Tuesday, December 1, 2020

If it helps, I hate myself for liking "Wonderful Christmastime"

December 1st is traditionally the first day I allow myself to listen to Christmas music. I know a lot of people start earlier, and that's OK. I just like to wait until the first of December.

Nearly every year, the first holiday tune that comes up on my phone is Paul McCartney's "Wonderful Christmastime." This is purposeful, because I put it there.

I am in a hated minority, I realize.

Which do you think is more highly despised: "Wonderful Christmastime" or Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You?" It's close.

In the case of the latter, I think it has more to do with people disliking Mariah herself. But who hates Paul McCartney? No one. No one hates Paul McCartney.

The loathing for "Wonderful Christmastime" actually stems from the fact people love Sir Paul so much. How, they wonder, could a musical legend produce something so annoying, so sappy, so grating?

I get it...I think. But I really like that song. It makes me happy. It's at the top of my most-listened-to Christmas playlist.

You are probably appalled at me.

Which is fine, because I'm appalled at me, too. I can't help it.

"Ding dong, ding dong, ding dong, ding!"

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