I think, by now, we have figured out that I am passionate about Christmas. My first ‘big’ blog post (that you can read here) really ruffled some feathers. It’s okay that your opinion of Christmas movies doesn’t match mine – I forgive you for being wrong (Die Hard still isn’t a Christmas movie, by the way).
But I’m past that. I’ve seen you argue (in our Facebook group) about those movies, either with my 100% correct, definitive list that cannot be argued, or amongst yourselves. So, let’s move on. That’s something of the past, like Super Bowl runs by the Steelers or our parents having to walk twelve miles uphill each way to school (in the snow, of course). Let’s focus on something new: Christmas songs.
I know, I know. You have your opinions, and I have mine. That’s what makes life fun, variety. Not everyone likes good football (looking at you, Jerry & Nick), and that’s okay. But here is my not-so definitive list of greatest Christmas songs. Head on over to the group and let us know your thoughts!
The epitome of Christmas. The quintessential Yuletide carol. The great Bambino. You know… the one that all the memes are about. Every Macy’s, Target, Tractor Supply, and shopping mall across the country start playing this in July it seems like. You cannot have the month of December without Mariah Carey wishing for you for Christmas. It just cannot happen. That’s why it takes the number one spot on my list and the number one spot in our hearts.
Because there is nothing like upbeat, yet heartbreaking music. Who doesn’t want to hear George Michael sing about getting his heartbroken at Christmas, just to turn around and give it away again the next year? Somehow, though, this is one of the most positive Christmas songs out there. I belt this at the top of my lungs every year. It easily deserves the number two spot on this list because not only is the original one amazing, but Taylor Swift somehow makes it better (please don’t tell anyone that I’m a massive TSwift fan – the other bloggers won’t let me live that down, especially Ben the degenerate brewer).
I would be lying if I said I didn’t listen to this song every year just to bawl my eyes out. I love to hate it. Or hate to love it. I don’t know which, but I do know that I’m a glutton for punishment by forcing myself to listen to it every year. I listen to the story of a little boy who wants to buy shoes for his mother, who is sick, but can’t afford them. And then the singer of the song buys them for him. This entails the entire spirit of Christmas. Giving, not to receive anything back, but doing so because it’s the spirit of the season.
Okay, this is far from a traditionalist’s list of best Christmas songs, but I cherish it like no other. My dad introduced it to me when I was young and impressionable kid. Growing up in rural, blue collar Ohio, I couldn’t tell you where Hollis, Queens is. I couldn’t even tell you the difference between Queens, Brooklyn, Harlem, or any other part of New York City. It’s all just one big city to me. But I still listen to this song, year in and year out, no matter how many miles are between my dad and I. And this is my nod to 90s rap (even though this song came out in 1987), which I feel is grossly underrepresented in the Christmas music genre.
Why are over half my favorite Christmas songs depressing? Seriously. I love Christmas. I should want the happiest of songs during the happiest time of the year. But apparently I don’t. Maybe it’s because I empathize with her. Christmas hasn’t felt the same since I was in my teens, especially not into adulthood. But now that I have a daughter who finally recognizes Santa and is excited for Christmas, I know that I will get the joy back, just in a different way. I will forever love this song, even though it is a bit depressing.