Today is Christmas, for what it’s worth, and as always, Christmas music has been earworming itself into our skulls, no matter how much we try to avoid it! (I tend to avoid it pretty well, because I don’t shop at malls very often and the radio at my part-time job is not locked on a Christmas-music-playing station.) I do like Christmas and the music that goes along with it, but it does get repetitive, which is annoying. This past week we had a potluck at work (not technically a party, since we were still working), and for one day, my boss put on the station that’s been playing Christmas music since, I think, the first of November. I heard several tunes (including “Last Christmas,” for instance), at least three times, and that’s just ridiculous. So I get why people get so angry about Christmas music all the time, because it becomes maddening. However, there are a lot of good Christmas songs, and I want to know your favorite!
I’m going to cheat and give two – one, a “popular” one, and the other, a more traditional carol. If you want to do that, that’s fine! My favorite “popular” Christmas song is also the best, which is a fact! It’s, of course, “Christmas Wrapping” by the Waitresses. There is no other choice!
R.I.P. Patty Donahue. Don’t smoke, kids!
As for the more “traditional” song – I’ve always been a huge fan of “O Holy Night.” It’s a great song for a choir, and I always loved singing it in our high school chorus. I just love how it slowly builds to the triumphant chorus with “Fall on your knees, oh hear the angel voices” and then the soaring “Oh night divine.” It’s very cool. It works well when only one person sings it, naturally, but it’s really amazing when a choir does it.
What are your favorites? If you say “Last Christmas” or “All I Want for Christmas Is You” or, heaven forfend, “Wonderful Christmastime,” then we can’t be friends anymore. I’m sorry, but them’s the rules!
I hope everyone is having a great Christmas if you celebrate it, or just a great Sunday if you don’t! I’ve been slacking with my Questions of the Week, but I’m trying to get back on track, so we’ll see what happens in the new year!