By: Holly Day
With Halloween being a few weeks ago, Christmas is just around the corner. So what are you waiting for? If you don’t get up right now and buy something for everyone you know, then you’re gonna be empty handed when the ol’ 12/25 comes rolling around. You don’t want that to happen do you?
In years past, the Christmas countdown begins promptly at 12:01AM on November first. But this unspoken tradition has come to a screeching halt this year, as the FCC has banned the broadcasting of all Christmas media until the day after Black Friday.
So what does this mean for you? Well, no Christmas songs or movies or Peanuts specials until the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The ban is in effect until Saturday because at this point Black Friday is pretty much a holiday of its own, which goes from 10pm on Thanksgiving to December 24. Several large retailers such as Target and Walmart have announced that they plan to continue to market the heck out of Christmas all through the months of November and December.
The FCC’s ban will mostly affect radio stations, who will not be allowed to play Christmas music. People fear that they will not get in the Christmas mood soon enough for the holiday and will be too late when buying gifts for their loved ones. The president of the FCC has released an announcement regarding the recent ban. The president has said “I can’t stand when I’m in the car and I hear all these new remixes of Frosty the Snowman, just play the original version”. Later in his speech he said “I’ve seen people spend their entire life savings on Christmas gifts because they got struck with Christmas hype too soon”.
Our staff has decided to interview several people on the matter. Here is what they have to say. Chris Mas is a father of two and when asked about the FCC’s ban on Christmas, he said “I can’t believe this, my family sets up our Christmas tree in March every year and now we have to wait until late November to hear Christmas songs on the radio.”
Jewel Tide is a single mother and when asked about the ban she responded “Well this is good news, people should be with their families on Thanksgiving, not out shopping and only thinking about Christmas”. The American people clearly have mixed feelings about this stunning move by the FCC.
Recent developments have shown evidence of a new black market which has emerged that deals in physical forms of Christmas related media. If you still have the box set of the Santa Claus trilogy, then you might want to bust it out, that one can fetch you a pretty penny now. CD’s of Christmas songs are also a hot commodity. This time of year, people need their fix of Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You”. If you can hook people up with that, then you’ll earn yourself enough to buy Christmas presents for everyone you know. Just wait until Black Friday to buy them.