I would enjoy the Genius Mixes feature in iTunes a whole lot more if it weren’t for the fact that my Christmas songs get mixed into every Genius genre. I’m wondering if there’s a workaround (other than putting all my festive music into a separate iTunes library).
Richard Potter

Genius isn’t terribly bright when it comes to discerning season-appropriate music. If it were, every January Genius would scan your iTunes library for any track assigned with the Christmas genre tag and promptly ignore it until the end of the year.

Fortunately there’s a way to get Genius Mixes out of the festive mood: uncheck the box next to any selections you don’t want to include in a Genius mix. To do that, create a smart playlist and then create a condition that reads Genre Contains Christmas. Select this smart playlist, hold down the C key, and click on any track’s checkbox. All the tracks in the playlist will be unselected.

If, in the future, you find that some of your Christmas music is still in your Genius mixes, it’s because the tracks haven’t been properly tagged. We’ve downloaded a fair bit of Christmas music, and some of it is tagged as Classical. Just tag these selections correctly, and they’ll move into your smart playlist. Note that the album artwork for this music may still appear as part of a Genius mix, but the music won’t.