Growing up, I had fond memories of decorating cookies with my family listening to Christmas songs. We also used to travel to my grandparents every Christmas eve a couple hours away and listen to tunes on the way to see them. As our family is in that sweet spot where the kids both still believe in Santa and get really excited about Christmas, I’ve tried to impart some of this same love for Christmas songs to them and they’ve taken to it like Crossfitters to chalk.
Holly on the other hand is much less enthused about Christmas in general, but especially about the holiday songs. She especially hates Elvis’s “Blue Christmas”, but with the exception of “Baby it’s Cold Outside” (see below, one of my favorites too) and some of the traditional christian religious songs (like We Three Kings, Adore Him and Hark the Herald Angel Sings), she would prefer not to hear any songs I think.
As I said, I love almost all Christmas songs and really love to see the kids sing the same songs I love. It’s magical and really does bring out more joy and love to those I love when we spend this time together as a family. Even though Holly doesn’t really love these songs, she loves to see the kids in this light too as she is on the same wavelength on creating traditions for our family.
Besides the John Lennon “So this is Christmas”, the one song I really, really hate is one called Christmas Shoes. If you don’t remember the song, here it is (complete with lyrics):
Soooo lame. Christmas songs should be upbeat or religious (I too love those traditional christian songs) and celebrate the joy of the holiday season and what it represents. Rather than have a rant by me on this song, comedian Patton Oswalt has already done one that is really great. Enjoy!