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Do We Know It's Christmas...the Sequel

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As LAist posted earlier this week, ready or not, Christmas is just around the corner. (See your local Starbucks baristas in their spiffy new red shirts hawking who knows what.) And so what if it's not even Thanksgiving? Does anyone really care?

Well, we do.

And we don't just have a bone to pick with retailers. We're also kinda ticked off at a few local L.A. radio stations. In particular, KOST 103.5 and KZLA 93.9. Soft rock 103.5 started playing nonstop Christmas music -- the website says the Commodore's "Angels We Have Heard on High" is playing right now -- last weekend. And lest you forget when the big day is, Santa Claus is right there holding a countdown just like Dick Clark used to do on New Year's Eve.

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And while flipping channels while backed up on the 5 North, we heard country music station KZLA playing some sort of country Christmas countdown last night. Check out their site to see it decked out in Christmas gear with Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban and others wearing Photoshopped Santa caps. What happened to the turkey, cornucopia and leaf decor? Why are we passing by the Butterball?

Who died and moved up Christmas on the calendar? Why do our local radio stations want to add a few more days of Christmas music until we want to cringe at the first "pa-rum pum pum pum" of David Bowie and Bing Crosby.

It's Thanksgiving, dammit! Enjoy your turkey and turn off those stations that are telling us otherwise. If we're not careful -- the term "Christmas in July" won't just be a summer marketing ploy.

It's time to channel the inner Scrooge -- at least until Friday.