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Christmas cometh and the Lord was born!
Right from attending Mass to putting up stockings for Santa to fill (once he manages to shimmy his rather portly figure down the chimney of course), to putting up the Christmas tree or the celebrations around the Nativity scene, all of us have been celebrating Yuletide in all its traditional glory right from when we were kids.
The one thing that I loved about this festival as a kid was the part where we all gathered round the fireplace and sang Christmas carols which symbolized love, purity and basically turned the whole world into a musical. There was the traditional Silent Night, Ave Maria, Deck the Halls and of course Jingle Bells; all accompanied by Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. But growing up I started discovering a different genre of music altogether; something that was slightly more edgy, definitely louder. The genre known to all the guitar riff-mad, head banging and slightly rebellious souls as Rock!
What interested me most about this whole Christmas+Rock Combo was the fact that some of the more famous songs help us draw up a ’To-Do’ list of sorts about the things we need to do at Christmas.
Here is the list of things to do on Christmas (and the songs that act as musical reminders):
Know your Tradition
To understand the actual significance of Christmas, you have to know the various events that lead to the festival. Christmas Song by the Dave Mathews Band gives you a musical rendition of the life of Jesus right from his birth to his death. You couldn't have had a more soulful sounding recital of the ‘greatest story ever told’.
Soak in the Christmas Spirit
Traditional Christmas decorations, the crackling fireplace and whole sitting room decor and design have all been the theme for the carol Deck the Halls and a goofier, fun and slightly out of tune version by the Red Hot Chilli Peppers.
Enjoy the Snow (and the Cold)
Sleds, snowball fights and snowmen have been such an integral part of this festival that it isn't complete till we haven’t seen our breath frosting in the cold, nose turning red and hot chocolate being oh-so-welcome. A Great Big Sled by The Killers reminds you of all this and more in a song that is euphoric and fills you up with pure happiness.
Invite Santa Over
Hanging our stockings and leaving milk and cookies for Santa. Bruce Springsteen celebrated this particular tradition in his version of Santa Claus is Coming to Town. More Rock n Roll than Rock, I agree but the best part is that you can sing along as you prepare to welcome the world’s favorite old man in red.
Listen to The Christmas Song by Hootie & the Blowfish and you will experience how this feel-good Rock song reminds you to spend quality time with your family, reminisce on the year that has been and also pray for the health and happiness of your loved ones.
Finally it is time to get those old songs out; gather your folks and friends around, click a few pictures and celebrate the season of togetherness. Hoping this Christmas is the harbinger of happiness and joy for you. Wishing you a rockin’ Christmas!