My favorite radio station -- 95.9 The Valley -- shocked me the other day when I started my car.
The listening audience was informed the station was in "the holiday mood" and from now until Christmas Day it would be playing non-stop holiday music.
My first Christmas song of the season was "All I Want For Christmas Is You," by Mariah Carey. It's one of my favorites and rings so true to the way I personally feel about the holidays.
However, my husband, who also likes the same station, wasn't too pleased.
"I understand going all holiday after Thanksgiving, but now? Why on earth would they do that?"
I don't know why a radio station would make such a potentially risky decision, but I for one am enjoying the drive in my car. It's definitely perked up my holiday spirit this year.
I think it's a good idea. Maybe we should be playing Christmas music year round.
The world is a pretty scary place right now.
War and fear are prevalent stories on the news. It's "all Armageddon, all the time" for many news reports. There are times when my job, covering law enforcement and the courts, gets me down.
The devastating effects and crime connected with drugs is reaching into the sanctity of homes and personally touching so many people. Drug abuse, on all levels, is quickly becoming a pox upon humanity.
And, while we are lucky enough that our community is a nice place to live, there is an underlying darkness that permeates all levels of society.
Unemployment is forcing many families to choose between paying the utilities and buying food.
People are worried about the future of their children, yet so many children of all ages have no normal home life. Many unwanted, unloved children find themselves without hope of a future, without love for anything and dropping out of school, and ultimately life, is considered a valid option.
Being positive in a world surrounded by all this negativity is difficult.
But it's kind of hard to be a pain in the tukas during the holidays. Even the most loathsome scrooge can potentially succumb to the sights, sounds and joy of the season, put on a smile and ultimately get into the spirit of giving.
So, if there's a chance it will lift the mood of someone, flood the airwaves and bring on the music of the holidays.
While we're at it, attention executives of all the television networks:
I would love to watch those loveable children's favorites of Rudolph, Charlie Brown, Grinch, Frosty and Mr. Magoo, along with reliving the holiday exploits of the Griswold family, Ralphie's quest for a Red Ryder BB gun, Scrooge's awakening to his love of humanity, George Bailey's run down main street, watching Virginia discover there really is a Santa Clause, listening to Bing Crosby sing White Christmas or Bob Hope sing Silver Bells in Lemon Drop Kid and all the other incredible movie characters we have come to associate with the holidays.
What a recipe for holiday happiness that would make?