Psychologists Warn That Listening To Christmas Music Too Soon Is Bad For Your Health

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Many sources have been posting about how getting into the Christmas spirit early is actually good for your mental health and those people are often happier! This is because anything Christmas-related often invokes feelings of nostalgia and happy childhood memories. Well, now some psychologists are saying that listening to Christmas music too soon is actually bad for your health.

How exactly? According to clinical psychologist Linda Blair, the onset of Christmas music typically invokes anxiety in those who get stressed out by remembering all the things they have to get done before Christmas; shopping for relatives, parties, traveling, and financial stress are all common negative reminders brought on by Christmas music.

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Blair also states that retail store workers are at most risk for becoming worn down by the countless and continuous holiday tunes. She says that retail workers often become irritable because of it and focus on trying to tune it out (although most times they are unable to).

“Christmas music is likely to irritate people if it’s played too loudly and too early,” Blair says. What is now known as the “Christmas Creep” in retail stores, it’s common for stores to start the Christmas merchandise early in addition to the music… sometimes as early as October. According to a survey of top retailers by the Tampa Bay Times, Best Buy started their holiday music on October 22nd. This is apparently a known successful marketing tactic.

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Danny Turner, a programming executive with Mood Media, says that by playing these songs earlier than what is considered socially acceptable, they tend to be more annoying than cheerful.

“The one I have in mind is The 12 Days of Christmas… Once I’m at the third day, I’m counting how many days are left. You don’t want any songs that feel like they last for 12 days,” he says.


Despite these reports that listening to Christmas music too early may trigger feelings of stress, it was also reported recently that decorating for Christmas early are happier, which could coincide with listening to Christmas music early, the “Christmas Creep”, and more. Psychotherapist Amy Morin weighed in on the importance of Christmas and the effect it has on certain people, especially those who feel the Christmas spirit earlier than others.

“The holiday season stirs up a sense of nostalgia. Nostalgia helps link people to their personal past and it helps people understand their identity,” she explains, “Perhaps the holidays serve as a reminder of when a loved one was still alive. Or maybe looking at a Christmas tree reminds someone of what life was like when they still believed in Santa. For people who have lost a loved one, the holidays may serve as a reminder of happy times they had with that person in the past. Decorating early may help them feel more connected with that individual.”

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Whether you identify as a Christmas early bird or a bit of a Grinch before this upcoming holiday season, now we know the reason why Christmas music can be so irritable when it’s played too early.

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Four Little Girls Reunite After All Beating Cancer Together

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Three years ago, four sweet little girls and their families were dealing with the unimaginable. They were all in treatment for cancer at a hospital in Florida. They met while they were in the hospital and leaned on each other throughout the entire process.

Recently, they reunited for a photo shoot. This time as cancer survivors. The girls are McKinley, Ava, Chloe, and Lauren and they are all between 4 and 5 years old. They have taken a photo together each year since they met in the lobby of the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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This photo shoot was very special. It was the first time they were all in remission. McKinley, Ava, and Lauren had acute lymphoblastic leukemia, and Chloe had a rare form of lung cancer. One of the little girls said that they bonded quickly because all of them had sick blood. They also bonded over their then bald heads.

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It is generally abnormal for a 3-year-old girl to have a bald head, but since all of her friends in the hospital were bald, it gave each girl a sense of normalcy while going through something so traumatic. The mothers also said they relied on each other while their daughters went through treatment. It must have been nice to lean on someone who knew exactly what they were going through.

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They have all now finished their treatments. Lauren was the last one to complete treatment on September 10. They are now able to go back to school and start living more normal lives. However, one thing will always remain the same: the very special bond they all share together.

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What a sweet story! How amazing is it that all four of these beautiful girls were able to beat cancer! I bet they will be lifelong friends after having met in the hospital. It is so great to see them go on to lead normal lives and we wish them all the best in the future.

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What do you think of this touching story? Aren’t the photos adorable and inspiring? Do you have a similar story in your life or about someone you know?

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See The Full List Of Sears And Kmart Stores Closing This Year

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Sears has finally announced that they will be filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy as an attempt to restructure the company. While multiple closings of Sears and Kmart locations have been announced over the course of 2018, the company has announced that another 142 locations will be closing amid the announcement of bankruptcy.

“Liquidation sales at these stores are expected to begin shortly,” says the Sears company in a statement. Shoppers can expect to see discounts of anywhere between 20% to 50% off regular prices. So, if you’ve been wanting to get your hands on a Sears/Kmart item, now’s the chance for a good deal.

