I Hate Christmas Music


The Worst Song Ever

Nick Swiatkowski

Christmas is a time of year where everyone is happy or very stressed. Almost every interaction you have this time of year with a stranger will end with “Have a great holiday!” I think the holidays are a great time in which family, friends, and strangers and supposed to come together, be nice to each other and enjoy the world we live in. I think that is a grand idea but to me there is an obstacle:¬†CHRISTMAS MUSIC.

When you’re young, Christmas music is great. The songs are simple and meant to be so that as a child you can enjoy them. I can see that there is a magic tied to the music. The music is supposed to remind you of Santa Clause and Frosty the Snowman which from their roots are magical. The lyrics are simple and repetitive, which makes sense so that it can be remembered. When you hear a song about the famous red-nosed reindeer, or sleighs in snow, its exciting, its builds anticipation for Christmas.

When your older,I feel that the songs are too simple. For example the song Holly Jolly Christmas goes as follows:

Have a holly jolly Christmas
It’s the best time of the year
Well I don’t know if there’ll be snow
But have a cup of cheer

Have a holly jolly Christmas
And when you walk down the street
Say hello to friends you know
And everyone you meet

Sure, it follows the basic rule of music to be catchy and have lyrics that are easy to remember, but i feel that they are just ultra repetitive. Especially after hearing them for years on repeat. That’s another thing: name a time you’ve heard a genuinely heard a new Christmas song. A new one, not Mariah Carey screaming into a microphone until all the glass in your car shatters. You dont. Christmas songs have been on repeat for as long as I know. A new song every now and then would be refreshing.

Take it like a popular song on the radio right now. The first time you hear it you might like it and the more it plays you like it more and more. Then the amount you like it peaks and you start to dislike it because it’s overplayed. Maybe it comes back on in a year and you get very excited about it but if its played 5 more times in the same hour that same dislike will peak in you again.

The love of Christmas music likely also ties to the memories you have of it, which makes sense; families around the christmas tree, opening presents and listening to the music. That wasn’t my Christmas scene. I always had the tree and the presents, but my first few Christmases in life we with my family in Brooklyn before my mother moved down to Lake Worth. Our christmases were full of Italian pastries and filled with music like Eminem, Jay-Z, Beastie Boyz, or whatever other type of music we felt like. My uncles had a disgust toward Christmas music and I think that translated to me.

Songs about sledding down hills and meeting Santa just dont excite me, and I dont care for them either (I dont quite understand how Floridians who have never seen snow also love songs about sledding and snowball fights). I think for me to be into Christmas music, the songs would have to be played starting around mid-December instead of the beginning of November. Maybe a new song once in a while would be nice, too.