“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?