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If you’ve managed to avoid Christmas music so far, that’s going to get harder now we’ve reached November. Get ready for more stores blasting out “All I Want for Christmas,” and “Frosty the Snowman.”
Christmas music is something you either love or hate. If you find the tunes pretty annoying, then spare some sympathy for retail workers who have probably had to listen to festive tracks for at least a month already.
If you work in a shop and you already feel like Christmas songs are getting to you, you might actually be right.
According to clinical psychologist Linda Blair, relentless festive tunes can be mentally draining.
“People working in the shops at Christmas have to [tune out] Christmas music, because if they don’t, it really does stop you from being able to focus on anything else,” Blair told Sky News. “You’re simply spending all of your energy trying not to hear what you’re hearing.”
However, Christmas music isn’t going to go away. Retailers see it as an opportunity to get customers in the mood for spending.
In fact, some research has shown that getting the right balance of Christmas scents and songs can make shoppers feel more positively about their environment.
For those who work in the stores, though, you might want to buy some earplugs.