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Christmas Music Doesn’t Sound All That Christmasy Anymore

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Christmas music is difficult to escape this time of year, but I’ve noticed that today’s Christmas songs don’t quite have the magic that they used to.

I enjoy some Christmas music a great deal. But there’s a growing number of newer holiday songs that don’t do it for me.

A while back, I wrote up a list of my 10 favorite Christmas songs. What I’ve come to realize about that list is it isn’t just the songs themselves. I also like the songs because of particular singers who made them their own.

My favorite Christmas song is “Sleigh Ride.” I prefer the classic instrumental edition by Leroy Anderson. But if I’m going to listen to a vocal version, I really want it to be Johnny Mathis singing it.

If I hear “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” I’m not going to enjoy it nearly as much unless the late Andy Williams is the performer.

And no one can sing “The Christmas Song” quite like the legendary Nat King Cole.

I’ve heard a few — and mercifully, only a few — of my least favorite Christmas songs this year. That classic “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” still makes me wonder what a “new old-fashioned way” means. And the guitars that remind me of a donkey braying isn’t my favorite, either. I even heard the tail end of “Little Saint Nick” by the Beach Boys while shopping the other day.

It’s not that there are no classics playing. But there are plenty of newer Christmas songs by performers I’ve never heard of. And just like contemporary church music, a lot of the newer stuff doesn’t seem to have much substance.

I figure there’s a reason some of the most popular Christmas songs have stood the test of time for generations.

There’s that old saying, “They don’t make them like they used to.” For Christmas music, it certainly seems true to me!

What are your favorite Christmas songs?

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Patrick is a Christian with more than 28 years experience in professional writing, producing and marketing. His professional background also includes social media, reporting for broadcast television and the web, directing, videography and photography. He enjoys getting to know people over coffee and spending time with his dog.