Monday, December 23, 2013

Winter Songs Only Sung at Christmas Time

There are many songs associated with Christmas whether they are secular or religious.  But there are songs that have nothing to do with Christmas, yet they are only sung during Christmas time.  Songs such as "Winter Wonderland," "Let it Snow," "Jingle Bells," and "Frosty the Snowman" to name oh but a handful of songs have been woven into the fabric of Christmas music.  The fact is that they have absolutely nothing to do with Christmas.  These songs don't even allude to Christmas or make any references to this great holiday season.

I'm not saying they are bad songs or anything like that.  The point of it is, that they should be sung during WINTER and not just Christmas.  Growing up, I found it odd to sing "Jingle Bells" when it wasn't Christmas as I always thought it was a Christmas song.  I've come to realize that that isn't the case at all.  Just because something like "Jingle Bells" has long been associated with Christmas does not and I mean DOES NOT have anything to do with Christmas.

I am not trying to be a Grinch.  Far from it.  I'm not saying you can't sing those winter songs during Christmas.  Besides, who am I tell you you can't?  It's more so the point that these are are not Christmas songs and shouldn't be relegated to be one.  Whoever wrote them wrote them as a winter song.  If the writer wanted to be a Christmas song, than he or she would have done so.  Sure traditionally snow has a lot to do with Christmas, but snow isn't strictly relegated to Christmas.  If you live in parts of the world that get winter and snow, you know that winter can last six months or more.

Let me ask you this: Why relegate winter songs to just Christmas time?  As stated, there are no references to Christmas in them.  Keeping on with my example and using "Jingle Bells," it was written as a Thanksgiving song by James Lord Pierpont according to mental_floss Magazine.  You can read that even though it has nothing to do with Thanksgiving, that's what it was written for.  Yet people altered the lyrics and made it Christmas friendly and it has become the most performed and known non-Christmas Christmas songs.

If people bothered to know a song's background and lyrical content, than they wouldn't be so quick to lump it in with a specific holiday season.  That's just lazy on whoever's part it was to do that.  If it's a winter song, than sing it all winter long.  People like to complain about Christmas music, but if you sing a winter song all winter long, than they can't complain about it in the realm of Christmas music because it's not.  We need to get out of that mindset that songs with lyrical content about winter is for Christ time.  I doubt people will, but nevertheless, we need too.  Simple as that.

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