Christmas Music – Why do we hate it so much?

I’ve seen a ton of tweets and status updates about how much people loathe all the traditional Christmas music. And 2 years ago I was right there with you. It’s like every song is dripping with honey and if we get someone popular singing them, it just feels all wrong! Probably becuase I know that they took some check, sang a song and that was it. They’d probably never put that in a concert.. or at least that’s how I feel

But 2 years ago, Dustin Kensrue, released a Christmas album that renewed my faith in Christmas. I started digging around and found that there is actually a lot of really good stuff out there. So this year at the suggestion of Brad, we loaded up The Drop with great Christmas music and the response has been overwhelming. And along the way we’ve even uncovered some artists that are recording new songs and sending them to us to add. It’s been great!

As someone that has, in the past, hated Christmas, I’ve noticed that finding music that speaks to me during this season helps remind me that there is something larger at stake during Christmas. So, I would love to hear what your favorite Christmas albums/songs are. One cool thing a friend of mine is doing, is a Musical Advent. Some of it is silly, but most are great picks and you should check it out.. it has a great variety of musical style: Predictably Me

I’ll leave you with my absolute favorite find of the year. I stumbled across this video in a random search for a song of the same title. What I found was Sean McConnell singing a song that he wrote himself about a modern day Mary & Joseph. And according to Sean.. he’ll be singing it at a few shows!

Ryan "Tank" Hargrave

I'm a husband, father, traveler, a Light in the dark, lover of photography/film and I believe that good music can change your life.

26 thoughts on “Christmas Music – Why do we hate it so much?

  • December 8, 2010 at 8:50 am

    I recently re-discovered Gary Hoey and his unique brand of Christmas music. If you’re not familiar with him, He’s a legendary guitar player and probably best known for doing the score to the Surfing Documentary “Endless Summer II.”

    But, if you want a fresh take on some classic Christmas songs check out his website at and sample some of it. It’s all instrumental ROCK versions of favorites like “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch,” etc, etc – but it’s all great!

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  • December 8, 2010 at 9:35 am

    I like Christmas music but I don’t want it 24/7…except maybe on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. This year it *finally* dawned on me that I could make a playlist on my iPod that’s about 30% Christmas songs and 70% other stuff and it’s worked out very nicely as I go about my day.

    I checked out Gary Hoey but he’s a little too rock for me but I appreciate what he’s done.

  • December 8, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    Like you I realized that after digging around a bit there is a lot of good stuff out there, you’re just not going to be hearing any of it in the shopping malls. No surprise there though since you’re not likely to hear good music playing in retail stores any other time of year, I suppose Christmas is no exception! And thanks for the mention!

  • December 8, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    New Christmas music composed for traditional and family themes. Check out the website and the CD “It’s Christmas Time!” The favorites are Mr. Snowman, will you dance with me? and 2,000 years of Christmas. Enjoy

  • December 11, 2010 at 10:08 am

    Thanks for the Christmas Music! Wish KVET would do another CD or something else like that was available again. Maybe we’ll see one more update on the Drop before Christmas .

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