Every Christmas, The First Time I Hear The Song “Christmas Shoes” On The Radio


Every year, at about this time, I am reminded of something I’d spent the six months following last Christmas trying to forget: radio stations still play “Christmas Shoes.”

Why? I don’t know. But whenever this reminder comes, I can’t help bemoaning my decision to part ways with those old Ayn Rand audiobooks, so I could listen to them instead. Whenever I hear the song for the first time, I long for that old mix-tape I recorded of myself in high school, the one where I cover “Good Riddance” with angst-filled power-chords and vocals that sound like a garage door closed on a coyote’s tail… just so I could listen to that instead.

Because hearing “Christmas Shoes” on the radio is like being forced to eat fifteen Taco Bell burritos on Thanksgiving morning; it’s like someone insisting that you read Twilight as a prerequisite to beginning your master’s degree in Literature; like a wet, muddy dog leading a bridal procession down the isle. Once it’s done, you can’t undo it. And Christmas, though wonderful, majestic, glorious and hopeful, will never be the same. Not after hearing this song.

You can’t pour laxative into your ears (though, heaven knows I’ve tried); you can’t unhear “Christmas Shoes.”

In case you agree, here’s the 5 best ways to survive hearing this song.

Best of luck.

Oh, and happy almost St. Nick’s day.




Friday Playlist: Rejoice! Rejoice!

Well, the semester is over and I’m still digging my way out of my ritualistic post-finals crash. But Christmas is just around the corner, which means there is still reason for much, you guessed it, rejoicing!

Hence, this week’s music selection.

Check out today’s song from The Oh Hellos, a beautiful new twist on an old Christmas classic. It’s a wonderful tune to listen to if your struggling to dig yourself out of bed in the morning and the words “final grades” make you curl into a ball and cry (totally theoretical mind you). Perhaps you’re dealing with stress of travel, family, past hurt or too much Eggnog…whatever turmoil or pain this season brings, this song is a wonderful reminder that behind the chaos of this season, there is  message of hope, hope that brings joy.

So please, do yourself a favor and check it out.

Have a blessed weekend everyone- and seriously, take it easy on the Eggnog. Never ends well. 

Friday Playlist: A Hallelujah Christmas

My roommate has the oh-so-wonderful tendency to distract me from studying with SNL skits and Youtube phenomenons. Most of them accomplish little purpose beyond killing brain cells. But this past week he actually redeemed himself by showing the following clip.

It’s a Christmas cover of “Hallelujah”, the infamous song by Leonard Cohen that I’m sure you’ve heard covered in college bars, by indie bands and at pop concert encores a billion times over, though we can all agree it never gets old (#bestsongever). It’s covered by Cloverton, a band I’d never heard of before though I may have to look into after hearing this song. It is beautiful, joyous, melodic, climactic… in a word: it is Christmas. But don’t take my word for it, see for yourself:

Also, all things considered, my roommate is pretty awesome.

Happy Friday!