Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Christmas Music

I listened to a radio station on the way to work this morning. They were playing Christmas music. I noticed, however, in the hour that I listened (30 minutes there this morning and 30 minutes home) that not a single song was a traditional "religious" Christmas song. Has it gotten so bad that now people are even offended if a song has a spiritual reference? I happen to love the many traditional Christmas hymns. I don't much care for the modernization of some of them, but they didn't even play those. All I heard was things like "Have a Holly Jolly Christmas" and "Jingle Bell Rock." Those are o.k., but what happened to "Silent Night", "O Come All Ye Faithful", or "What Child is This?"
I'm sick and tired of the complaints of people being offended by hearing the words "Merry Christmas." Those same people probably enjoy time off for Christmas and getting presents etc. If you really don't like the holiday season, just deal with it. I would venture that there are many more that do appreciate this time of year and what it means. There is truly a spirit of Christmas this time of year, but unfortunately, there's also a lot of scrooges trying to destroy it.
My friend Andrew isn't "religious" per se, but I'm sure he's not going to huff and puff if someone wishes him a "Merry Christmas." I just wish all those people that try to make a big stink over the holiday would simply get a life. Now let's hear some REAL Christmas music.

5 comments:

emptydog said...

Interesting observation.

And I agree with your comments completely. Excellent post.

Susanlee said...

I think generally they start playing the more "traditional" Christmas music slightly closer to Christmas. And, while I'm not religious, I also enjoy the "spiritual" Christmas songs. (God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen being my favorite holiday song.) I've never gotten offended by a "Merry Christmas," although, I do normally say "Happy Holidays" myself. We do have a tree (which is actually more a pagan symbol anyway) and, in the spirit of being fair I'm on the hunt for a menorah. We'll probably end up teaching our children *all* the traditions surrounding the season in any case...Maybe not Kwanza. I don't know enough about that one. Oh well.

Summer said...

I'm right there with you. I'm so tired of being singled out and being made to feel bad about my beliefs. Like it's a crime. What's criminal here is making me feel that way.

Cheryl said...

I'm Jewish, and couldn't wait till I grew up so I could celebrate Christmas. I was always invited to the neighbor's house to partake of their Christmas activities: baking cookies, wrapping presents, etc. I love all kinds of Christmas music, the old and the new.

This is the first time I've commented, but I like your blog, and we have Andrew in common. I'll come back and comment again.

Cheryl said...

I'm Jewish, and couldn't wait till I grew up so I could celebrate Christmas. I was always invited to the neighbor's house to partake of their Christmas activities: baking cookies, wrapping presents, etc. I love all kinds of Christmas music, the old and the new.

This is the first time I've commented, but I like your blog, and we have Andrew in common. I'll come back and comment again.