I wonder if it is solely me who is bugged by this, but whenever I do a little bit of shopping at this time of year, whether that is in supermarkets or other shops, I get very tired of hearing the same, screeching Christmas songs over and over again.
And major unpopular opinion – I can’t stand music blaring in shops anyway! If I walk into a shop that is playing deafeningly loud music, I will walk straight out! It’s off-putting and damages essential communication with retail staff. Not to mention that any shop playing loud music is being inaccessible to the one in six D/deaf and Hard of Hearing customers because it inhibits clear communication and full awareness.
So this wasn’t going to be the post for a bit of d/Deaf awareness, but if you are a retail worker and your shop/store plays background music, keep it at a suitable, low level so you can hear yourself, colleagues, and customers speak. As well as allowing for a nicer shopping experience, you’re limiting your own risk of becoming d/Deaf and/or giving yourself tinnitus.
Anyway. I digress.
When I started typing this, I was meant to go on to say that there are actually some Christmas songs that I do like to listen to and will play on repeat. I think the ones I enjoy tend to get swept under the carpet and forgotten about, which is sad because they deserve a lot of love!
Let’s get to it.
Christmases, where I live, don’t tend to get very white anymore. If there is snow, it turns to greyish slush really quickly, but that is beside the point. The two films this song features in are classics (Holiday Inn, and White Christmas), and whenever I hear it, I get really warm fuzzy feelings. It’s comforting, gentle, and has a beautiful melody that is nice to listen to.
Do You Hear What I Hear?
I can’t think of anything to say apart from when I discovered this rendition a few years ago, I have been in love with it ever since. It must be one of the most played Christmas songs on my iPod because I never tire of it. It is constantly on repeat!
Chante, c’est Noël
I could have just put this song in a Disney post, but what is the point in that? Every time I listen to this parade song, I picture myself spending the holidays at Disneyland Paris and that’s something I’ve never had the chance to do. It fills me with both normal and Disney Christmas magic and I love Disney magic at this time of year.
The Christmas Song
Warm, comforting, calming relaxing and any other suitable synonyms are exactly how I describe this song. It’s one I tend to hear more on the Christmas cookery programmes that are repeated incessantly at this time of the year
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Apart from the Disneyland Paris track, there is clearly a pattern to all these songs. They all have slower melodies, they’re comforting, relaxing, and for me, they provide the Christmas messages and traditions that I find important to keep.
I’m all about the messages and traditions because, for me, Christmas is not the same anymore. There are different expectations, my family isn’t always easy to deal with, and life has certainly shaken things up this year. I also feel that all the commercialisation is on the verge of taking away what Christmas truly stands for, although that’s ironic to say when I’ve got Disney included in this song list.
Oh, I don’t know.
I think music and these songs, in particular, keep me in the Christmas spirit, otherwise, I wouldn’t really have anything to look forward to.
I don’t mean to bring down the tone but that’s my reality at the moment. Maybe someday it will change again.
What are some of your favourite Christmas songs?
Thanks for reading and have a brazzle dazzle day!