Whatever you’re celebrating this time of year, I hope it’s good. I hope it’s everything you need to be.
I realize a previous post may lead you in the direction of me not liking Christmas. Actually, I’m fairly certain I said that I kind of hate it. I also explained, which only matters if you took the slightly misleading title of the post to heart, that what I hate is what our society has made of Christmas.
I do, however, mostly hate Christmas music. Even once you peel out all of the blatantly religious songs that do still seem to get play everywhere, the majority of what you have left seems to be either blatantly materialist or designed to keep you mindlessly obedient. Get rid of that, and the children’s songs, and the pickings are starting to be slim. Peel out the humor and satire, which I do enjoy, and now you’re getting down to the things that are actually about stuff.
And that’s where I her live, so my playlist is small. This year, it seems to have only 11 songs in it. Not any particular order, again, minus the humor and satire. Maybe I’ll do a list of those next year.
White Wine in the Sun – Tim Minchin
Making the very point that Christmas has been rebuilt on a foundation of consumerism, whatever else it might have meant to anyone else.
Father Christmas – The Kinks
Reminding us that not everyone has it good and that the season sucks for some people.
Do They Know It’s Christmas – Band Aid
In response to a famine in Ethopia. Millions of people starving in one country. At Christmas, who would have thought such a thing could happen?
I Believe in Father Christmas – Greg Lake
A protest song about the commercialization of the holidays. In 1975. I wonder what the songwriter thinks these days.
You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch – Dr. Suess
Maybe Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store.
Christmas Wrapping – The Waitresses
Life is too damned busy. Even at Christmas. Especially at Christmas.
Happy Christmas – John Lennon
Also a protest song, one looking for peace.
Merry Fucking Christmas – South Park
You mean other people have different beliefs than I do? NSFW.
Thank God It’s Christmas – Queen
Maybe we can have a single, quiet night when we can forget all of our problems and worries.
Simply Having a Wonderful Christmastime – Paul McCartney
Closest thing on this list to a mindless fluff piece, but you need to look a little closer. It’s about living in the moment at Christmas, something that’s hard for most of us anytime.
Please Come Home for Christmas – The Eagles
Missing someone at Christmas, maybe someone you can never see again.
Be well, everyone.by