Jingle Bells may be the world’s least interesting Christmas song, but it was written by Christmas music’s most interesting scoundrel.
Of all the traditional Christmas carols, none has been more misunderstood than God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen. None has been the victim of such periodic shoddy scholarship; none has so had its original joyous and raucous intent replaced by such somber plodding.
This year I’ve decided to do a virtual Advent Calendar celebrating the music of the season. Consider this post that calendar’s gaudy, brightly-colored wrapping.