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'Too soon for Christmastime': Parody calls for end to early holiday madness

It’s unsurprising to see stores bring out their Christmas decorations before Halloween is over, or to find coffee shops serving their winter specialty drinks at the beginning of November. The holiday season seems to be starting earlier and earlier, but Raleigh, North Carolina, vloggers the Murray Family are playfully calling for an end to the madness in their latest parody, “Christmastime.”

In the song parody of the One Republic hit, “Apologize,” Jon Murray sings about the onslaught of Christmas tree displays, peppermint mochas and holiday sweaters that appear even before his kids’ Halloween candy is eaten.

“It’s too soon for Christmastime. It’s too soon,” Murray croons in the video, which features one of Murray’s coworkers, Chris Connell, as an over enthusiastic fan of Christmas who passes out holiday treats to trick-or-treaters while donning a Christmas sweater and a fur-lined hat.

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“It’s hard in such a consumer-driven world to really focus on the important part of the holidays…we know that shopping isn’t what matters most, and that’s what we want to teach our children," said Murray. "But, it’s fun to get into the holiday spirit – everyone seems more joyful when the place looks like the North Pole.”

Murray says he and his wife, Danielle, have been guilty, too, of celebrating too early — even admitting to having carved pumpkins in October while listening to Christmas music. Still, the father of three says as the family continues to grow — the couple will welcome their fourth child in December — their priority has turned to teaching their young children to be thankful.

“Although we don’t want to get caught up and rush through Thanksgiving… it’s hard to do that in our culture today,” Murray told TODAY Parents. “We try in our family to find ways to make the entire season — November through New Year's — about thankfulness and giving… Teaching our kids to focus on others in small ways and not on themselves is so important.”

Murray says at the heart of the parody was the desire to have fun with a topic he believes spans universally, from those who start counting down the days until Christmas in August to those who complain about Christmas music after Halloween.

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Jon Murray and his wife, Danielle, have three daughters, Tyler, 4, Elena, 2, and Judea, 1. The couple started their family vlog after learning they were expecting their fourth child, due in December.

“Life gets pretty crazy with three girls and a baby on the way,” said Murray. “It’s hard in such a consumer-driven world to really focus on the important part of the holidays… we know that shopping isn’t what matters most, and that’s what we want to teach our children. But, it’s fun to get into the holiday spirit — everyone seems more joyful when the place looks like the North Pole.”

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