As we get closer to the holidays, perhaps it’s time to turn the mood to the positive, the festive. Because while it’s true that some things about the holiday season are trying and awful, there are always those things that get under you skin and, try as you might to not, you just love them.
Which, of course, brings us inevitably back Christmas songs. Those staples of shopping malls, high school choirs and intoxicated relatives. Because some of those songs? You just love. Can’t help it. These are Christmas songs that, though you may be reluctant to admit it, you’re excited to hear every December. Maybe you even sing along to it.
Some you might just love, like “Silent Night.” Some you might be embarrassed about, chagrined by their utter sincerity. Like “Little-Drummer Boy,” especially that duet version by Bing Crosby and David Bowie. I love this song and find it moving despite the fact that Crosby and Bowie surely must have hated each other, and despite the fact (okay, and a little bit because of the fact) that it’s about a kid who decides that what this newborn and exhausted mother needs is me whanging on the drums!
Then there are surprisingly good rock Christmas songs like “Fairytale of New York” by The Pogues, or The Waitresses’ “Christmas Wrapping.” Or maybe you prefer irony and dark sarcasm, a la The Kinks’ “Father Christmas.”
Then, of course, there are the more somber, haunting spirituals. There’s a whole gamut.
So, with that in mind, this week’s Weekly Question of the Week question for the week of December 18 is: What Christmas song do you just wish you could give a big old hug and kiss on the cheek?