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Holiday Traditions with K104.7

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Everybody has at least one: a Christmas song that you wish you never had to hear again. With the holiday season upon us, you probably won’t be able to avoid it. Well, unless you work at the York Gin Shop in England.

The British gin purveyor has a new policy for the holiday season. They’re banning what they deem to be “cheesy” Christmas tunes and have created a playlist of holiday songs to “keep the morale of employees high” and maybe even keep their staff members from quitting their jobs.

The York Gin Shop is sticking with the classics to spread holiday cheer. They won’t play any song recorded after 1960. Instead, the shop will play Christmas carols; instrumentals such as music from The Nutcracker; and favorites from Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, and Ella Fitzgerald. Plus, employees are promised to never hear the same tune in the same week.

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If you happen to visit York Gin, you won’t be hearing Wham’s “Last Christmas,” “Do They Know It’s Christmas” from Band Aid, or “All I Want For Christmas Is You” by Mariah Carey. Store manager Emma Godivala says the more modern holiday tunes don’t fit the shop’s aesthetic. It’s housed in a 16th century Tudor building. She makes a good point there.

Are there any Christmas songs that you would ban?