Christmas music holds strength over other genres


I do not know anybody who does not like Christmas, at least a little bit.

Sure, there are people who enjoy other holidays, such as Halloween and Thanksgiving, but everybody I know takes pleasure in the Christmas season. It carries a lot of tradition and childhood memories with it as the calendar turns to a new year. We can all remember at least one instance of running down the stairs on Christmas morning to find a fully decorated tree with lots and lots of presents underneath.

In my opinion, one of the best parts about Christmas is preparing for it. There are an extremely low number of events that can make that claim. Most of the time, people dread the act of setting up for a special day. Being in the Christmas spirit, however, requires that you put up lights, buy and decorate a tree, and spend a rather large amount of money that will only benefit others.

It is not a very high stress celebration and often involves spending large amounts of time with family members who are equally spirited for the holiday. Overall, we as a country go berserk for Christmas. The months and weeks leading up to Christmas have proved again and again to be among the most lucrative and beneficial times for the American economy as millions of shoppers flock to department stores to get gifts for their family and friends.

Part of this tradition is the festive music. I do not know of any other traditional American celebration that has its own genre of music. The closest comparison I can make would be the southern tradition of country music and the annual rodeos in the south. While some people dread the seemingly overnight takeover of the Christmas season and everything it brings, good and bad, the music is something that I feel is absolutely vital.

It is rather obvious to me that Christmas music is the most lasting and  superior genre in all of American music. There is no other genre of music that features so many different songs that have been remade and remastered over time. Modern music such as hip-hop, electronic dance music and pop, while it is enjoyed by millions of adoring fans including myself, fades over time.

marks with reindeer
Johnny Marks

I doubt very highly that the contributions of Drake and Future will have as substantial an impact on the American populace as those of Brenda Lee, Randy Brooks, Johnny Marks, Robert Earl Keen or Jose Feliciano. If you do not
recognize those names, I suggest you look them up. If you are already criticizing, educate yourself first. These men and women helped to shape a large part of American culture.

They are not just your average musicians. While songs like “Jumpman” might get blasted through our stereos now, in ten years they will be nothing but distant memories. There have been many different versions of such songs as “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” or “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.”  owever the value of the lyrics and song itself remains the same. Christmas music carries the heaviest sense of nostalgia with it.

Everyone remembers listening to this seasonal music and sipping hot chocolate with their parents or close family members. Regardless of what part of the country you are from, everyone has memories that involve Christmas music or the Christmas season at a bare minimum. It breaks barriers and crosses social boundaries.

Christmas music is one of the most under appreciated panaceas for cultural differences in this country. Few people have the amount of nostalgic memories about non-seasonal types of music. Christmas music has shaped childhoods. Music, be it of the Christmas variety or another genre, helps to energize and motivate the general public. This is why sports teams blast loud rock music or blaring hip-hop at games.

The White Stripes or AC/DC will always get a bigger rise out of a crowd than a simple chant. They are all too aware of the fact that people enthusiastically respond to what they hear. The crowds always get much more energized and start cheering louder after a popular song plays at the game. Christmas music energizes the masses and gets everyone in the holiday spirit.

Christmas music also contributes to the aforementioned rise in the American economy. “Jingle Bells” has more of an impact on the American bottom line than you would think. The seasonal rushes such as Thanksgiving, Halloween, and Christmas always generate their own economic rush.

The more Christmas music people hear, the more they are going to be willing to shell out. The more seasonal they feel, the more generous they will be. A lot of American businesses have Christmas music to thank for some of their generous totals at the end of the calendar year. Think about it.

Every single department store has Christmas music playing on a loop. Christmas music has a direct impact on some American bottom lines that people largely ignore. Nothing gets your average consumer in the mood to spend obscene amounts of money quite like “Rock Around the Christmas Tree.”


Dominic Vela is a member of the National Honor Society, a National Hispanic Scholar, Colombian Squire, Senior Leader, anchor, writer, producer, and play-by-play analyst for the Eagle Broadcast Network, sound engineer for STH Drama, and a senior at St. Thomas. He also happens to be the reigning Editor in Chief of The Eagle. In other words, he never has enough going on.