Christmas Songs Are Not Stale and Dull: A Response to Myself

2020 has given me a fresh perspective on the songs I got so disenfranchised with.

Last year, I wrote an article which discussed how the repetition of the same songs every year has made Christmas songs "stale and dull". If you haven't yet read that, click the link and read it before this one to understand why I went full grinch towards these songs. In many ways, I stand by this opinion as well. Hearing Slade, Mariah Carey and convicted murderer Phil Spector's collection of Christmas tunes is all fun and games for a bit but you can quickly find yourself tailing off after about a week or so. In any normal year, the annual cycle of the same 15 tracks can wear on you as you walk into every shop playing from the same jukebox as the last one.

But not this year.

2020 has been sh*te. I know this, you know this, nearly 8 billion people know this. No doubt even newborn babies who haven't yet developed object permanence know this. As we have all been getting COVID, losing our jobs, breaking up with our partners and simply doing nothing, we have looked to our days of yore in an effort to find some joy. Whether it has been nostalgic music, our favourite films or the video games we grew up with, all of us looked to the better days of 2019 and before in our quest for some salvation from this, the worst of all years.

Now it's December and things may finally be back on the up. Trump is on his way out, there are multiple vaccines almost ready to go and 2021 looks as if it will start on a much better note than 2020. Admittedly, it's a low bar, but you can only beat what's in front of you and so far, 2021 seems determined to bring back the good times.

For now, though, we are still in 2020 and though things are looking up for the future, all these things - Biden's inauguration, the vaccines being rolled out etc. - are not here yet. There is still a gloomy atmosphere surrounding the world and we're still looking to combat it, which brings us to today's topic: Christmas songs.