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It’s Beginning to Sound a Lot Like Christmas

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The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear. ~ Buddy, Elf (Photo courtesy of Pixabay)

The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear. ~ Buddy, Elf (Photo courtesy of Pixabay)

The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear. ~ Buddy, Elf (Photo courtesy of Pixabay)

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December 25th is approaching quickly, which means those beloved Christmas songs are already taking over radio stations everywhere. The Christmas spirit is beginning to resurface, as are the well-known carols from past Decembers.

“I like Christmas music. I love how happy it is. There are a few songs that are sad, but even those songs are still good. I also like that everyone knows the words, so they are really fun. They get you in the holiday spirit,” says sophomore Jackson O’Bleness.

Christmas music is one of the most familiar customs when it comes to the holiday season. It is an adored tradition that has carried on for years since as early as the 1500s, and can bring people together, which is what the holidays are all about.

“I think the reason Christmas music continues to be passed from generation to generation is because of the tradition. It’s just something that everyone looks forward too, and it just makes you feel good listening to it,” says sophomore Maddie Gagne.

From volunteering to spending time with friends and family, most people go out of their way all season in order to spread Christmas cheer. One way that has been preserved for over 2000 years is Christmas caroling. Carolers didn’t originally go door-to-door to sing during just Christmas time; instead, they would sing songs or wish their neighbors good fortune. The tradition began to be associated with Christmas as many of the songs carolers sang were common carols.

“I’ve never gone door-to-door caroling. However, I have gone to Roper Mountain with my elementary school during Christmas to sing with our chorus. It was so cold and I had lost my voice, so I wasn’t too fond of the experience. Also, if door-to-door caroling is anything like the movies, I don’t really get it. Why would you sing to your neighbors in the cold when they probably don’t even care? I’m not a huge fan of the idea,” says sophomore Dorothy Campbell.

Rather than waiting for carolers, most people just listen to the radio. During this time, most radio stations have switched over to Christmas music exclusively. They play songs anywhere from the traditional Christmas carols, such as Good King Wenceslas or We Wish You a Merry Christmas, to more modern songs, like I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus or Santa Baby.

“My favorite Christmas song would have to be Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas is You. My dad loves to play old Christmas music, but that’s really not my taste at all. I love the more modern pop-sounding Christmas songs,” says Gagne.

Pop Christmas music is becoming more popular each year. However, some people still love to listen to the classics.

“It’s really hard to choose a favorite Christmas song, but I think I would have to say that Carol of the Bells is my favorite song because I was really good at playing it in eighth grade,” says sophomore Donovan Springle.

Christmas music is some of the most popular and well-known music in the world, but, despite the popularity, most agree that it should not be played too early.

“Christmas music shouldn’t be played before Black Friday. It’s way too early, and it runs into Thanksgiving,” says O’Bleness.

However, some of the faithful listeners start listening to Christmas music before Thanksgiving, and some even listen to it all year long!

“I listen to Christmas music all year long. It’s a break from everyday music, and, overall, it’s just more wholesome and happy; I associate it with good memories. Overall, it’s just really good. I think people should start listening to it about mid to late November,” says Campbell.

It doesn’t matter if you listen to Christmas music for one week or one month; the effects are inevitable. It’s a special time of the year that can connect so many people. In our world of chaos and disagreement, the familiar Christmas songs are a pleasant alternative to the difficulties in our lives.

“I think Christmas music is such a big deal because people know that Christmas is such a big deal. It makes people happy, and it’s a nice change for the world each year,” says Springle.

When it comes down to it, Christmas music is important as it symbolizes family, friends, happiness, and cheer. It is truly the most wonderful time of the year.

“[Christmas music] is more pure and more suitable for all ages to enjoy and connect with. It’s more fun because almost everyone knows the songs, and it makes the joyful songs infectious because people are more likely to sing along when they know the words to the songs. Christmas is a time for spending time with loved ones, and I think people love how Christmas music really embodies that,” says Campbell.

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