My exposure to Christmas music began with listening to the radio in the backseat of my Grammy’s car while we drove around and looked at Christmas lights. We would sing everything from “Silent Night” to “All I Want For Christmas is You” while touring the best displays my town had to offer. When we arrived back at her house, she would sit down at the piano and pull out sheet music to classic Christmas songs and we would sing along together. Some of my best memories from Christmas time were made at my Grammy and Papa’s house.
I will die with my opinion that secular Christmas music is a heck of a lot more exciting than religious Christmas music. Nobody wants to hear “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” at an ugly sweater party, and I’d pick Bruce Springsteen singing “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” any day over a choral arrangement of “Silent Night.” There’s just something about it that doesn’t feel... christmassy? I don’t know, but every time I defend my stance on this, Annie Lennox’ 2010 album “A Christmas Cornucopia” comes back to haunt me, as if it exists to prove me wrong.