Now this qualifies as treason here in Ireland, and it’s probably because I’m a contrarian but…
The Fairytale of New York is not the best Christmas song of all time.
In fact it doesn’t represent New York City https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/2019/08/21/old-new-york-hamilton/ and http://www.nycvb.com.
There is no NYPD choir, for example.
And the ‘Irish’ pipe band didn’t know Galway Bay (obviously) so did the ‘Mickey Mouse Club March’ instead.
Enough Fairytale already… here’s what I call a Christmas song.
Yes, Johnny Mathis’s When A Child Is Born.
Talk the talk
Too scmaltzy for you, the lyics, particularly Johnny’s spoken lyics?
But I love it and I love a talky interjection.
So hit it
And all this happens because the world is waiting,
Waiting for one child
Black, white, yellow, no one knows,
But a child that will grow up and turn tears to laughter,
Hate to love, war to peace and everyone to everyone’s neighbour
And misery and suffering will be words to be forgotten for ever
The Christmas Office Party Bore
Now you’ve probably met the office bore at your Christmas party who gives out about Jesus being wrongly portrayed as white.
When he was born in the Middle East.
And how the whole Christmas story is wrong.
But what really matters is not what Jesus was: white, black, yellow, red, but that he WAS.
Bah, humbug, white liberal intellectuals should just see how the Christmas story is celebrated in the Caribbean….
The ‘other’ Jesus
Though I’d be flabbergasted to think Jesus was an earlier incarnation of Phil Collins.
The West Indians have their own slant on the Christmas songs and put a calypso or Soca rhythm to it.
Put the two together with just the right amount of sauce and you get parang, an example of which is….
Scrunter’s ‘Want ah piece ah pork’ https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=FLpEvkj9jTc.
Now Christmas can be a challenging time for many.
And although it was never written as a Christmas song, it has entered the pantheon for its lines:
Wish I was at home for Christmas
No more war
Jona Lewie’s anthem was, of course, an anti-war song. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=2HkJHApgKqw
Lest we forget amid the commercial gluttony of a 2019 Christmas those for whom an extra mince pie and some grog.
A peaceful Christmas
And some respite from being bombed and shot at.
And the chance to have a kick-about with the opposition on a muddy battlefield was Christmas gift enough.
Let me know what your favourite Christmas song is… mmmm mmmm mmmm!
A CHILD IS BORN… MERRY CHRISTMAS