It is again this time of year, we are fast approaching the holiday season and with it, the inevitable list of Christmas songs that will be played repeatedly in all major shops and shopping centers across the country.
During a trip to New York last year just before Christmas, I found that there was a noticeable difference in the style of Christmas music being played in shopping areas.
Instead of the incessant and old-fashioned versions of Elton John's – Step Into Christmas or East 17 – Stay another day the soulful voice of Otis Redding singing White Christmas or Frank Sinatra singing The Christmas Song, this was a welcome change and showed that in America, they can still have a much more traditional way of celebrating the holiday season, or at least they do it when it comes to Christmas music.
The music was more suitable for sitting by a crackling fire, eating a meat pie, watching the snow outside, while his counterpart was better able to dress up like an idiot and get drunk and make a fool of himself at the Christmas party office. Maybe that 's the way the world is heading, leaving behind its traditions to embrace every fashion as it is pressed on us by the business monsters of today.
For my part, I will try to keep up with Christmas traditions, less spending for unnecessary gifts, more time spent enjoying Christmas with my family. At a time when everyone seemed to be stuck on television, a laptop, a video console, a mobile phone or an iPad, would not it be nice to set everything aside for a day.