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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.

You can find us and follow the CILTCM Project on Facebook.
You can also find us on the official "Can I Listen to Christmas Music" Google+ Page.

Who built the "Can I Christmas Music?" Project?

Hi there!  I'm Jake Parrillo.  And I love all things Christmas.  I guess you can say that it started when I met my wife Natalie.  Her family *does* Christmas.  I mean....really *does* Christmas.  Here's the crew on Christmas morning 2015:



I've covered all things "Vintage Christmas" here on my blog.

My whole outlook and perspective on Christmas changed when we were married and evolved even more when we had kids.  I mean...I'm all-in on Christmas.  From the Christmas trains to thinking about planning a 'Christmas closet' in our dream home.  To Christmas music.  Yes, Christmas music.

But, I wondered:  when is the right time to finally turn it on?  With Thanksgiving getting beaten up badly in the PR department by Halloween lately, it seems that the Christmas season can now - without guilt - start the day after on November 1st.

That's why I built this site.  To get everybody on the same page for when we all can "officially" listen to Christmas music.  Stay tuned to the home page for the official CILTCM Countdown.


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Poll: Do You Agree With Christmas Music on November 1st?

We know that November 1st is a provocative answer to the question of "When can we start listening to Christmas music?" arises each year.  We stand by our date selection, but wanted to hear from you.

Have your say by casting a vote in the poll below:

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The Hour is Upon Us

Less than 24 hours until we can crank it up and put away the Halloween stuff.

Our friends at Buzzfeed summed it up really well thusly:

Yes! Today is *The* Day!

It has been 311 long, agonizing days.  But we made it!  Today marks the turning point towards the holiday season.  Sure, there's still that pesky Thanksgiving and it's needy stuffing to be dealt with, but let's be honest:  it is all Christmas from here on out.

And that means, officially, that we can now tune into Christmas music.  Go ahead, break out the She and Him Holiday record.  Or that weird Bob Dylan Christmas in the Heart album from a few years back.  You can!  Nobody is going to judge.

The countdown clock on the homepage now says ZERO.  Let's celebrate with a little "Baby it's cold outside."