thoughts//THE 12 DAYS OF (KATHRYN'S FAVORITE) CHRISTMAS (SONGS): DAY 1

BY KATHRYN GARVIN



Well guys, we did it. We made it to the 1st day of a deadline I made up. It's been a fun road, full of wonderful Christmas cheer, but we've reached the end. I know you're all anxious to know what my all time favorite Christmas song is, so without further adieu:

On the 1st day of Christmas, this is my favorite song:

Do They Know It's Christmas, by Band Aid

I TOLD YOU IT WOULDN'T FIND ANOTHER LIST LIKE THIS! Yes, my number one, all time favorite Christmas song is "Do They Know It's Christmas", which is admittedly kind of depressing, except that it's NOT! This is the song that puts me in the Christmas Spirit no matter what. I was in Joann's Fabric the other day (craft stores are my personal hell. Like I want to wander around for half an hour looking for JUTE. Organize your store) and this song came on, and for approximately four minutes, I was happy. There's a good chance I'll get emotional (might even cry) while writing this, and not because of the content of the song, but because I'm currently running on four and a half hours of sleep and CHRISTMAS CHEER! and I just really love this song!

In 1984, a bunch of British and Irish musicians got together to record a song to raise money for anti-poverty efforts in Ethiopia. A BRITISH SUPERGROUP YOU GUYS. I think that's the first reason I love this song so much. I love when multiple celebrities join together to record a song for charity. I wish I could say it's because I love charity, but it's more because I love the songs that result from them. We Are The World, yes. Even the newer one. That Italian one that cannot find but love, and even the 30 Rock Parody, Kidney Now! I mean the music just makes me feel emotions! I'm not surprised, and I literally just now figured out that that's the entire goal of these songs. To make me feel emotions and want to give money to their cause. The second reason I love this song is because of the video. It has everyone! Sting, Phil Collins, Boy George, George Michael (no Bluth), Bono (without sunglasses!) and even a guy who looks like a less buff Gaston (at 1:19) and many more. But my absolute favorite part of the song is the line Bono sings right before the chorus. Bono delivers his line with the emotion we've come to know and love from him: "Well, tonight thank God it's them, instead of you." Whoa! Don't you feel like a horrible person? Right there, Bono calls us all out for being selfish brats. And I love it. (A few years ago, one of the versions on YouTube had an annotation that was a speech bubble pointing to Bono that said "so harsh" which I found hilarious, and you probably think I'm an idiot.)

I really, really love this song. And it's a quality song, because it features a ton of talented musicians. It also was the beginning of the popularity/formation of what's called a "Charity Supergroup". In 1985, there were eight charity supergroups formed to raise money for various causes around the world. Unfortunately (slash fortunately, since they're mostly created to meet a need that's unmet), that was the height of their popularity, and only a few have been created since. Since 1984, they've re-recorded "Do They Know It's Christmas?" twice with Band Aid II in 1989 and Band Aid 20 in 2004, both of which I just found! They're not as good as the original, although, spoiler alert, Bono reprises his role in Band Aid 20!

I know it's weird, and maybe kinda depressing, but if you don't get why this song is so near and dear to my heart, I don't know if I can explain it to you. I think it's dripping with nostalgia and emotion. And I really want everyone to love it as much as me because it brings me such joy and I hope it brings you joy too.

So a very, very merry Christmas to you and yours from me and Band Aid!



I hope you've enjoyed reading my stream of consciousness thoughts about my 12 favorite Christmas songs. I'll be back in the New Year (maybe sooner, who knows!) with some more hyperbolic thoughts about a variety of things! Until then, Merry Christmas!

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