Friday, November 17, 2017

Uh-oh. The holiday music starts seeping in

by Lorna Barrett / Lorraine Bartlett / L.L. Bartlett

I admit it, I'm a sucker for the holidays. This year, I wasn't going to start listening to holiday music until the 18th (Hey, that's tomorrow!) That's the day of my first of two holiday craft shows where I sign books. This one is my favorite. I like the location, I always see a flood of people who zero in on my area just to find me!!!  (That doesn't happen ever in "real life.") They're looking for the latest book, and this year it's the paperback edition of Title Wave. (For some reason, nobody wants to buy the hardcover of the current book. They say, "I'll get it next year when it's in paperback.")

But (as usual) I digress. By the time I get home tomorrow, I'll be pooped, but ready to play Christmas music. Except ... it won't be for the first time this season. I kind of snuck it in last weekend during happy hour. Mr. L asked, "Will we get to hear 'regular' music before New Year's?" Um. Sure. Except ... once Thanksgiving comes, the gloves come off and it's holiday music all day long.  (Maybe I should just buy him a pair of earplugs.)

On a Facebook post, I mentioned a CD I'd gotten at a yard sale back in August, and my friend Liz suggested another album by the artist. I Googled it and it's uploaded on YouTube. The entire album. Wow. It turns out, I didn't care for it much, and was glad I hadn't spent $12 on it unheard. But I just left it on and more music played for the rest of the day. Wow. Good to know. So the other day, I was on Youtube and I typed "instrumental Christmas music" in the search box. Holy smoke! There's a huge cache of seasonal music there just asking to be clicked on. And since it's on autoplay, it plays all day long in the background. (I do have it on quietly so it won't "bother" Mr. L.)

They usually have something interesting to look at, too. Like a Christmas tree, a roaring (crackling) fire in the background with a cozy room and a big mug of cocoa in a pretty seasonal mug, or snow falling. I love it!

Tomorrow I will take my MP3 player and speaker and listen to holiday music while at the craft show, which helps the day go faster and puts people in a holiday mood. (The other vendors around me like it, too!)

So, when do you break out the holiday music?

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