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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone!

To celebrate, why don’t I put on a video of one of the few cover songs to be better than the original?

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas, everybody. Happy Holidays too.

Top 5 Christmas Songs

Since like the holiday season is heading into full swing, Christmas music has been playing all the time. This got me thinking about what I think are the best Christmas songs, considering both the song and the performer together. If it helps, think of it as spending Christmas on a desert island, where you can only take 10–15 songs with you. I rank my top 5 and list the remainders at the end. This list is purely objective, and in essence boils down to a “list of Christmas songs I like better than others”. And it really does give a bit of a deep look into the kind/style of music I like.

  • #5 “It Snowed” – Meaghan Smith
    I really like the saxophone hook.
  • #4 “Santa Will Find You” – Mindy Smith
    The only non–Canadian in the top 5.
  • #3 “Mittens” – Carly Rae Jepsen
    Someone who is perhaps the most successful loser in Canadian history is the newest entry on this list, displacing my favourite singer and one of her best friends. This song is actually several years old, but only started getting airplay once Carly hit the jackpot south of the border.
  • #2 “Light of the Stable” – Tara MacLean
    It took me quite a while to find out who was singing this. I’m glad I found out.
  • #1 “The Gift” – Aselin Debison
    Longtime readers here knew this one was coming.

Some more thoughts on my top 5: There is no particular pattern regarding religious and secular Christmas songs. I consider  “Light of Stable” and “The Gift” to be religious, and “Santa Will Find You”, “Mittens”, and “It Snowed” to be secular. All but one of these songs are sung by Canadian women. Americans (and other foreigners), you just don’t know what you’re missing when you don’t hear my country’s great music. I have not necessarily heard or not heard any other version of the songs I listed. “Mittens” and “It Snowed” are too new to have cover versions. I have no idea about “Santa Will Find You”. I’ve never heard any alternative version of “Light of the Stable” but since it was written in the 1960s they certainly exist. I’ve only heard one other version of “The Gift”, and it is an atrocious version sung by some man, I don’t know (and don’t want to know) who.

The honourable mentions that didn’t make the top 5 (unranked):

  • “O Holy Night”† – Avril Lavigne f. Chantal Kreviazuk
  • “Children Go Where I Send Thee”† – Natalie Merchant*
  • “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing / Gloria in Excelsis Deo”† – Mariah Carey*
  • “Cold December Night” – Michael Bublé
  • “That’s What Christmas Means” – Amy Sky
  • “All I Want for Christmas Is You” – Mariah Carey*
  • “Make It Christmas Day”† – Jann Arden
  • “Song for a Winter’s Night” – Sarah McLachlan
  • “Your Love (Christmas version)” – Michelle Wright*
  • “Mary’s Boy Child / Oh My Lord”† – Boney M.*

Songs with the † symbol are religious, and artists with the * are not Canadian.

My readers, what Christmas songs do you like best? Feel free to share.

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, everyone.

Merry Christmas

Have a merry Christmas, everyone.

Some random stuff

In no particular order:

  • What were you doing 1954/04/11? For me, that was decades before I was born, but if you were alive back then you weren’t doing much, as that day was the least exciting day in the twentieth century. I wonder what that Turkish academic and those Belgian voters think about having that day to themselves. Today, with the amazing democratization of information the internet provides, you can find out about some public figure’s sneezing fit two minutes after it happens. Clearly, the idea of an uneventful day is so last century.
  • The United States Department of Defense has released its report on the consequences of repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Guess what? It will be a complete non–event. Other countries have gays and lesbians in their militaries with no ill effects, and the same will happen to the United States. About two–thirds of personnel think that repeal will have no ill effects or no effect at all. A strong majority support repealing DADT.
    • Unsurprisingly, the only group opposed to repeal is American evangelicals. They continue to deprive their country’s military access to badly–needed personnel and specialists, a pretty funny way of “supporting the troops”.
  • The 2010 Pacific hurricane season ended yesterday, and was the least active season since the weather satellite era began in 1971. Despite that, it was pretty eventful, with hundreds of people killed and a Category 5 hurricane forming. This record low inactivity does not disprove global warming or climate change, not the least because the Atlantic was very active this year, and the fact that climate models do not predict that there will be a greater number of tropical cyclones.
  • If you see bits of white falling down when you view my blog, you are not seeing things. Rather, that is a snowfall decoration to celebrate the holidays. It will remain visible until January 4.

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas, everyone!

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