I really enjoy the Christmas season. I love the trees and lights. I love seeing all the red and green. I really loving giving people gifts that I know they'll enjoy. And I definitely love Christmas carols.
I've already busted out all my Trans-Siberian Orchestra stuff the other day as I was decorating my house. I'm especially eager to get the Sufjan Stevens Christmas cd from a friend of mine later tonight. I don't complain that Mix 92.9 plays all Christmas music between Thanksgiving and Christmas day. I enjoy bee-bopping along in my car listening to all the festive tunes.
(A side note: Someone actually said to me the other day that she was sorry I had to be alone during the holidays. I suppose being single is interpreted as being alone? It's true that I can find a lot of joy out of having a significant other to share major holidays with, but not having one does not mean I'm alone. I do have friends and family and other would-be suitors, people. Just needed to throw that out there for anyone else who may be concerned. Glad we've got that settled, thanks.)
Back in my choir days, I loved when we did "O Holy Night" in the Christmas concert. There's just something about that song that is amazing. I heard Celine Dion's version in the car the other day and must say that my attempts to sing like her are often in vain, but when I turn the radio up really loud you might be convinced that I can hit those high notes, too.
My all-time favorite Christmas song? "Carol of the Bells." I have never heard a version I didn't love.
My least favorite? "Last Christmas." I first heard this song back in college when I worked at the mall during two Christmas seasons. We had a cd with about 4 hours of music, so I was guaranteed to hear every song once or twice during a shift. Those songs become permanently engrained in your head. This one just especially drove me nuts. The chorus is something like, "Last Christmas, I gave you my heart/ But the very next day, you gave it away/ This year to save me from tears/ I'll give it to someone special..." Why is this person only giving away their heart on Christmas? Did they not think the first person was special? I don't forsee this song becoming the next best classic Christmas carol anytime soon.
I know not everyone enjoys Christmas tunes. My sister always complains when I want to listen to them despite my best efforts to point out that we only listen to them for a month out of the year. I'm considering an intervention... how can anyone not like the occasional round of "We Wish You a Merry Christmas?" Ok, maybe that one I can understand...