... In my defense, this is the longest I have waited to start with the Christmas music for many years - I consider it somewhat of an achievement in Christmas-music self mastery :).
... Also in my defense, here is my argument for the early-playing of Christmas music: There are SO MANY incredibly Christmas songs out there, and we only relegate them to ONE month per year?! Those poor cd's get very lonely sitting in the cold, hard, dark place that is the cd storage unit so I think it's only fair that they get their fair share of play time.
So there, enough said. Let the seasonal music begin!!!