I could do without Christmas songs at all, but some of them are more grating than others. Anything that mentions Santa Claus or Jingle Bells or Christmas trees is automatically filed under pap, and I've never really had much time for Christmas carols.
I think Last Christmas is a very good pop song in its own right. It would work if you substituted "Christmas" for another 2 syllable word like Thursday or Birthday (not great examples).
Hot Chocolate have a less known song called Brand New Christmas. That's probably my favourite because I like the sentiments, although, like all the others, I never play it.
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I like Leona Lewis' One More Sleep and the previously mentioned Kelly Clarkson.
An older one I like is Christmas Wrapping by The Waitresses.
First line is Bah Humbug! Always a good start
Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, vodka in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming, "WOO HOO what a ride!"
By default, I'm not a fan of Christmas songs, but there's a few that get me.
The aforementioned Christmas Wrapping. Then there's any of Darlene Love's. But the belter for me is Please Come Home For Christmas by Southside Johnny from the Home Alone 2 soundtrack. Man those horns.....😍
Away in a Manger sung by kids. Gets me every time.
They have a children's Mass on Christmas Eve in our parish. Every year Mass begins with all the lights being turned off and only candlelight, the Jesus figure is walked to the crib by 2 children and Away in a Manger is sung led by the local schoolchildren.
You have to have a heart of stone not to be moved by it. Even if you don't believe in all the religious stuff it's just a really beautiful community moment.
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