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Christmas music supposedly
gets us in the spending mood.

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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

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
. “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
that getting the right balance of Christmas scents and
songs can make shoppers feel more positively about their

For those who work in the stores, though, you might want to
buy some earplugs.