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Christmas Music and Your Partner

By December 17, 2012

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There's a lot of holiday-themed posts via my Facebook friends of late, but none that grabbed my attention as much as one about Christmas music. Without breaking any confidences, the person posting stated they love this time of year and the happy feelings it engenders in many of us, but that if they had to listen to one more Christmas tune from their partner's playlist, they'd go berserk.

What followed was a fun debate about what kinds of Christmas music was appropriate to share, and which tunes make us all cringe and wonder why we're in a relationship with the person enjoying said music in the first place. Some folks bemoaned the Celine Deon, Jessica Simpson and Justin Bieber Christmas CDs, while others suggested trying the holiday editions of Annie Lennox, Rat Pack and Putumayo. While I don't normally listen to Christmas music at all, I'm quite fond of Vince Guaraldi's A Charlie Brown Christmas, or Boney M's Christmas Album. For me, a tad odd, since these are both CDs that came out well before my time, and don't fall within my normal music-listening spectrum.

What about you? Do you enjoy listening to the same holiday tunes as your partner, or do you cringe each time they load their playlist, CD player or start signing along to the radio?

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December 17, 2011 at 7:58 am
(1) JJL says:

While my partner and I tend to use headphones when we play music because our tastes differ, at the holidays we find that our tastes overlap more. For example, we both like classical music during this season, so that music can fill the air in our home. And there are some areas where our distastes always overlap, including at Christmas — neither one of us can quite get into rap and hip-hop holiday songs, for instance.

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