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A full list of the closing Sears and Kmart stores can be found below:


Sears, 1001 Rainbow Dr, Gadsden


Sears, 2250 El Mercado Loop, Sierra Vista

Sears, 3150 S 4Th Ave, Yuma

Sears, 6515 E Southern Ave, Mesa/East

Sears, 7611 W Thomas Rd, Phoenix-Desert Sky

Sears, 3177 Chandler Village Dr, Chandler


Kmart, 2821 East Main St, Russellville


Kmart, 215 W Hanford/Armona Rd, Lemoore

Kmart, 1351 E Hatch Rd, Modesto

Kmart, 375 E Alessandro Blvd, Riverside

Kmart, 3247 W Noble Ave, Visalia

Kmart, 912 County Line Rd, Delano

Kmart, 2530 S Euclid Ave, Ontario

Kmart, 3968-A Missouri Flat Road, Placerville

Sears, 1700 Stoneridge Dr, Pleasanton

Sears, 100 Santa Rosa Plz, Santa Rosa

Sears, 3333 Bristol St, Costa Mesa

Sears, 1011 W Olive Ave, Merced

Sears, 5901 Florin Rd, Florin

Sears, 3751 S Dogwood Ave, El Centro

Sears, 100 Vintage Faire Mall, Modesto

Sears, 100 Los Cerritos Mall, Cerritos

Sears, 1401 N Montebello Blvd, Montebello

Sears, 3001 Ming Ave, Bakersfield


Sears, 10785 W Colfax Ave, Lakewood

Sears, 7001 S University Blvd, Centennial


Sears, 1201 Boston Post Rd Sp 2095, Milford

Sears, 850 Hartford Tnpk, Waterford

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Kmart, 900 N W 76 Boulevard, Gainesville

