I was intrigued to read what Emily considers to be the worst Christmas song ever written. Now I must confess I’ve never heard “The Christmas Shoes”, but I do concur with her where it concerns “Last Christmas” regardless of who sings it. I also haven’t heard Céline Dion’s version of “Feliz Navidad” and am inclined to avoid it despite having recently read Carl Wilson’s treatise on bad taste concerning her album Let’s Talk About Love.
But I must part company with Emily when she includes John Lennon’s “Happy X-Mas (War is Over)” and Paul McCartney’s “Wonderful Christmas Time”. I included both of them in my list of my twelve favorite Christmas songs several years ago.
Yes, “War is Over” is anti-war propaganda, but it’s also a damn good song and the harmonies of the Harlem Community Choir are astounding. As for “Wonderful Christmas Time”, it was probably my favorite X-mas song growing up. I once waited ’til 4:45 a.m. so I could tape it off the radio.
If Emily is cynical about Christmas music then I would suggest listening to my favorite Christmas song – “I Believe in Father Christmas” by ex-Emerson, Lake & Palmer lead singer Greg Lake. Perhaps we do get the Christmas we deserve.
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