Valentine’s Day Is Not That Big Of A Deal

Well, tomorrow is the 14th. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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This informal holiday, much like Christmas, has become really commercialized. Chocolates marked up in every store, pink and red hearts all over, cutesy cards, and an expectation that you and your significant other will celebrate, because why else would you be in love than if not to buy into this day?

I sound bitter. I’m not bitter. I think it’s great that couples can enjoy the day. I think it’s great that all that chocolate will be discounted on the 15th, and that’s when my father will swoop in and bring home the goodies while my mother shakes her head disapprovingly. I think it’s great that Valentine’s Day was such a fun event in elementary school because we just passed out funny cartoon cards and candy to each other. (Throwback to third grade when some kid gave everyone little bags of cinnamon hearts, and I was one of the few people who liked them, so I ended up with a giant bag and the next day, my teacher had to tell me that I really shouldn’t be snacking on them at 9am). Anyway, back to the topic on hand: if you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day tomorrow, good for you! I seriously hope you have a wonderful day!

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What I don’t like, though, is this idea that Valentine’s Day should be for single people just as much. Because it’s really not. I don’t need to pamper myself or treat myself any differently on the 14th because I’m single. I don’t care. It’s just weird to see articles online like “8 Ways To Celebrate Valentine’s Day When You’re Single” because it’s like saying “8 Ways To Celebrate Hanukkah When You’re Not Jewish.” You just don’t. This day is mostly not for you, and you shouldn’t feel weird about that. Just live your life normally like you would on any other day and let those in relationships do what they want to do.

If you want to treat yourself on the 14th, I’m not stopping you. I just hope you’re not doing it because you feel pressured into doing it. You don’t have to prove anything to anyone. You’re not more or less worthy of love or a relationship because you buy yourself flowers or something. Even if you are in a relationship, you don’t have to celebrate either. While there is a bit of history behind Valentine’s Day like Christmas, it’s not like a big thing you must acknowledge the way Christians acknowledge Jesus’ birth on December 25th. If you want to not celebrate this highly commercialized day, that’s fine. After all, you have anniversaries to use as a Special Love Day.

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And if you want to instead (or additionally) spend the day celebrating familial or platonic love, that’s also fine! We are of course allowed to do this (Galentine’s Day, anyone?), but it’s just more of the idea that it’s largely framed in society to be done only as a consolation act because we don’t have a romantic relationship to celebrate that kind of annoys me.

I’ve gathered one more round of silly Tumblr Valentines to send tomorrow to friends, and I’m not sending them because I’m sad that I’m single or I want to insert myself in this holiday, I’m sending them because they’re very funny and I want to laugh at them with my friends and it’d be weird to send them on any other day.

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I’ve edited this post so much so I don’t I sound like some salty old spinster just instantly vomiting at the sight of some white teddy bear holding a plush heart. I need you to know that I am not bitter. I’ve been single on every Valentine’s Day in my 23.5 years of life, and I literally have never been bothered. Would be really cool to be in a happy relationship where I could celebrate Valentine’s Day? Sure. But I’m not going to force myself into one or feel especially bad if I’m not. It’s just easier to, like,…not waste thoughts on it. Because Valentine’s Day is just really not that big of a deal. And that’s my point. You do you, and don’t let society’s importance on this one day dictate how you feel or what you do.

What are your thoughts on Valentine’s Day?

 

 

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Why I Love Christmas Music

I was at a party last year and I was talking to this dude, a friend of a friend, and he mentioned how he could tell I didn’t like the super loud EDM that was blasting around us. He was right. He asked what music I was into and I told him: “Pop music. Like, radio stuff…Broadway musical soundtracks…and Christmas music.” He was kind of surprised. “Christmas music?” he asked. “I never heard anyone say they liked that.” I informed him that it was the best and every year I get hyped for it. I saw him at another party a few months later. He remembered me. “Oh, yes, you’re the one who likes Christmas music.”