Kmart, 12350 Sw 8th Street, Miami

Sears, 733 N Highway 231, Panama City

Sears, 300 Mary Esther Blvd, Mry Est/Ft Wltn Bch

Sears, 1050 S Babcock St, Melbourne

Sears, 3800 Us Highway 98 N Ste 500, Lakeland

Sears, 303 Us Hwy 301 Blvd W, Bradenton

Sears, 3100 Sw College Rd Ste 300, Ocala


Kmart, 400 Crosstown Road, Peachtree City

Kmart, 6239 Turner Lake Road, Covington


Sears, 460 N Milwaukee St, Boise


Kmart, 3701 Broadway St, Quincy

Kmart, 4210 N Harlem Ave, Norridge

Kmart, 5000 23Rd Ave, Moline

Sears, 3340 Mall Loop Dr, Joliet


Kmart, 430 W Ridge Rd, Griffith

Kmart, 723 3rd Ave, Jasper

Sears, 1251 US Highway 31 N, Greenwood

Sears, 6780 W Washington St, Indianapolis

Sears, 3401 S Us Highway 41, Terre Haute


Kmart, 2803 E Kanesville Blvd, Council Bluffs

Kmart, 1111 N 2nd, Cherokee

Kmart, 2307 Superior, Webster City



Kmart, 400 South Broadway, Salina

Kmart, 7836 State Ave, Kansas City


Kmart, 600 C W Stevens Blvd, Grayson

Kmart, Northridge S/C Us Hwy 127, Russell Springs

Sears, 4807 Outer Loop, Louisville-Okolona

Sears, 2625 Scottsville Rd, Bowling Green


Kmart, 7000 Veterans Memorial, Metairie


Kmart, 417 Main Street, Madawaska


Kmart, 835 Solomons Island Rd N, Prince Frederick

Kmart, 6163 Oxon Hill Road, Oxon Hill

Sears, 15700 Emerald Way, Bowie

Sears, 400 N Center St, Westminster

Sears, 10300 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Columbia


Sears, 1235 Worcester Rd, Natick


Kmart, 06600 M-66, North Charlevoix

Kmart, 1025 M-24, Lake Orion

Sears, 900 Briarwood Cir, Ann Arbor

Sears, 2100 Southfield Rd, Lincoln Park


Sears, 425 Rice St, St. Paul

Sears, 12431 Wayzata Blvd, Minnetonka


Kmart, 2901-5 N Belt Hwy, St. Joseph

Kmart, 7100 NW Prairie View Rd, Kansas City

Kmart, 1 Flower Valley Shp Ctr, Florissant


Sears, 1245 W Warm Springs Rd, Henderson

New Hampshire

Sears, 50 Fox Run Rd Ste 74, Portsmouth

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New Jersey

Kmart, 779 Delsea Dr, N Glassboro

Sears, 1500 Highway 35, Middletown

Sears, 1750 Deptford Center Rd, Deptford

New Mexico

Sears, 6600 Menaul Blvd NE Ste 700, Coronado

New York

Kmart, 987 Route 6, Mahopac

Kmart, 8363 Lewiston Road, Batavia

Kmart, 2590 Military Rd, Niagara Falls

Kmart, 349 Orchard Park Rd, West Seneca

Kmart, 93 West Campbell Rd, Schenectady

Sears, 75 W Route 59 Ste 100, Nanuet

Sears, 1111 Franklin Ave, Garden City

Sears, 600 Lee Blvd, Yorktown Hts

Sears, Rt 394 & Hunt Blvd, Lakewood

North Carolina

Kmart, 1530 East Broad Street, Statesville

Kmart, 4500 Western Blvd, Raleigh

Kmart, 1001 Patton Ave, Asheville

Sears, 703 N Berkeley Blvd, Goldsboro

Sears, 400 Cross Creek Mall, Fayetteville

Sears, 11033 Carolina Place Pkwy, Pineville


Kmart, 15891 State Rt 170 East, Liverpool

Kmart, 17840 Bagley Rd, Middleburg Heights

Sears, 5320 Youngstown Rd, Niles


Sears, 6929 S Memorial Dr, Tulsa Woodland Hls

Sears, 9800 SW Washington Square Rd, Washington Sq

Sears, 3201 W Main St, Norman


Kmart, 3955 S W Murray Blvd, Beaverton

Sears, 827 Lancaster Dr NE, Salem (Lancaster)


Kmart, 720 Clairton Blvd/Rte 51, Pleasant Hills

Kmart, 528 W Plank Road, Altoona

Kmart, 1502 South Fourth St, Allentown

Kmart, 1000 Nutt Rd, Phoenixville

Kmart, 1170 Mae Street, Hummelstown

Kmart, 100 Tarentum Rd, New Kensington

Kmart, 1180 Walnut Bottom Rd, Carlisle

Kmart, 3205 Lincoln Hwy, Thorndale

Kmart, 111 Hulst Dr, Ste 722, Matamoras

Sears, 880 Butler Street, Pittsburgh

Sears, 5522 Shaffer Rd Ste 129, Dubois

Sears, 100 Neshaminy Mall, Bensalem/ Crnwls Hts

Sears, 2300 E Lincoln Hwy, Langhrn /Oxford Vly


South Carolina

Kmart, 129 West Butler Avenue, Mauldin

Kmart, 2302 Cherry Rd, Rock Hill


Kmart, 6909 Maynardville Pike NE, Knoxville

Sears, 7600H Kingston Pike, West Town

Sears, 2800 N Germantown Prkway, Cordova

Sears, 2801 Wilma Rudolph Blvd, Clarksville

Sears, 2100 Hamilton Place Blvd, Chattanooga


Sears, 7508 N Navarro St, Victoria

Sears, 2901 S Capitol Of Texas Hwy, Austin/Barton Creek

Sears, 3450 W Camp Wisdom Rd, Southwest Ctr

Sears, 2501 Irving Mall, Irving

Sears, 6301 NW Loop 410, Ingram

Sears, 1000 E 41st, Austin

Sears, 6002 Slide Rd, Lubbock

Sears, 2002 S Expy 83, Harlingen

Sears, 2605 Preston Rd, Frisco


Kmart, 6364 Springfield Plaza, Springfield

Kmart, 118 Waller Mill Rd, Williamsburg

Kmart, 2712 W Main St, Waynesboro

Sears, 100 Newmarket Fair Mall, Hampton


Kmart, 1001 E Sunset Drive, Bellingham

Sears, 3500 S Meridian Ste, 900 Puyallup

West Virginia

Kmart, 1701 4Th Ave W, Charleston

Sears, 9520 Mall Rd, Westover/Morgantown


Kmart, 4000 East 2nd Street, Casper

Sears, 701 SE Wyoming Blvd, Casper

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15 Muses Who Inspired Your Favorite Top 10 Hits

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Back in the day, it was common for a muse to be the source of inspiration for a song. A lot of those songs ended up being some classic top 10 hits that will be remembered for years to come. Many of these muses range from Princess Diana, to Courtney Love, to Carole King, otherwise known as some iconic women that have either passed on or have gone onto huge commercial success.

These songs have some pretty awesome backstories behind them that are completely true. There are even some additional updates based on the muses and the people who wrote the song about them! Here are 15 muses who inspired some of your favorite top 10 hits.

1. Carole King

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Neil Sedaka apparently dated Carole King (back when she was still Carol Klein) in high school. “Oh! Carol” became a top 10 hit and, afterward, Carole’s husband Gerry Goffin wrote a song called “Oh! Neil” in response. Sedaka recently noted that he has written four or five songs about his current wife, Leba, and they have been married since 1962. Guess he’s just one of those musicians!

2. Linda McCartney

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Paul McCartney wrote the song “My Love” in light of his wife, Linda McCartney. It was the first of his post-Beatles hits to top the charts. Apparently, she inspired tons of love songs for Paul up until her unfortunate death from cancer in 1998.

