Question of the Week: December 1, 2015


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I’m a musician, and I’ve been rehearsing for two months for a December 18 Christmas concert at church. But outside rehearsal, I hadn’t turned on any Christmas music until this week–even though there’s a local radio station that’s been all-Christmas all the time since mid-November. (And regarding traditional carols: the director of our concert refuses to rehearse those until Advent begins, claiming it’s just too soon to play “Hark the Herald Angels Sing”–even just for practice.)

How early is too early to listen to Christmas songs and carols?

Please share your answers and experiences in the comment box below.


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Barb Szyszkiewicz is a wife, mom, Secular Franciscan, managing editor for Today's Catholic Teacher magazine and editor at Her three children range in age from high school to young adult, and she enjoys writing, cooking, and reading. Barb is a music minister at her parish and an avid Notre Dame football and basketball fan. Find her blog at FranciscanMom and her family’s favorite recipes with nutrition information for diabetics at Cook and Count.


  1. I refuse to do anything Christmas related until after Thanksgiving. But I don’t get into the full Christmas spirit util the first Sunday of Advent. There is nothing that get’s me more ready for Christmas than the lighting of the manger in front of the church and the Advent wreath next to the altar. It is a good way to keep Christ in Christmas.

    Happy Advent!

  2. Our family listens to Mary Did You Know all year ’round. However, we would never consider listening to Frosty or White Christmas until the day after Thanksgiving. In our home, it truly doesn’t feel like the Christmas season until our Advent decorations and our empty manger are in place.

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