Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Winter Songs

I am not crazy about the idea that there are some songs that have been classified as Christmas Carols (or Holiday Songs, to be more PC) that have nothing to do with Christmas Day. Because of their wintertime imagery, they have been labeled as Christmas Songs. For example:

Baby, It's Cold Outside. This songs sounds more like a case for statutory rape than a Christmas song.

Good King Wenceslas. The feast of St. Stephen is celebrated in the Czech Republic on December 26th. That's the only reason this is considered a Christmas song.

My Favourite Things. Taken from the Sound of Music where it's sung during a springtime thunderstorm.

Frosty The Snowman. Snow people are built as long as there is snow on the ground. That can be as early as late October and lasting until early May, depending on where you live in the northern hemisphere.

Jingle Bells and Sleigh Ride. Two songs about a mode of transportation that became outdated at the beginning of the last century. These songs have nothing to do with Christmas Day. Actually, the mention of pumpkin pie in the latter song reminds me more of Thanksgiving than Christmas.

Jingle Bell Rock
. Seems to be mostly about a party. But not necessarily a Christmas party.

Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow. 'Nuff said.

Winter Wonderland. There's not a word in this song that has anything to do with Christmas. It's all about winter, which I was always told lasts until March 21st, officially.

It's a shame that these sweet songs can only be enjoyed for less than a month. Time spent outside on snowy days, sitting in front of fires, cuddling and nuzzling, good times with friends; these are not Christmas traditions. And perhaps it would continue the feeling of "peace on earth, goodwill to men" if we could listen to these songs longer than just 25 days a year.


  1. I've always scratched my head over "My Favorite Things" - WTF?
    But when you think about all the aspects that we consider to be part of the Christmas tradition that were incorporated as time went on -- from decorating traditions to the food we associate with traditional Xmas meals, it makes sense that certain songs would also get pulled into the Christmas stew.

  2. What with Global Warming, those winter songs won't have but a month (if that!) in which they are appropriate!

    Even being a rabbi's daughter, I have to say that Blue Christmas is one of myt faves.