3. Diane Davison

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“The Lady In Red” rose to No. 3 in the US and it was inspired by Chris de Burgh’s memory of seeing his wife for the first time. Chris and Diane have been married since 1977. Aww!

4. Marsha Hunt

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Marsha Hunt was allegedly having an affair with Mick Jagger when he was in the midst of co-writing the song “Brown Sugar” for the Stones in 1971. By this time, Hunt had given birth to Jagger’s first child, Karis. Hunt and Jagger have parted ways since, but Jagger still keeps in touch with Karis. He has attended Karis’s college graduation, wedding, and was there for the birth of her child (his grandchild) in 2004.

5. Billie Jean King

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Elton John had apparently asked lyricist Bernie Taupin to write a song with the title “Philadelphia Freedom” in King’s honor. Elton John was close to Billie Jean King when John was still ‘in the closet’.

6. Erin Everly

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Erin Everly, daughter of Don Everly, inspired Guns n Roses’ first and only No. 1 hit called “Sweet Child o’ Mine” in 1988. She ended up marrying Axl Rose, but the marriage only lasted a few months due to physical and emotional abuse. His letters and their marriage license was put up for auction in 2013. Ouch!

7. Chrissie Shrimpton

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This story contains Mick Jagger, again. He was dating Chrissie Shrimpton when they were teenagers and she ended up inspiring “19th Century Breakdown”, a Rolling Stones hit in 1966. The song apparently isn’t entirely about her, but she definitely inspired some of the lyrics. And if you know these lyrics, it’s no wonder as to why Shrimpton apparently attempted suicide over Jagger but “doesn’t hold a grudge”. Yikes.

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Parents Are Putting This Obvious Sign On Their Baby’s Car Seats

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With flu season already started, parents have resorted to putting these signs on their baby’s car seats. Signs that say something along the lines of “Don’t Touch My Baby!” are being spotted all over the country. It may seem like common sense to not touch a baby you don’t know, especially when illnesses are running rampant, but some people don’t think about it.

These signs are selling all over, including the popular crafty website Etsy. Some mother forums and Facebook pages are posing the question if people would buy one to put on their baby’s car seat. Some say they wouldn’t because kids need to be exposed to germs because their bodies need to learn how to fight off sickness.

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Back in the day, many people didn’t worry as much about germs. People joke about how did all these kids survive being handed off to strangers or touched by others. Do you have an early memory of being handed to a stranger at the grocery store while your mother pays for groceries? Others have a different opinion, especially if their child was born ill or has a weakened immune system. A seemingly innocent touch from a stranger could send the baby back into the hospital.


Even if you have a healthy baby, you might want to consider this sign. Some say they aren’t afraid of germs, but they just don’t like strangers touching their precious baby. Regardless of what side you fall into, a baby’s immune system isn’t fully developed until they are a few months old. Taking precautions is smart, especially if you have to carry around a newborn during flu season.


What do you think? If you have a baby or a grandbaby, would you carry around one of these signs asking strangers not to touch the baby? Or do you think this is ridiculous and kids need to be introduced to strangers and germs?

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Some of these signs are actually pretty adorable and fairly inexpensive. If you are worried about your baby or grandbaby getting sick during an especially bad flu season, it really can’t hurt. It may also spark some interesting debates about parenting now and back in the day.


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The House Where JFK And Jackie Kennedy Honeymooned Is On Sale For $135 Million

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The legendary Beverly House where JFK and Jackie Kennedy had their honeymoon is currently on sale for $135 million and understandably so. The 50,000-square foot home was built in 1927 by Gordon Kaufmann and sits on 3.5 acres, with 19 bedrooms, and 29 full bathrooms. It also features stunning floor-to-ceiling windows, balconies, and even a spa!

The official home listing describes the house as, “Once home to William Randolph Hearst and honeymoon location for John F. Kennedy. A rare offering for a collector of the finest architecture”. A gated community located in Los Angeles, CA, the home was also host to a number of other famous faces including Marlon Brando, Whitney Houston, and Kevin Costner for various films.

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The outside of the house is absolutely stunning. It looks fairly modern in comparison to what the inside holds, but still an absolutely gorgeous outside view.

jfk honeymoon house

The entrance hallway into the Beverly House is only a small taste of what the rest of the house looks like. You can already tell just from the entry point that it is incredibly vintage and gives nods to 1900s-esque homes with the color scheme, dark hardwood, and tiles.

jfk honeymoon house

Now, this is definitely a nod to the 1900s. By just looking at this photo of what appears to be one of the main rooms, it gives off the vibe of an olden time library or study room. Complete with beautiful hardwood, a chandelier, patterned carpet, and fireplace, it definitely makes for a pretty cozy room to lounge around in!

jfk honeymoon house

Feeling vintage yet? Another beautiful lounge area complete with two sofas, two full mirrors, and a generously high ceiling.

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