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Least Wonderful Songs of the Year

The case against Christmas music
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“We wish you a Merry Christmas, we wish you a Merry Christmas, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.” We’ve reached the season of the jolly man in red blurting out nothing but “ho ho ho.” Children have started making their Christmas lists and people are playing and singing nothing but irritating noise.

Christmas brings a break from school, presents and Houston finally gets its moment in the cold which is what the majority of people look forward to. Not only that but endless repeats of Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas is You” and “Jingle Bell Rock” can be heard from miles away.

Spreading only joy, these “classics” lack variety as there’s not much that differentiates many of these songs. Whether it’s at a store or outside homes, the message of love or a cozy, white Christmas can never go quiet during these times. 

“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas,” Michael Buble sings, however nothing about humidity and sweat forms the image. Not to mention the weeks of studying for midterms which are then followed by a two week meltdown because of those test grades.

Holiday songs picture the idea of being wrapped up in a cozy blanket with hot chocolate in front of a fire while watching Christmas movies. Though the South has its spotlight in the cold, this image seems to be made for people in the Northeast or individuals who have the pleasure of pursuing this without overheating. 

Although Houston does get cold and occasionally a “freeze,” the houses aren’t accustomed to the weather, which means people are having to drop a fortune on their pipes and heating. On top of that, the roads tend to ice over and luckily for Houstonians, tires aren’t adjusted to icy conditions nor are drivers capable of steering on icy roads.

Stores fill up with red and green decor as soon as August, completely tuning out Halloween and Thanksgiving with “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” Ugly sweaters, stockings, gingerbreads and candy canes are what these songs fuel, they awaken the idea that people need the music to get into the spirit.

These songs also only reflect the environment of North America as Christmas is not a global holiday nor does it always happen in the winter, Australia’s seasons are flipped from the United States, as it is summer from November to February.

Everyone is entitled to their opinion, however for some people it’s a one-sided debate that these tunes are the holy grail. When the statement, “I’m not into Christmas music” is heard all of sudden a huge gasp of disappointment can be heard throughout the universe. 

Holiday songs not only ignore the aggravating side of the holidays but they lack originality, they boast about coziness and snowflakes instead of exploring beyond those topics and generating exhilarating music. There was a time when Christmas music was amusing, however it has become tiresome.

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Aleisha Paulick, Writer
Senior Aleisha Paulick is in her third and last year as a Staff Writer for Lamar Life. Aleisha has always had an interest in Journalism so she joined to gain experience, however prior to that she always had a passion for writing, it was a way for her to express herself. Joining Lamar Life allowed her to write about topics that she was curious about, not only that about it allowed her to explore these topics and find out the why of the world. Outside of writing, Aleisha is a huge water baby and loves to be outdoors. Her favorite movie is How to train Your Dragon and is obsessed with the artist DPR Ian.

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