The latest findings suggest that listening to too much Christmas music might actually be harmful to your health.
People who have lost someone or someone suffering from seasonal affective disorder are just some of the groups that can be negatively affected by the Christmas music,
and the festive season can e a tough time of year for them.
Listening festival music (all day long) can have a seriously negative impact as the songs are on repeat over and over in the build-up, while for others, this can be a reminder of someone who can’t be with them at this time of year.
“People working in the shops have to learn how to tune out Christmas music, because if they don’t, it really does make you unable to focus on anything else,” Clinical psychologist Linda Blair told Sky News.
“You simply are spending all of your energy trying not to hear what you’re hearing.”
While many might believe that ‘crazy sales’ and ‘huge’ discounts are key to selling more stock, Blair spoke that music has the “most powerful impact on shoppers.”
“When the songs are targeted properly – when a shop gives its customers what they expect to hear – it really does get people to buy stuff,” she continued.
“So, if you play classical music in a wine shop, sales go up. Or if you play romantic music in a florist, sales go up.”
So if you’re racing the aisles enjoying singing along to Mariah Carey’s “All I want for Christmas is you,” spare a thought for staff who have probably heard it 100 times, and are probably ‘sick of it’ by now!