140. When Should You Start Playing Christmas Music—the Best and Worst?
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It’s the holiday season! So we would like to say a few words: Whoop-de-do. Also: hickory-dock. These inspiring words come from just exa-a-actly the worst-written Christmas song you may have ever heard of. But you have heard of it—and many others. Which songs are your least favorite? Which fantastical songs are the best? And when should you start listening to Christmas music? Should we Christians fight, even politely, over “secular” versus “sacred” Christmas songs? Hum along with us while we begin a new podcast season: Christmas Magic.
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- Enjoy early candy canes, chocolate drops, and for the British, tangerines!
- We’ll assume that it’s okay to celebrate Christmas (is this a future topic?).
- We mean no insult to any classic or new artists, not even Andy Williams.
- Music, like stories, can bring strong emotion. All this is tongue-in-cheek.
- We’re quoting some comments from heroes in our Lorehaven Guild!
- Finally, if we’re very festive, we might break into (public domain) songs.
1. When should you start the Christmas music?
2. What are the best fantastical Christmas songs?
3. Which are the worst Christmas songs you hear?
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