I have a question that has haunted me for years. Who writes some of these Christmas songs? Have they ever even celebrated Christmas?
Take “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.” I really like this song, but there is a line in there that has always bugged me. “There’ll be scary ghost stories, and tales of the glories of Christmases long, long ago.” Scary ghost stories? Who tells ghost stories at Christmas? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?
Another one that makes me laugh is Neil Diamond’s “You Make it Feel Like Christmas.” “So wake up the kids, put on some tea, light up the tree, it’s Christmas Day.” Put on some tea? This is actually more believable than telling ghost stories, but another tradition I’m not familiar with. Ever heard of the traditional Christmastime-only beverage egg nog, Neil? No? How about hot chocolate? Tea? huh. Not feeling it. Now, take into consideration that our buddy Neil is part of that special group of non-Christians that want to cash in on the holiday, but not actually celebrate our Savior’s birth. Apparently, throwing in the words “Christmas” and “tree” make it acceptable for our Christmas cds.
Finally, I ask you to take a look at “I Believe in Father Christmas.” This song is an anti-Christmas song disguised as a Christmas song. I used to really like this song, singing along with what I “thought” were the words. Nope. I think my “favorite” line is the final one, “The Christmas you get you deserve.” OUCH!
Notice I left out the novelty songs involving front teeth, grandmas, and the worst of all–hippos. These songs have never claimed to be serious, reflective Christmas songs. As annoying, and nerve-grating as these songs may be, they truly are in their own category.
God bless you all and Merry Christmas! (put on that tea and settle in for those scary stories)