I guess if that’s my social legacy, it’s pretty nice one. Better than sneeze girl (Just kidding, I am very proud of my sneezes! Keep an eye out for my 2017 sneeze count!).

A lot of people say they like Christmas music, though they mean that they don’t mind when it plays in the mall in December and they don’t mind hearing it on the radio when they drive to the grocery store. I don’t just like it. I love it. As soon as my local radio starts Christmas music (mid-November), my radio does not turn off unless I’m asleep or I’m watching TV. I know every song. I know the lyrics to every song. I can recognize every version within seconds. I never tire of hearing them.

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And it’s weird because as that guy at the party said, most people don’t really love Christmas music like this. But I’ve been thinking about why I love it. What is it about Christmas music that makes me and some other people love this specific genre so much?

I think it’s because it’s so encompassing. There are happy songs and sad songs and religious songs and funny songs and upbeat songs and slow songs and songs that aren’t even about Christmas and songs about snow and songs about sand and ethnic songs and lyric-less songs and old songs and new songs and so much more.

And there are so many covers and versions that the genre never gets stale. It’s so great that known singers and up-and-comers can share in the holiday cheer. (Related: this post on non-traditional Christmas jams)

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I guess I just love that for a little over a month, radio stations dedicate themselves to playing solid holiday music and that even the sad ones still make me feel happy because they do represent Christmas and all it has to offer. For a whole month, I don’t have to hear annoying auto-tuned songs about binge-drinking and whatever other nonsense pop and rap music is about these days and enjoy the happy, simple themes of Christmas music.

Christmas music is, for the most part, pure, and I am thrilled that though music changes and styles change, Christmas music stays the same.

And that is why I love Christmas music and always, always will. My passion for it matches and even surpasses that of Dwight’s.

Do you love Christmas music? On a scale of 1 to 10, how much do you love it? What’s your favourite Christmas song?

P.S. Also leaving this here…can you help me find this Christmas song? I’m pretty sure I made it up, but just in case…

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20 Amazing Non-Traditional Christmas Songs

We’ve all heard ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ and ‘White Christmas’ and ‘Silent Night’. They’re Christmas staples. Every time a singer/band makes a Christmas album, staples like those are guaranteed to be on there, so we’ve all heard numerous covers of them. And if not from there then from years and years of elementary school Christmas concerts. Not that I don’t appreciate those traditional songs and all their versions, because I really do, but I always get a little more excited every time I see and hear original Christmas songs. In fact, the other night at dinner my parents and I were talking and we all agreed that it should be a rule that if a Christmas album is released there should be at least two original songs.

And so today I am here to list you 20 of my favourite non-traditional Christmas songs so everyone can jam out to some great new tunes! These are all songs that I’ve only ever heard one version of (the original) and maybe you’ve never heard before. There are some Canadian artists here that maybe don’t get airtime outside out Canada, so I’m glad I can help spread the awesomeness.

1. ‘I Wanna Be Your Christmas’ by Andrew Allen

I adore this song so much. It’s so cute and Christmassy and fun! This song is definitely in my top three Christmas songs ever. Plus, this song introduced me to the awesome singer that is Andrew Allen.

2. ‘Step Into Christmas’ by Elton John

This is a fun, funky song by the wonderful Elton John. He’s such a good songwriter and this song is unlike any other Christmas song out there!

3. ‘Underneath The Tree’ by Kelly Clarkson

This track from Kelly Clarkson is amazing. I’m so glad it was the album’s single. At first listen I fell in love. It’s such a great upbeat song and her vocals sound awesome!

4. ‘Wish List’ by Neon Trees

I never expected to hear a song from this pop band that I love, but when I stumbled across it, I was pleasantly surprised. More pop/rock bands from this era need to release Christmas songs.

5. ‘Cold December Night’ by Michael Buble

Fact: Michael Buble is the king of Christmas music. He has a voice of gold and his songs are always* so great. This was an original on his album and I love it!

6. ‘Christmas Is Coming’ by R5

I’ve blogged about R5 before, so it’s no surprise that their one Christmas song (which happens to be awesome!) makes this list.

