When Christmas spirit was winning

Over at National Review Online, where they’re talking about their own least favorite Christmas songs, Jim Geraghty asks why the postwar period was such a fertile time for the true modern classics of the season. Geraghty cites:

  • “White Christmas”
  • “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”
  • “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire”
  • “Let It Snow”
  • “Sleigh Ride”
  • “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”
  • “Silver Bells”
  • “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas”
  • “Frosty the Snowman”
  • “Little Drummer Boy” [N.B.: Your team at Christmas Spirit Fail considers these latter two to be proto-fails for the novelty gags that would soon come to typify the cultural detritus of the season.]

“Post-Boomer modern artists keep using these songs on their own Christmas albums suggests they have timeless quality,” Geraghty writes. “They’re just good songs, and the theme of appreciation and gratitude probably resonates with many as they take stock of their lives as the year ends.”

Although he does pay tribute to a more cynical reading offered by XKCD:

We leave it to our readers to guess which explanation CSF favors.


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