Three years ago, I went on a tear over something everyone’s ears will put up with at least once or twice, if not a heck of a lot more than that, this time every year: The Christmas carol. Shop at any mall or turn on any radio and it’s for sure you’ll wind up listening to some old chestnut of a carol. It’s a natural occurrence during the holiday season. It gets people in a holiday (and holiday shopping) spirit. It can brighten one’s spirits.
And it can also get on one’s nerves, for various reasons. One is that they’ve heard those songs over and over and over again. Another may be that someone may not want music to get them into the holiday spirit, or at least certain versions of these carols. And a third reason may be that some of these carols don’t have anything to do with Christmas directly.