It’s funny how we change, as we grow up.
I’ve always loved listening to Christmas music, and as a child, my favorites were the funny, slightly-zany Christmas songs, like “Grandma got run over by a Reindeer,” and, “All I want for Christmas is my Two Front Teeth.” Then, of course, as I grew older, I started to more deeply appreciate the ‘serious’ Christmas songs, like “Silent Night” and “Hark the Herald Angels Sing.”
Now that I’m an adult, I find myself gravitating back toward those sillier songs of my youth. I think the reason why has a lot to do with the beauty of the Christmas holiday itself. Those funny songs remind me of a simpler youth, of the joy of just being around people I cared about, of how much better I could make my day just by smiling.
Christmas, if you think about it, is about the same things. Christmas is about taking joy in simple pleasures of life. It’s about getting together with those that we love. And it’s about smiling, and making other people smile.
So even though I’ll always count “Silent Night” as one of my favorite Christmas carols, songs like “Grandma got run over by a Reindeer” will also hold a special place in my heart—reminding me what the holiday is truly all about.