Let It Snow

Our lovely kitchen
The front porch of the Ockenga Honors Lodge, i.e. our apartment
Our Christmas Tree!
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And, oh yeah, my friend got engaged yesterday.

“It’s that time of year…

When the world falls in love.”  –Frank Sinatra, The Christmas Waltz

I’ve never been one to really get into the holiday mood.  I know, I know…half of my friends just passed out in horror.  I don’t generally listen to Christmas music, but this year, I have compiled all of my Christmas music in an iTunes playlist and am actually listening to it.  And beautiful as it is, I realize that there might be a reason why I don’t normally listen to it during this time of year.  I feel as if I am stuck in that scene in You’ve Got Mail where Kathleen Kelly is decorating The Shop Around the Corner.  You know that scene, don’t you?  Well, if not, here it is:

I don’t know why, but Christmas music just makes me feel so melancholy.  I guess it doesn’t help that Frank Sinatra keeps telling me that the world is in love, and I am not.  I guess Christmas can just feel pretty lonely at times, and Christmas music jabs you between the ribs with its crooning sentimentality and nostalgia.  Yet I sit here next to our Christmas tree, listening to Judy Garland break my heart while imploring me to have myself a Merry Little Christmas.  So I suppose the verdict is still out.  I’ll keep listening to this music, but if I start getting weepy at every Hallmark or Campbell’s Soup commercial, I’ll know I’ve reached my limit.  What do you think about Christmas music?