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At what point does it become socially acceptable to begin playing 'Christmas in the Heart'?
Never. It is never acceptable to play CITH. 18%  18%  [ 21 ]
Perhaps once on Christmas Eve accompanied by a small glass of sherry before bed. 11%  11%  [ 12 ]
It deserves a few spins in the run up to Christmas, and of course, the day itself. 23%  23%  [ 26 ]
From December onwards. 23%  23%  [ 26 ]
In a few weeks time, then it'll be a holiday standard. 9%  9%  [ 10 ]
CITH? It's always playing, I LOVE CHRISTMAS. 17%  17%  [ 19 ]
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PostPosted: Thu October 20th, 2016, 17:10 GMT 
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That time is almost upon us, ER.

The leaves are turning brown, the nights are drawing in, the days are getting chillier and soon we shall be celebrating a very happy Bob-mas.

And so my question - as the poll suggests - is, when does it become socially acceptable to begin playing Bob's beloved/loathed holiday contribution, Christmas In the Heart?

Merry (almost) Xmas.

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PostPosted: Thu October 20th, 2016, 17:19 GMT 
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I leave it in the car. Once in a while I'll throw it in. From December on, it's on all the time. I wish he did another one.


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PostPosted: Thu October 20th, 2016, 17:49 GMT 
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It's a December 1st tradition for me, and I play it all the way up to Christmas. Although sometimes I feel a hankering for it in July or so and it gets a few early spins


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PostPosted: Thu October 20th, 2016, 17:53 GMT 
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I usually bang it on the CD player on Christmas eve, and then after the holidays, it's packed away with all of the rest of the yuletide frippery until next year.


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PostPosted: Thu October 20th, 2016, 17:56 GMT 
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All-year-round for me. Everyone at work loves 'Christmas Island'.

(If they didn't, they'd be sacked)


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PostPosted: Thu October 20th, 2016, 18:03 GMT 
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The weekend after Thanksgiving, we start decorating so that's when CITH joyfully comes out!


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PostPosted: Thu October 20th, 2016, 18:09 GMT 
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All-year-round for me. Everyone at work loves 'Christmas Island'.

(If they didn't, they'd be sacked)

Good policy Maggie!


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PostPosted: Thu October 20th, 2016, 18:51 GMT 

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Oh come on now, how can you NOT watch this all year round.




https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a8qE6WQmNus


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PostPosted: Thu October 20th, 2016, 19:49 GMT 
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Fantastic, I'm off for a mince pie and a glass of eggnog.


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PostPosted: Thu October 20th, 2016, 20:09 GMT 
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Pretty much from 1. Advent on. I'm not a fan of seeing Christmas stuff in stores from the end of August, either. For everything there is a season. :wink:


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PostPosted: Thu October 20th, 2016, 21:55 GMT 
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I listen to it every Christmas Eve, usually while having a couple of drinks. I start it around 11:30 so that it finishes as Christmas Eve fades into Christmas morning.


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PostPosted: Thu October 20th, 2016, 21:58 GMT 
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I say play it when you have Christmas in your heart!

I'll start at Thanksgiving. May even throw it on in the car on the way home from my folks house (if the wife will allow me [she won't]).


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PostPosted: Sat October 22nd, 2016, 03:18 GMT 

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I love that album..


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PostPosted: Fri November 18th, 2016, 09:12 GMT 

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Is it to early yet :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:


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PostPosted: Fri November 18th, 2016, 12:53 GMT 
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The countdown is on for me....a week from today Christmas In The Heart will be ringing throughout my home. Hopefully the neighbors will hear. :mrgreen:


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PostPosted: Fri November 18th, 2016, 13:17 GMT 
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Post-apocalypse seems the most reasonable time.


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PostPosted: Fri November 18th, 2016, 13:29 GMT 
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No one ever asks this question of Blonde On Blonde, Blood On the Tracks, or any other album, for that matter. It's a Dylan album... Seems obvious to me anytime is acceptable year around which, by the way, I do! A mighty fine piece of work it is and should be appreciated every opportunity one has.


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PostPosted: Fri November 18th, 2016, 14:15 GMT 
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No one ever asks this question of Blonde On Blonde, Blood On the Tracks, or any other album, for that matter. It's a Dylan album... Seems obvious to me anytime is acceptable year around which, by the way, I do! A mighty fine piece of work it is and should be appreciated every opportunity one has.


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PostPosted: Fri November 18th, 2016, 14:37 GMT 
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I'm with Untrodden Path on this one... I listen whenever the mood strikes, be it in the middle of July or end of November.


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PostPosted: Fri November 18th, 2016, 15:45 GMT 
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As a Christmas album it's OKish, I do give some tracks a spin from December onwards - always play Must Be Santa the most. Even though it's by Dylan I'm afraid I couldn't take it all year round.


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PostPosted: Fri November 18th, 2016, 18:36 GMT 
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December 24th to December 26th.

My copy will being come down from the attic in a few weeks time, with the tinsel and baubles.


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PostPosted: Sat November 19th, 2016, 01:05 GMT 
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The best time to listen to this album is in that hour on Christmas Day when, between feeling so full you think you'll explode and gearing up for round two with the leftovers, your relatives can find you conked out on the couch.

It is then that the massive dose of the drug L-tryptophan tri-beta-j from the turkey you have just ingested will have kicked in, and the full power of this great record can be better appreciated.

For folks of my vintage, it is akin to watching 2001: A Space Odyssey having just taken magic mushrooms ... only with snow and mistletoe, and in a more jolly way.

It was a long time coming, of course. Before it was released, Bob people like myself were forced to listen to crooners like Bing Crosby, Perry Como and Andy Williams at this wonderful time of the year. And there was nothing wrong with that. But we hankered for more.

Bob did cut some Yuletide sides with Mark Kernopfler in 1983 I believe, but they have never seen the light of day.

Personally, I always gravitated towards the Johnny Cash or the Staple Singers Christmas recordings, especially the latters' spine-tingling version of Silent Night.

So when it was released, it was itself like a gift to our family, who are all Bob people.
It was like Bob, whose music had brought us together so many times in the past, had finally taken a seat himself at our family's Christmas table. And he was most welcome!

I do find Christmas Through Life can also be enjoyed at any time however, but mostly with turkey.


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PostPosted: Sat November 19th, 2016, 01:25 GMT 
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Never

There's actually good music in the world


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PostPosted: Sat November 19th, 2016, 02:11 GMT 
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There are a few songs on this album so bad I find them unlistenable - probably the worst officially released tracks Dylan has. But there are only a few of them and they're interspersed with a healthy number of fun and even fine and dandy tracks, and a few flat-out classics. I'd even say Little Drummer Boy is one of the best studio vocals of the last 25 years...but I have had some brandy...

At any rate, while I've occasionally got the hankering in July, I generally save this for the Holiday season, so voted December.


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PostPosted: Sat November 19th, 2016, 03:24 GMT 

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Never

There's actually good music in the world

Let me guess, you're out on B-horror movies, too?

Some of the most enjoyable things to experience in life are not objectively "good." I will always have a few half-hour spaces in my life to fill with that weirdo album during the holiday season. It's perhaps the most bizarre album in the catalog of one of the most bizarre artists in the history of pop music. Sign me up. Always a fun album, have never regretted listening to it.

To answer thread question, I start into my Christmas music listenership either after first snow or Thanksgiving, whichever comes first.


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