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christmas monster

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mariah-careyso it’s come to my attention recently that i don’t have a heart.  this realization came after it was said that i don’t really like christmas music.  i’m sure i’m not the only one.  right?  somebody?  anybody?

i don’t want to make it seem like i’m some kind of anti-christmas monster or anything.  i love christmas.  i love the weather, i love the presents, the family time, the food, and especially the whole reason for the holiday – the birth of little baby Jesus.  but i think more than a christmas lover, i’m a music lover.  i looooove music.  if music were food, i’m 100% positive i’d have died long ago from sheer overeating.  i love everything about it.  i love how no matter who you are, how hard you seem or how loner and anti-social and withdrawn you are, there is some form of music that appeals to everyone.  in that sense, i love the universality of music.  more specifically for myself, i love music because i can participate in it.  i can play it, i can sing it.  which brings me to christmas music.

one of the reasons i don’t like christmas music is that you can’t sing or play it all year long.  you only get a 1-1.5 month window where it’s ok to play or sing christmas music.  anytime outside of that, you look like a weirdo.  it’s funny because you could take a song like, “summertime” by will smith and sing it in december/january and it’d be ok.  not ideal, but look at the flip side: if you sang “walking in a winter wonderland” in the middle of july, you’d be a weirdo.  and me, i’d like to sing a song at anytime.  i don’t want what month it is to limit my song choice.

true, you could argue that christmas music has staying power.  we’ve been singing the same christmas songs for years and years.  i think the most recent christmas song that has come out was mariah carey’s “all i want for christmas is you.”  which is saying a lot.  christmas music does have staying power.  but maybe it’s just because we’re not allowed to sing it at any other time of the year.  maybe if we could sing “all i want for christmas is you” all year long, it wouldn’t have the same staying power.  i dunno, just a theory.

the other reason i don’t really like christmas music is that it’s so freaking overplayed in november-december.  if you wanted to listen to the radio during those months – good luck trying to find a regular, nonchristmas song to listen to.  or, you can’t even step into a store without getting blasted with christmas music.  would a ne-yo song every once in a while kill you?

so before i have some angry christmas music loving people sending me hate-emails, i’d like to say that there are a few christmas songs that i really like.  i’m a big fan of “o holy night” and “o little town of bethlehem”.  maybe i just like songs that start with “o”?  that must be it.  i should make a “o” playlist.

so where do i stand on this?  is anyone in agreement?  or am i off my rocker?

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Written by enoch

November 17, 2008 at 12:09 am

Posted in from my mind

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  1. i agree. they play the same dang songs during christmas time. it gets really old 😦

    hyungulee

    November 17, 2008 at 12:29 am

  2. haha! funny post. actually, i was listening to mariah’s silent night this morning at work! it was the first christmas song to this temporary christmas music season for me : )

    danahbeth

    November 17, 2008 at 1:12 am

  3. i see your points
    esp. being overplayed….!!!! work in a restaurant or retail store, you’re def. be on the edge!!!

    but i do have to say that for me, Christmas music is like those seasonal cakes and soups and cookies and whatever…
    like mi ya gook you eat on your birthday type of stuff…

    besides, who said you can’t sing “all i want for Christmas is you” in middle of july, you’re just planning ahead!!

    Cho

    November 17, 2008 at 1:22 am

  4. i thinky eberrybody should listen 2 jasonmraz 24/7;
    fall,spring,winter,summer from 12am –12 pm daillly…
    o and john mayers,world 2 change’ shall be played every 10 min.^__^

    ‘where is christmas’ is awesume christmas music ebber!

    Anonymous

    November 17, 2008 at 9:09 am

  5. i agree with you on that staying power theory. if it weren’t for that short holiday window, they wouldn’t have been around us for so long.

    sincerely,
    that proud july weirdo.

    heej

    November 17, 2008 at 9:36 am

  6. I don’t Christmas music because of the same reasons. Except the more traditional ones like Silent Night.

    Daniel S

    November 17, 2008 at 11:07 am


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