thoughts//THE 12 DAYS OF (KATHRYN'S FAVORITE) CHRISTMAS (SONGS): DAY 6

BY KATHRYN GARVIN



On the 6th day of Christmas, this is my favorite song:

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays by *NSync

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays INDEED! I'll admit, during the height of the (probably imagined) Backstreet Boys vs. *NSync feud/competition, I was firmly on the side of BSB, but I've since seen the light. You may remember how excited I was when they reunited at the VMAs (in addition to being confused and slightly horrified). And, much like the rest of my 11 favorite Christmas songs, is highly danceable, and produces a certain amount of nostalgia. AND, you may remember from this blog post, I firmly believe every artist/band should release Christmas albums. Well, it seems *NSync saw into the future, heard my demand request and they made an entire album. It's difficult to break into the Christmas genre with a new original song, but *NSync did it, y'all. They did it.

AND they made a music video for it. A music video featuring Gary Coleman, as an elf/Santa's personal assistant, in a bucket hat. "Whatchu' talkin' bout, Kathryn?" - You. Yes, I don't tell lies. In the video, Santa is sick, and Gary calls on Justin, JC, Lance, Joey, and Chris to save Christmas and deliver presents all over the world. And it's the most 2000s thing ever, right down to the puffy vests. Justin is rockin' the ramen hair, and for some reason, Chris has to hold onto the back of the sleigh. I'll remind you he had adult braces and made some very unfortunate hair decisions (a Google image search is worth your time). Joey is driving (badly, it seems) and they also seem to have forgotten all the presents. the boys then end up at a soup kitchen with some stereotypical homeless people (slightly offensive) with a wall that magically translates "Goodwill to all men" into several different languages. It's heartwarming, actually. There's also a LOT of green screen, because obviously the guys couldn't travel around the whole world in four minutes. In fact, it looks like they only made it to New York. And outer space, apparently. The video is amazing, obviously, and none of their clothes fit and they all have pierced ears and bleached hair. I want to summarize the whole thing, but I won't because this isn't what this is about.

The song is heartwarming and inclusive (they want you to have a Merry Christmas, but they also want you to have Happy Holidays). I'd also like to take a moment to point out how underrated JC Chasez was as a member of *NSync - he has a great voice and we get to hear that in this wonderful holiday song. I first heard this song in middle school when we got a holiday CD that had songs from artists such as Celine Dion and BILLY GILMAN (who grew up very well). It's a wonderful song for all your winter holidays, and, as mentioned before, highly danceable/nostalgic. Honestly, I think it may have been this song that started my transition from a so-so BSB fan to a lifelong *NSync fan.

So Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Lance, Joey, JC, Chris, and Justin!


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