‘Tis the season for hearing Christmas music wherever you go. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. When I was little, I used to surprise my parents by singing Christmas carols in the middle of July, so I sympathize with the atheists who’ve been discussing their favorite Christmas songs lately. Having ripped on a silly Christmas song earlier this week, I thought it was only fair to mention some I do appreciate.
There are a handful hymns and carols that I enjoy listening to, but these two tracks have got to be my all-time favorite Christmas-related pieces of music. I’ll start with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s “Christmas Eve / Sarajevo 12/24.” It’s a fantastic arrangement, and it makes a really poignant statement about global affairs and the human condition. (Of course, you might find it a testament to the power of faith to give people hope even in times of hardship, or you might see it as a poetically tragic take on how people cling to religious beliefs even when the problem of evil stares them in the face, or who knows what else… but that diversity of interpretations makes me even more intrigued by it.)
The other song I’d pick out as my favorite — and I do realize every other atheist blogger is going to be posting this video too, but oh well — is Tim Minchin’s “White Wine in the Sun.” I’ve never lived at a latitude where I would describe Christmas as a holiday that happens “in the sun,” but I still identify very strongly with the sentiment. Absolutely beautiful.