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From the Midway: Post - Christmas thoughts

Friday, December 28, 2007

Now that Christmas is over I can vent some steam that has been building all month. This is a great time of year and Christmas is my favorite holiday. But there is one aspect of Christmas that I can't take for very long and that is all the dang Christmas music. There is a reason that it is only played once a year. If you hear Christmas music every single day, you might end up on the funny farm.

There is only so many times I can hear "Grandma Got Ran Over by a Reindeer" before I finally have to turn down the radio. How come we never here "Come All Ye Faithful" in August? I'm just as spiritual then as I am on Dec. 25, maybe more so. I am a believer in faith through nature.

In my eyes there is no more beautiful display of what God created as can be found in nature. In August I spend a lot more time outside camping, hiking or just sitting outside and looking up at the stars at night. It is a little harder to be connected with nature when there are six inches of snow on the ground and the temperature is below freezing.

But the thing about Christmas music is that we get a big enough break during the rest of the year so when it comes time to start hearing the same old songs, we can get excited by them again.

Three weeks is all I can take and it seems that everyone and their dog has a Christmas album. I mean that literally. Do you remember "Jingle Bells" song by dogs. It went something like "Woof, Woof Woof" "Woof, Woof, Woof" "Woof Woof, Woof, Woof, Woof." If you don't remember that song count yourself very lucky.

It might not be so bad, putting up with all the Christmas music if there were a little more original music. Every year we have the same old songs sung by different artists. Let's take the "Little Drummer Boy" for example. Personally that's my favorite Christmas song.

This year I heard at least seven versions of the "Little Drummer Boy" from Bob Seger to Alvin and the Chipmunks.

Artists that haven't had a hit single in years come out with a Christmas album and suddenly they have popularity again. At lease for a few weeks a year.

Yes, I respect a classic but I also would like something new once in awhile. Maybe song writers just can't write Christmas songs like they used too? That is why Bing Crosby's "White Christmas" has been the most requested song of all time. It just doesn't get better than that.

Mike Leckband
From the Midway