thoughts//THE 12 DAYS OF (KATHRYN'S FAVORITE) CHRISTMAS (SONGS): DAY 11

BY KATHRYN GARVIN




On the 11th day of Christmas, this is my favorite song:

Last Christmas by Jimmy Eat World

I was way into Jimmy Eat World in high school. I mean, it's so easy to relate to The Middle, thought not quite as easy to relate to Last Christmas. I've never professed my love to someone at Christmastime to have them literally forget who I am a mere one year later. I mean, the lyrics that provide that information aren't provided in Jimmy Eat World's version, but if you haven't heard Wham!'s version, then where have you been?

I will admit, Jimmy Eat World's version is fairly repetitive, but it's still worth a listen for sure. How did I discover this gem of a song, you may wonder? I'll tell you. A boy (fictional character named Seth Cohen) made me a mix tape (a mix tape created as a merch for a hit television show) as a Chrismukkah gift (way to make money). It's from "The O.C."'s Have a Very Merry Chrismukkah cd, which is a great mix, by the way. This song is also sort of an abstract representation of what Seth did to Summer and Anna in the season 1 episode "The Best Chrismukkah Ever". Spoiler alert: It was not.

My friend Heather hates this song, and I totally get why. It's kind of a bummer. Nobody wants to be heartbroken, especially at Christmas. But, statistically, there are probably a few dozen/hundred/thousand (I'm not good at statistics) people out there who just got dumped before Christmas, and they deserve a Christmas break-up song. It should be noted that my love for this song did not stem from high school heartbreak but rather teenage angst and deep and abiding love for Seth Cohen/Adam Brody that still exists to this day, despite him being engaged to Blair from "Gossip Girl".

So if you like angst and Christmas, this is the song for you, hands down.

Have a Very Merry Chrismukkah!



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