Best/Worst Christmas Songs
This week we are sharing our least favourite and our most favourite Christmas songs. So let’s get the bad news over with first…
Please don’t hate me Beatles fans… The number one song that does not get ‘all my loving’ is Having A Wonderful Christmastime by none other than Sir Paul McCartney. The lyrics, the ill-fitted choral pieces, and the musical score all work together to make a very strange piece.
Sadly, I must concede that I’m in the minority. If Wikipedia can be trusted, McCartney regrets writing this song (on that fact, ‘I’m a believer’), however, it allegedly earns him $400,000 a year with a cumulative total of $15 million. I’m sure those royalty cheques must make him feel ‘glad all over’.
Now for my favourite Christmas song of all time…O Holy Night. I played this piece every year at our church’s Christmas recital on the violin while my brother accompanied me on the piano. Though I enjoyed playing the violin, I secretly wished I were singing this song with the powerful vocals of Celine Dione. Chills run down my spine whenever I hear O Holy Night on the radio, regardless of who sings it.
Aside from the emotion-stirring melody, I find the message very moving. It is a celebration that our Savior shed the glory of heaven to come to Earth in the most humble of beginnings. The goal was to bring us freedom, love and peace. The moment of His arrival was a holy night, indeed.
Although I appreciate many renditions of O Holy Night, I wanted to share this version by the Celtic Woman performed in Slane Castle, Ireland. This is what I imagine the angels sound like.
Hope you enoyed it!