Christmas is a very extraordinary time of year for Christians and especially for Christians living in Christian countries. A substantial part of the ambiance at Christmas is created by Christmas music. Christmas music needs traditionally consisted chiefly of carols and hymns, but some pop songs have become definite favourites in the repertoire of music for Christmas.
This special blend of traditional Christmas carols and pop music made especially for Christmas makes the month of December immediately identifiable.
Obviously, the kind of Christmas music that you will hear the most often depends on where you go and what stations you listen to. If you listen to stations that specialize in well-liked music for the young, you will hear very little Christmas music.
If your taste is for so-called ‘easy listening’, you will get to hear ‘White Christmas’ by Bing Crosby a number of times a day, because it is said to be the most well-liked Christmas music of all time. You will also hear many songs by Cliff Richard, who has been releasing Christmas ‘specials’ for decades.
Christmas specials are records released with a Christmas message of peace and goodwill. Artists who bring out these specials are trying to be the number one best selling artist over the lucrative Christmas period.
The number one record over the Christmas period will be played millions of times over the airwaves and in clubs making bags of money for the singer and the song writer in royalties.
Classical radio stations will play traditional Christmas music such as Handel’s ‘Messiah’ and choral renditions of popular carols and nativity songs like ‘Away in a Manger’, ‘Silent Night’ and ‘Hark the Herald Angels Sing’. This sort of song is also sung in schools, churches and Christmas parties all over the country – every western Christian country.
Well-liked time-honoured children’s’ Christmas songs are ones like ‘Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer’, ‘On the First Day of Christmas’ and ‘Good King Wenseslas’. Then there are songs from the Fifties and Sixties which were sung in renowned Christmas films. Songs like ‘Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire’ and ‘I Saw Mummy Kissing Santa Claus’.
There is, in fact, a colossal assortment of Christmas music available, but many songs are repeated over and over again ad nauseam. On the one hand, most people find it just nice to hear a couple of Christmas songs every day, but on the other hand, most people are glad when the Christmas music ceases on Boxing Day.
This is because the modern trend has been to start playing Christmas music on December the first or even late November. A month of this music repeated endlessly becomes mind-numbing. Everybody loves the Christmas holiday season and the parties, celebrations and joviality that goes with the season, but the Christmas music goes on for too long for the majority of people.
Everybody ought to have a selection of Christmas music to play over the festive season, but remember, when you have friends visiting, not to over play these records as everybody will have heard them dozens of times already that day.