OK, today I provide a public service, if you so desire.
You may be familiar with a game called Whamageddon, in which you try to get as deep into December as you can without hearing “Last Christmas” by Wham!. Why this game, why this song? No idea, really…only the song is pretty ubiquitous as Christmas songs go, and many people find it outright annoying. (For me, the song is an “in one ear and out the other” song, I don’t have an opinion of it, one way or the other.)
As soon as you recognize that you’re hearing the original version of the song (it also has been covered a lot), you’re out.
Now, I personally have amended these rules with one caveat: if you hear it in a setting where you have no control over the music, it doesn’t count. Now, that doesn’t mean basically everywhere! You don’t control what you hear when you’re walking through Target, but you did choose to go to Target at that time! So that counts. But if you hear it at work, that doesn’t count. I’d also extend that to hearing it at doctor’s appointments, the hospital, or any other place where you really have to be for one reason or another. But if you could choose to be in that place, and you could have been there another time, and that’s when you hear “Last Christmas”, well. Bad luck, champ!
So anyway, if you’d just like to self-terminate your participation in this weird game and get it over with so you’re not finding your December increasingly dominated by the weird anxiety of possibly hearing “Last Christmas” through little fault of your own, well, I’m here to help. Just play the video below, breathe a sigh of relief, and go about your December like a non-weird person.