Are those jingling bells lifting your spirits or getting on your nerves?
Love it or hate it, Christmas music is the soundtrack of the season.
Psychiatrist Dr. Gerald Shiener says if our childhood memories of the holidays are happy, Christmas music can trigger lots of pleasurable, positive feelings.
But if your memories are not so happy, holiday music can have the opposite effect.
Control is also key. It's no surprise that people who choose to listen to Christmas music tend to enjoy it more than retail workers who don't have a say in the matter.
For some, it just starts too early.