A store in York has banned cheesy Christmas songs because of the morale of employees, the owners said.

Neither Mariah Carey's only wish for Christmas is you nor Slade's Merry Christmas All will be played at York Gin this year, as daily music enduring for such music would ruin Christmas for the employees in the shop, the director of the business said.

Emma Godivala said the move would be welcomed by shoppers who are tired of having a permanent festive playlist pumped through the speaker systems of many high street stores as of mid-November.

Her shop, located in a 16th-century Tudor building in the heart of historic York, did not suit modern music, she said.

"We love Christmas, but we want our gin shop to be a cheese-free zone. We tested a lot of songs to find out which sound is okay and which sounds weird. And in the 1960s there is a cut-off. Everything that was banned after that.

"Our friendly team is satisfied with the decision. It is said that many other shop employees are already crazy when the same Christmas hits are played on a loop. In other words, when Mariah arrives at the store, we may lift the ban for a while and play "All I Want For Christmas Is You". "

Instead, they play Christmas songs, music from seasonal ballets like The Nutcracker and classics by Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald.

Sandie Tanner-Smith, shop manager, said, "We are confident that we will have the happiest employees and customers, and our playlist is large enough to ensure that no one hears the same Christmas song more than twice a week."

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