“I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas.” Love it or hate it, everyone has heard the Bing Crosby song “White Christmas,” but why? What makes Christmas music so inherently catchy and memorable?
Christmas for me, takes me back to a simpler time. A time where our modern problems leave us for a little, and we all just get along. Christmas music is (largely) the only time of the year where “old” is played EVERYWHERE, I love hearing Christmas music. It is almost like a vacation for my ears because there is no modern artist that sounds anything like Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole, or Dean Martin. But this also brings up a good point: Is Christmas music overplayed?
To me, the Christmas season starts the day after Thanksgiving and ends on New Year's Day. But in the modern world, Americans start thinking about Christmas the days before Halloween. Maybe this is because of the practice of having Halloween costumes next to Christmas decorations. This really makes the Christmas season feel drawn out. One of my favorite things about Christmas time is how fast it flies by. But when there is Christmas music playing for around two months before the actual day, the season feels too long and drawn out.
That being said, I still love Christmas music. Some of my earliest memories are of my mom and me putting up decorations and listening to the “A Charlie Brown Christmas” soundtrack.
My favorite Christmas song is Frank Sinatra’s version of “Jingle Bells.” It is simple but catchy. So what are other people’s favorite Christmas songs? “Carol of the Bells” is Sophomore Brandon Koch’s favorite Christmas song. Some popular picks were “Jingle Bells” by many different artists, “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!” by Dean Martin, and “All I Want for Christmas Is You” by Mariah Carey. History teacher Patricia Lackey had a one-of-a-kind pick in “I Wonder as I Wander.” Several people said they didn’t really have a single favorite song. They really had to think about it.
Overall, the Christmas season brings a happiness and joy that does normally not exist the rest of the year. This is most obvious in the music, which takes us back to the simpler times when we could all just get along. While some people might think Christmas music is overplayed, it is still an important part of the holiday season.
Photos from public domain images