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Turns out, we're not the only ones in the business of debating the right time to listen to Christmas music.  The fine folks at Buzzfeed covered the phenomenon last year and even polled their audience.   And they're saying that the traditional date (right after Thanksgiving) is the right date.   From this piece published on November 25th last year:
But the winning entry, with 40% (or about 14,000) votes, was “The day after Thanksgiving.”
40% is a pretty convincing number.  But, we're not traditionalists and that's why the countdown clock shows just 35 days left today.  Head over to our homepage to tune into the countdown - and share it - here.

Attention Christmas music nerds:  The calendar may, indeed, say May.  But that doesn't mean it isn't time to interrupt your inboxes about Christmas music.  Check out the homepage of the "Can I Listen to Christmas Music?" project and you'll find a brand, spanking-new countdown clock.

We upgraded the clock this year to make it a responsive object and one that you can embed in your friendly blog or tumblr or what-have-you, if you are so inclined.  And...being subscribed to a Christmas Music countdown site, me thinks you're inclined.

Check it out here.  We've also pasted the official CILTCM countdown clock below, too, but we're not sure it will show up in email.   You *might* need to click here to see the clock in this full post.  Otherwise, enjoy below:

This year, we've called the *official* CILTCM date/time for Christmas music.  It is Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at 6:00 am Central Standard Time.  That gives us 10 hours after the close of Trick-or-Treating on Halloween to transition over and - without shame - start thinking about, and listening to Christmas music.

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Halloween is over.  This is your annual reminder that Christmas music is NOW permissible across the United States.  Should you be blasting it and going crazy?  Probably not.  We mean...it is ONLY November 1st for crying out loud.  But if you want to?  Go ahead.  Put on the Bing Crosby.  The 'all-Christmas' station won't turn over for a bit, so here's one of our favorites, Bob Dylan doing "Must be Santa".

No.  You can't.

Don't even think about putting on the Bing Crosby. It's NOT fine.

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Welcome to the Official "Can I Listen to Christmas Music?" Project site

Yep. That's right. We're the folks who decide when it is *officially* A-OK to listen to Christmas tunes each year. Join us by either subscribing to our email newsletter in the box above, sharing this site on your favorite social network (using the buttons on the right above), or by "Liking us" over on our offical Christmas Music countdown Facebook page!

So, Why the need for a countdown?

There's this notion of "Christmas Creep" that some call 'exploitative', but I frankly welcome. I'm Jake Parrillo, the founder of the CILTCM Project, and I've written about the Christmas Creep phenomenon on my blog over the years. I'm totally fine with Christmas stuff (decorations, etc) to be in stores well before Halloween, but I do draw the line on music. I've long said that "Thanksgiving needs a new PR person" because the moment that we close the door on the final trick-or-treater on Halloween night, our house turns our attention to the holidays. And by holidays, I mean Christmas. And that means that the Christmas movies come out. The Christmas playlists get dusted off on Google Music. But, let's not abuse this stuff. Wait for it. Like civilized people do.

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