Christmas Songs – The Difference Between the UK and USA

It’s that time of year again, we are fast approaching the holiday season and with that will be the inevitable Christmas songs play list that will be played on repeat in every department store and shopping centre nationwide.

Whilst on a trip to New York last year just before Christmas, I found that there was a noticeable difference in the style of Christmas music that was being played through out the shopping areas.

Instead of the incessant, cheesy verses of Elton John – Step Into Christmas or East 17 – Stay another day came the soulful voice of Otis Redding singing White Christmas or Frank Sinatra singing The Christmas Song, it was a welcome change and showed that in America they may still have a much more traditional way of celebrating the holiday season, or at least they do when it comes to Christmas music.

The music was more suited to sitting by a crackling fire, eating a mince pie, watching it snow outside, while its counterpart is more suited to dressing up like an idiot and getting blind drunk and making a fool of yourself at the office Christmas party. Maybe it is the way the world is heading, leaving its traditions behind to embrace each fad as it is pressed upon us by the corporate monsters of today.

I for one will be trying to stick to the traditions this Christmas, less spending on unnecessary gifts, more time spent enjoying Christmas with the family. In an age where everyone seems to be permanently glued to the television, laptop, video console, mobile phone or iPad, wouldn’t it be nice to put it all aside for one day and just sit down and enjoy one and others company.

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