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Available Expert - Available Expert- Why there is a fine balance when it comes to the use of holiday music by retailers

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Queen’s expert Kip Pegley (Dan School of Music and Drama) is available to speak about why Christmas music can be stress-inducing.

“Through movies and other popular media these tunes have become associated with fantasies of a picturesque Christmas, making us feel that other people will have the “ideal” holiday — but we won’t. And if we are shopping late in the season, listening to these tunes can raise our cortisol levels as we seek out the elusive “perfect” gift in a last-minute frenzy,” says Dr. Pegley.

A 2006 study by the American Psychological Association found that 61 per cent of Americans experience stress at Christmas and that 25 per cent of them have felt stress as a direct result of Christmas music. This number likely is even higher now on both sides of the border, especially during an ongoing pandemic.

 Dr. Pegley says Christmas music can also be stressful for individuals who don’t observe Christmas, or for people who have suffered a loss and will be grieving at Christmas, or those who do not have the money to buy the gifts they feel others are expecting. In these and many more instances, Christmas music can be a painful, relentless reminder of loss, lack and isolation.


To arrange an interview, please contact communications officer  Julie Brown ( 343-363-2763 or Julie.brown@queensu.ca) at Queen’s University News and Media Services Department in Kingston, Ont., Canada.  


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