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"We want...a cheese-free zone": English store bans Christmas music made after 1960s

Already tired of hearing Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You" blaring from the overhead speakers every time to walk into a business?

So is the staff at York Gin.  That's why they've banned what they call 'cheesy' Christmas music from playing in their store.

As reported by The Press newspaper in the English town of York, the boutique distillery and store's director, Emma Godivala, insists, "We do love Christmas, but we want our gin shop to be a cheese-free zone."  She adds that given the store's cool, old-school vibe, some songs just "sound weird" in there.

“We’ve tested lots of songs," Godivala says, "And there’s a cut-off in the 1960s. Anything after that has been banned."

That means no Mariah Carey, no Watiresses "Christmas Wrapping," no "Last Christmas" by Wham!, no "Merry Christmas Everybody" by Slade -- you won't hear any of those or their ilk at York Gin.  What you will hear are Christmas classics by Nat "King" Cole, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Bing Crosby and others.  Classical Christmas favorites and old-school carols are also OK.

"Our playlist is big enough to make sure no-one hears the same Christmas song more than twice in a week," shop manager Sandie Tanner Smith tells The Press.  And given that they also offer free gin samples to visitors, she adds, "We’re confident we’ll have the happiest staff and customers around."

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