A shop has opted to ban the playing of Christmas pop songs in-store – for the sake of staff morale.

The York Gin shop said the cheery festive music would ruin the holidays for their employees, who would have to endure it for around eight hours a day.

Emma Godivala, the store’s director, also claimed that customers will welcome the change, as most retailers have already started using their Christmas playlist this week.

She added that modern music does not suit the shop, which is housed in a 16th century Tudor building.

Ms Godivala said: ‘We do love Christmas, but we want our gin shop to be a cheese-free zone.

‘We’ve tested lots of songs to see which sound okay and which sound weird. And there’s a cut-off in the 1960s. Anything after that has been banned.

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‘Our lovely team are happy with the decision – they say lots of other shop staff are already going stir crazy with the same Christmas hits being played on a loop.

‘That said, if Mariah appeared in the shop, we might just overturn the ban for a while and play All I Want For Christmas Is You.’

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However, the store won’t be devoid of festive cheer – with seasonal ballets like The Nutcracker still on the cards this winter.

Customers are also likely to hear some Christmas carols and classics from Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald.

Shop manager Sandie Tanner-Smith said: ‘We’re confident we’ll have the happiest staff and customers around.

‘Our playlist is big enough to make sure no-one hears the same Christmas song more than twice in a week.’