“Is it too early for Christmas music?”

“Dear artists who release holiday albums today: I HATE YOU”

“I’m downloading this Christmas album, when is it appropriate to begin listening to it?”

There’s no doubt about it, the holidays are coming! I’ve watched my various social media streams become full of comments about holiday music, and I will admit, yesterday I sat down and played some holiday tunes at the piano.

While I may already be mixing holiday music into my personal musical life, I tend to hold off until the second week of December before introducing it in sessions unless specifically requested. To me, holiday music is special, and I like to limit it to just that time of year.

What are your thoughts? When is it “legal” to pull out your holiday tunes? Personally? Professionally? Share some of your favorite holiday tunes in the comments!