I love Christmas carols–perhaps you’ve noticed. But some holiday songs I can’t stand. Like the Beatles singing “Simply having a wonderful Christmastime.” What a lame song! And don’t the Beach Boys sing a song just like “The Little St. Nick.” There’s no Christmas-ness about that song at all.
I don’t want to hear “I saw Momma kissing Santa” again, and some versions of “Santa Baby” will induce me to leave a store. But those are the holiday songs I can name; more repulsive to me are songs about the Lord. I hate “I believe in Bethlehem.” It would be better named “I believe in Christmas Kitsch.” And “Jesus, What a wonderful child” is dreadfully repetitive, though I guess I should spare that one for sake of differing tastes. Southern Gospel isn’t my style.
As for the songs I love:
- “The Christmas Waltz”
- “The Carol of the Bells”
- “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire”
- “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen”
- “Gloria” – Vivaldi’s, Handel’s, and Charlie Peacock’s
- “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing”
- “O Holy Night”
I don’t need to go on. What about you? Favored songs? Disfavored songs? Songs that inspire you to throw something at a department store speaker?