Thursday, November 12, 2020


The following is an editorial.

As usual, The Free Choice E-zine has been getting reports from our readership of Walmart and other retailers decorating for Christmas since November 1.
Besides the fact that the only acknowledgement of Thanksgiving seems to be within their respective food departments, this E-zine has given up on trying to argue with those businesses long ago.


Thanksgiving this year is November 26.
While advance planning, depending upon the size of the retailer, is one thing, many businesses are actually hurting financially this year because of the pandemic, so this humble establishment decided to remain silent on the subject, until...

A reader in Rhode Island, USA has notified The Free Choice E-zine (and we have confirmed the fact) that a local radio station in their state has, at least as of Veterans' Day (November 11) switched to an ALL CHRISTMAST MUSIC FORMAT for the remainder of 2020.


Let us repeat the facts.
This editorial is posted on November 12, 2020.
Thanksgiving is November 26, still 2/TWO weeks away as I type these words.
And of course Christmas is December 25.

If this station wants to help their listeners through these troubled times, I'm all for it.
Maybe by playing more upbeat tunes within their regular "Lite Rock" format, if not charitable donations to those in need.
But Christmas music?
I am NOT saying anything against the holiday.
Only the ever growing trend of commercialism within it.

Oh well, maybe it's just me.
Then again, considering that the classic Peanuts Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday specials are now ONLY available for viewing either through DVD or by paying for the Apple+ Streaming Service...

Lee Houston, Junior
Editor-In-Chief, The Free Choice E-Zine
12 November, 2020

The above was an editorial.

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