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Old 12-05-2018, 09:05 AM   #1
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12-5-18 Question of the Day!

When do you start playing or listening to Christmas music?
Do you love Christmas music?
What is your favorite Christmas song?

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Old 12-05-2018, 10:20 AM   #2
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I recently ordered Josh Groban's "Noel" and it is just beautiful to listen to. "Silent Night" is a favorite of mine.
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I start listening to Christmas music the first Sunday in Advent. My favorite is 'O Holy Night".
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I used to buy a new tape..then CD...every year for Christmas. Now that my cars no longer have CD players, I don't do that, so I'm stuck listening to whatever the Sirius/XM stations or Pandora plays.

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Please Come Home for Christmas (The Eagles Version)
All I Want for Christmas (Mariah Carey....the Jimmy Fallon kid's instrument version)
Silver Bells
O Holy Night
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I enjoy Christmas music, but I start listening to it when they start playing it on the radio, which is from 1 December, so over the weekend!
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I start "listening" to Christmas music when stores start playing it. Which has become somewhere between halloween and thanksgiving.
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I love Christmas music, but I refuse to listen to/play it until the day after Thanksgiving. My favorite songs are The Christmas Waltz, O Holy Night (specifically the Josh Groban version), and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (specifically the Judy Garland version). I also really like You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch.
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Love Christmas music. I start listening to it on the way home from my sister's house after Thanksgiving dinner.
My favorite song is likely Gabriel's Message by Sting.
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I start listening to it when I get in my wifes car.
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I love Christmas music. We usually start playing our Christmas CDs on Thanksgiving weekend. I have too many favorites to name just one.
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This year I started listening to it on the radio, there are just 2 stations playing it before Thanksgiving, But only like 1 or 2 songs....but now I am listening to it more, specifically at home, as I am baking cookies today.



My favorites are the The Grinch, Do they know its Christmas and Kenny Loggins "Celebrate me home".

I know this isn't a Christmas song, but I like Dan Fogelberg "Same old Lang Syne"...
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I love Christmas music. I start listening to it after Thanksgiving dinner. My favorite song is Mary's Boy Child.
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I love Christmas music, but not before Thanksgiving. Usually around December 1st is when I will start listening to it. My favorite songs are Silent Night, O Holy Night (it has to be the Josh Groban version), Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas and Christmas Wrappings.
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