I wrote a blog entry a year or two ago (I would check exactly, but am too lazy) about my thoughts on Christmas music.
Here are some new thoughts.
First, I figured out that I like some Christmas music a lot. I like some Christmas music well enough to tolerate it. And some Christmas music I positively can’t stand.
Guess what? I feel that way about MOST music! That epiphany has helped me a lot this Christmas season, because it means I can listen to Christmas music on the radio the way I usually listen to the radio. When it’s something I like, I turn it up. When it’s something I like well enough, I leave it be. If I hate it, I change the station. Simple. Just like always!
Let it Snow by Chicago
Little Drummer Boy by Pentatonix (In fact, I discovered I like this song, period. I love the end where it says, “Then he smiled at me!” What a wonderful picture!)
All I Want for Christmas Is You – Vince Vance & the Valiants
All I Want for Christmas Is You – Mariah Carey
Sleigh Ride – instrumental version by Boston Pops Orchestra
Traditional versions of Silent Night, O Holy Night, Hark the Herald Angels Sing, O Come All Ye Faithful, and Joy to the World.
Mary, Did You Know? (Kenny Rogers & Wynona Judd)
A Baby Changes Everything – Faith Hill
Charlie Brown Christmas
Songs I tolerate:
Holly Jolly Christmas
Please Come Home for Christmas (Don Henley) (do you sense a theme here?)
Songs that impel me to change the station:
Any version of Jingle Bells, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Santa Baby, I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus, or Frosty the Snowman.
Anything by Amy Grant
In other good news this year, I am doing pretty well this Christmas. If you’ve followed my blog, you know that this is usually a difficult time of year for me. I won’t say I’m doing as well as last Christmas, but I’m not in any kind of deep funk, either. On balance, things are good. It’s been a stressful couple of months around here, for many reasons, but we’ve also had more than our share of blessing, too.
So, Merry Christmas, everyone! Thanks for following me, and thanks for being so awesome.