It seems Christmas comes earlier every year, doesn’t it? Well fight back! Shortly after Halloween last year, I popped in to the Cosi on Pennsylvania Avenue in Capital Hill to grab some lunch after a meeting. I was irked to hear “Silver Bells” and “Carol of the Bells” and “Jingle Bell Rock” pumping through the sound system. No, I don’t dislike bells, nor carols, but playing holiday tunes anytime before Thanksgiving is a strict faux pas in my world.
After venting on IRC to a friend of mine who happens to work for the company, she suggested I write a comment on their web site. She promised they read them regularly. And so I did, more out of humor than anything else.
To my surprise, I received a prompt reply, apologizing for the early onslaught of merry tunes. I was told that some overzealous soul had switched the restaurants nationwide tunes early, and that now that they were in place the switch couldn’t be undone. I was assured, however, that they would not make the same mistake in 2009. The response seemed a bit fabricated, but the management vagaries of massive corporate chaindom are beyond my ken, so I gave them the benefit of the doubt.
Now we’re fast approaching the regular start of the insanity, and I have made a personal vow to stay vigilant on that Cosi I frequent for lunch. Whether they really will hold the music until after Thanksgiving remains to be seen, but even if not, it occurs to me that the ever-expanding breadth of the holidays is at least partially within our control. It takes only a moment to send a note to an online feedback form – maybe if we each sent one, we could make a difference on something mundane.