or earbuds in and enjoying your personal music. 

“That would certainly drown out the other music,” Rodino stated. “And…realize the music is not making them do anything, it’s just creating a memory…and it’ll be gone as soon as they walk out of the store.”