Christmas Music Is Full Of Contradictions
You know a Christmas song playlist when you hear one, but did you know that many of our traditional holiday hits are not actually about Christmas?
Cheatsheet has compiled a list of some of these popular Christmas songs and the fact that they're not even remotely about Santa, opening presents, kissing under the mistletoe, or decorating a tree.
The 1980s has given us its share of overblown, overproduced Christmas music, like the Eurythmics' "Winter Wonderland."
The activities in "Winter Wonderland" can certainly be indicative of the Christmas season - hearing sleigh bells, getting married by a pile of snow, walking in the snow, etc.
But again, nothing here shouts "Christmas." It just describes what seems like a very pretty sight, like after a snowstorm, when the snow is heavy and sticks to all the trees.
'Let It Snow'
"Let It Snow" is of course about that frozen precipitation that falls from the sky during cold weather, but it's certainly not about Christmas.
It actually almost starts off like a horror movie -- "Oh the weather outside is frightful" -- but the lyrics temper fears of disaster with the thought that your loved one will keep you cozy through the storm.
There's nothing here that says "Christmas," yet "Let It Snow" is heard every single December. That's not bad for a song that portends some kind of deadly blizzard.
'My Favorite Things'
Even "My Favorite Things" isn't a Christmas song. This can be kind of shocking to people, but the song that Julie Andrews made famous in The Sound Of Music is not technically meant for the holiday.
Even so, it hints strongly at a Christmas vibe. It talks about "Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes" and "Brown paper packages tied up with strings." That latter phrase could certainly imply that someone's wrapping a gift for a friend -- but it could also just mean that someone's picking up a steak from the butcher's.
"Raindrops on roses" is another hint that this is not a Christmas song, since roses bloom in July rather than December.
'Baby It's Cold Outside'
"Baby It's Cold Outside" is another weather-centric song that can be heard nearly every season around mid- to late December. This tune is more of a romantic "let's cuddle up against the cold" Christmas song, but still, no mention of actual Christmas.
The biggest hint that it's not a Christmas song would be the phrase "Think of my life long sorrow .... If you caught pneumonia and died."
Snuggle up to that warm thought the next time you think this is a Christmas song.