7. ‘A New York Christmas’ by Rob Thomas

I’ve been to NYC once. But that doesn’t change the fact that this song, though over a decade old, is amazing and powerful. One day I want to go back to NYC at Christmas time and see everything all decorated.

8. ‘Mittens’ by Carly Rae Jepson

This is such a cute song. I feel things in my heart when I hear it. Carly has such a lovely and unique voice and this song deserves more love.

9. ‘Elf’s Lament’ by The Bare Naked Ladies (feat. Michael Buble)

If Michael Buble is the King solo singer of Christmas, The Bare Naked Ladies are the King band of Christmas. They have so many great Christmas songs and covers, but this one is a particular favourite of mine as it’s about elves, as not many songs are, it’s hilarious, and it features Michael Buble, which is a nice bonus.

10. ‘As Long As There’s Christmas’ by Aselin Debison

This song perfectly sums up my feelings about Christmas. I will still be the biggest Christmas nerd when I’m an old lady because Christmas is cool and so is this amazing song.

11. ‘It Ain’t Christmas’ by Autumn Hill

This is a very new song but it’s so sweet! Christmas traditions are always unique and fun. I like the country vibe it has.

12. ‘Christmas All Over Again’ by Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers

This is an old song but I only just kind of found it last year. It’s different and catchy and funky and I really like it. It’s not even a good song to dance to but I keep wanting to dance when I hear it!

13. ‘Home This Christmas’ by Justin Bieber (feat. The Band Perry)

Okay, don’t judge me because of JB. I’m not fond of him as a person, and though I like a few of his old songs, I really don’t care much for him. BUT this song is really cute and The Band Perry are great and so I had to include it on this list.

14. ‘Christmas Eve With You’ by Glee Cast

Glee covered many Christmas songs that I happily listen to year round. But they had a few original holiday ones, and this is one of them. It’s so cute and I really wish it was in an episode and not just on the album.

15. ‘I Wish Everyday Could Be Like Christmas’ by Bon Jovi

I do wish everyday was like Christmas. But this song has the nice rock vibe and a great message so I adore it.

16. ‘Calling To Say’ by Serena Ryder

My father likes Serena Ryder a whole lot more than I do, but I really like this song. It stood out to me even before I knew who Serena Ryder was.

17. ‘Driving Home For Christmas’ by Chris Rea

This is a classic for me. The lyrics are pretty repetitive but his voice is really nice and the song is nice as well.

18. ‘The Magic Of Christmas Day’ by Celine Dion

Celine has vocals like no other and this song showcases them so as well as brings the fun Christmas vibes. This song is so catchy, and my favourite holiday song by Celine.

19. ‘Text Me Merry Christmas’ by Straight No Chaser (feat. Kristen Bell)

This song is hilarious. It’s only a year or so old but it’s super catchy. What I dig most about it is how modern it is. It mentions Snapchat! In a few years, people may have to stop and explain to a kid hearing this song what Snapchat is. This song screams non-traditional and I love it.

20. ‘My Only Wish (This Year)’ by Britney Spears

No matter what you think about Britney Spears or her music, there’s no denying that this song is great and timeless.

There ya have it, folks. 20 amazing, powerful songs that scream Christmas and fun and magic. I know most songs here are upbeat here but I guess that’s because some of the most traditional Christmas songs are slower and these days, fun sells…well, they sell with me. And I am the biggest Christmas music connoisseur there is, so…
I hope you all like these songs, and I’m interested to hear which ones you like the most or if I’ve introduced you to any new artists, or other non-traditional songs you love. I also want y’all to note that I do love several other Christmas songs so if you want me to make a post on Christmas songs that I love in general (including traditional), let me know because I am always eager to share Christmas music with those who appreciate it too!

That’s all for now!

* I’m gonna be honest, ‘Santa Buddy’ grinds my gears. It’s so weird and unnecessary and I’d prefer to live without it.