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?