On Wednesday I had to do some shopping. Thanks to being unemployed, I was able to do it during the day on a weekday so the stores weren't too crowded, but I was unable to avoid the sounds coming from the store PA systems. And what I heard certainly wasn't well chosen to put *me* in a good mood. It seemed as though, for fear of offending someone, the only things they were willing to play that actually had lyrics were insipid versions of some of the usual insipid songs about the supposedly appropriate weather for Christmas, like "Let It Snow" and "White Christmas". These were interspersed with music-only versions of familiar Christmas carols with words that say something, but the fact that they weren't willing to play versions that included the lyrics just underscored the bland ickiness of the whole thing.
I know Christmas Muzak has always been bad, but it seems more painful than I remember this year. Is it just me, or has it really gotten worse?