December 1 is a great day for me as I get to “unwrap” my Christmas music. Yes, it is a self-imposed deadline, but still, it is an exciting day for one who likes music and Christmas as it opens my Christmas music feast for the next 31 days (Yes, I go 31 days as I have to wean myself off in the days between Christmas and New Year’s Day.
I held out until about 8:30 this morning, when I cued up “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas (I favor the Harry Connick Jr. version). Granted, a lot of Christmas music is pure schlock. I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas, Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer, and personal my favorite, Santa Lost a Ho.” Fun schlock, yes, and I listen to it more than I care to admit, but there is a lot of the Christmas message and sentiment of the season buried amongst all the music. It is like the quest for that favorite Christmas gift, you just have to keep looking. Take It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas. A lot of stuff about shopping and commercialism, yes, but also this gem buried in all that:
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Soon the bells will start
And the thing that will make them ring is the carol that you sing
Right within your heart
And of course, that gets to the point of it doesn’t it? For all the wringing of hands and gnashing of teeth about the commercialism of Christmas, Christmas, and Christmas music is and will always be what we, each of us, makes it out to be — “the carol that you sing right within your heart.”
Now, onto Santa Lost a Ho!