To begin with, I must say I do not hate all Christmas music, just most of it. In part, this is due to the time I spent several month working as a nighttime temp stocker in a nation wide store chain. Locked in for the night to stock the store, for 3 months we were bombarded all night long by Christmas Elevator music. You know the kind that makes John Denver sound like Motley Crue, tthe same 20 or so tracks over and over and over......
And it was always, In Americas consumerists style the very worst kind of Christmas elevator music, secularized and stripped of any Christian meaning. You know, chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Jingle bell rock,Rudolf,santa baby, have yourself a merry little Christmas , and of course Rudolf. Well at least they avoided the absolute worst like grandma got run over by a reindeer, and I saw mommy kissing Santa.
In part it's caused by the endless repetition of the songs we see throughout the Christmas season. It becomes like that hit song you heard over and over on the radio that you became sick of it, (Debbie Boone are you listening?) Since the Christmas season now start as soon as Halloween ends it's twice as long as it used to be to get sick of a song.
But my main objection of course is the for the hyper-commercial songs that our Consumerist society has churned out by the bushel since the beginning of the 20th century. (I can't think of many secular Christmas songs before the 1900s.So divorced from Christinity is most modern Christmas music that the renowned Atheist O'hare, according to her son loved to sing Christmas carols.
How, if like me you have come to hate Christmas music how can you learn to love it again?
· Do your best to avoid the commercial garbage. Select songs that reflect the importance and Joy of the occasion. While in public you may not be able to avoid it you can in your home or\car.
· I would recommend listening to the old classic, which cross several genres and singing styles. Choose the one that for you fit the season.
· While avoiding clichés, I would urge you to remember what Christmas and its customs are about the birth of Christ and not excuse for profits and another sale.