Twelve Days Of OGBmas: Compelling Kitsch

I’m not entirely sure why I love Paul McCartney’s Wonderful Christmastime


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…but I look forward to hearing it every year, alongside the Temptation’s version of Silent Night, Dan Fogelberg’s Same Old Lang Syne, and Nat King Cole’s immortal The Christmas Song.


By all rights, the song should not work. The synthesized sound and McCartney’s oddly listless delivery should ultimately sink this song down there with The Christmas Shoes and damn near every version of Baby, It’s Cold Outside. But every year, whenever I hear it on the radio, I’m compelled to listen to it all the way through. Maybe it’s because, despite the languid performance, there’s a paradoxical spirit and energy to Wonderful Christmastime. I always get the mental image of Disney World animatronics coming out and performing the song, which always puts a stupid smile on my face. And the whole song (and especially the music video) gives of the feeling of a better work Christmas parties: you’re tired as hell, but your still having a decent time with people you now and can somewhat stand.

Plus, there’s now a new version by the group Straight No Chaser that gives it a bit more energy.


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