It’s beginning to sound a lot like Christmas on the Fulton Mall

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Talk about a holiday rush.

The Fulton Mall started piping in Christmas tunes on Wednesday, a full day before Thanksgiving, leaving some shoppers feeling that the borough’s premiere shopping street was trying to put people in a spending mood too soon.

“I don’t like it,” said Jai Stroud-Garrett, 30, of Prospect Heights, as she strolled past the speakers on lightposts along the Downtown strip. “I know it’s weird to say, but it’s disrespectful to Thanksgiving. We haven’t even had Thanksgiving dinner yet.”

The early-bird Christmas songs include oldies like “Jingle Bells” and “White Christmas,” as well jazzier tunes like Frank Sinatra’s “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” and Nat “King” Cole’s “The Christmas Song.”

Michael Burke, interim president of the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, said that the music began a bit early this year because of a contractor schedule.

“It’s a little earlier than any of us would like — we’d prefer this go on after Thanksgivi­ng,” Burke admitted. “But the contractor is on a really tight schedule.”

Shoppers have noticed more than just the early debut of holiday music, as trees and decorations appear days before turkeys are popped out of the oven.

“The tree was up last week, way too early,” said Stash McCarthy. “The music is too early, too. They should wait until after Thanksgivi­ng.”

The Mall is also festooned with yuletide decorations — but shoppers were mostly miffed by the music.

“The decorations are all right,” said Dominic Brown, 20, who endured the Christmas tunes while waiting for a friend. “But the music is too much. I think they should wait at least two weeks into December.”

Some fear that the unseasonal Christmas jazz presents a dangerous trend — and could leave shopper’s ears ringing with jingle-bells and sleigh songs all year round.

“In general, it’s weird,” said one shopper. “If they keep this up, next year they’ll start playing it the day after Christmas.”

Not everyone’s put off by the holiday mismatch — some shoppers are reveling in the early holiday cheer.

“By the time Thanksgiving comes around, you’re already in the holiday spirit,” said Myrna Burke, 59, a nanny from Crown Heights. “So I think it’s all right.”

Others have found a simple solution — avoiding the problem entirely.

“I have my headphones,” said Shalewa Mackall, 43, a teacher from Bed-Stuy, “so it doesn’t bother me.”

Reach reporter Colin MIxson at or by calling (718) 260-4514.
Posted 12:00 am, November 24, 2011
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BevD from Red hook/Carroll gardens says:
Yes the Christmas music started a week too soon before Thanksgiving. It s uncalled for very heartbreaking. Listening to the ole favorites are very sad. With our troops still not home. Decorations are too soon also to be put up. They went up before Halloween. For me I always get saddened when I'm leaving work and the caroling is heard right by Boerum Place. Businesses are rushing our traditional holidays. Our lives are being rushed. Very sad.
Well think of it. When it is New Year Eve. They will have your whistlers and party hats along with your favorite Valentine hearts. How sweet it is. Is it??
Nov. 24, 2011, 9:45 pm
esummer from Brooklyn Heigtht says:
Okay, let's go back to the real thing. .... celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. The 25th of Dec. is the 1st day of Christmas, not the last. Traditionally it lasted 12 days ending with Jan.6.

I don't buy the contractor has a tight schedule and that's why the music came on before Thanksgiving... What?
Nov. 25, 2011, 1:02 pm
Mike from Williamsburg says:
The music was turned off on Thanksgiving. I was very disappointed.
Nov. 25, 2011, 8:28 pm
Cynthia from Clinton Hill says:
Yeah the sounds of christmas alright, flash mobs, pick-pocketings.
Nov. 25, 2011, 10:27 pm
mark from fulton ga says:
A. Iam a. New Yorker bring on the holidays music and much more I am on my way 2 NY love my Brooklyn nights don't. Worry your self about early music play your Ny
Nov. 27, 2011, 3:51 pm

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