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Some Carols Are More Classic Than Others

By now, you may have heard more Christmas music than you care to.

After all, some stores have had their displays up and Christmas music on the PA since October or earlier. No point in waiting until the last minute, after all.

And some Christmas carols, notably the classics, I can listen to and enjoy anytime, although you don’t hear “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” “O Come All Ye Faithful, “Silent Night” or my late mother’s favorite “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear” in the store very often. And that’s unfortunate.

No, it’s usually what somebody decided would be called the “Sounds of the Season,” songs that have more to do with winter and almost nothing to do with Christmas.

Of course, I’m talking about “Sleigh Ride, “Frosty the Snowman,” “Winter Wonderland” and–dare I say it?–”Jingle Bells.” Nothing at all about Christmas. Winter, but not Christmas.

Then let’s not forget those that seem to come around every year for reasons unknown to me. To cite just one example, there’s one that goes something like “Oh by gosh, by golly, it’s time for mistletoe and holly.” Give me a break here. I’ve never met anyone who likes that song, except maybe the singer and a few others who made some dough off the recording.

I could go on and on until we’re all tired of it.

We’re talking about the birth of the Savior, not a day that, in the words of Lucy of “Peanuts” fame, is “run by a big Eastern syndicate.”

So I’ll take the timeless carols and the many contemporary Christmas songs I haven’t gotten tired of yet. Those I could listen to almost all year long.

Others, once a year is too often.

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