A new poll asked Americans about Christmas music and holiday decorations.
WHY IT MATTERS – From blinking lights on your neighbors’ homes to Christmas music piped into stores and restaurants, you cannot escape the holiday season in America.
TOO LATE? – The poll asked 1,023 U.S. adults when people should take down their Christmas or holiday decorations.
- 3 percent – Day after Christmas
- 10 percent – The week between Christmas and New Year’s Day
- 48 percent – The first week in January
- 23 percent – Later in January
- 7 percent – After January
- 3 percent – Leave them up all year long
TOO SOON? – The poll also asked when it was appropriate to start playing Christmas music in public.
- 6 percent – Between Halloween and Thanksgiving
- 56 percent – After Thanksgiving
- 25 percent – After Dec. 1
- 6 percent – One week before Thanksgiving
- 4 percent – Never
TOO ANNOYING? – The poll also asked participants what Christmas song they found the most annoying. The top responses were:
- 12 percent – All I want for Christmas Is You
- 6 percent – Jingle Bells
- 5 percent – Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer
- 4 percent – All Christmas songs
(An additional 3 percent chose “All Mariah Carey songs.”)
BOTTOM LINE – Most Americans want the holiday season contained to between Thanksgiving and early January.
GO DEEPER –
- Ipsos Poll Results – Three Quarters Agree Most Americans Have Forgotten the Real Meaning of Christmas
- (If you dare…) Mariah Carey – All I Want for Christmas, Is You