Is Love on Your Christmas List?

Written By: Emma Grosskopf

I am a sucker for Christmas music. I really am. I absolutely live for the Christmas season, for a number of different reasons, but the reemergence of festive tunes definitely is one of the highlights of the season for me.

But I don’t know what’s wrong with me this year, because I am starting to feel a little attacked by popular Christmas songs. Usually, I can’t wait to belt out Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You” in my dorm and have my neighbors complain that they can’t study for finals through my demonstration of my musical prowess.

This year though, I’m getting so focused on the lyrics to songs like this. If I’m going to be completely honest, at this point, all I want for Christmas is NOT “you”. I don’t know who this mysterious “you” is, but I can name a quick five things that I want for Christmas more than a holiday romance:

    1. Good grades on my finals (I should be studying but, hey, I like to live on the edge a little)

    2. Stores to carry size 11 shoes that are not hideous clodhoppers.

    3. One million dollars.

    4. Good grades on my finals (panic might be settling in, now that I think about it!)

Anyway, so many songs like this gem by Mariah Carey, including “Santa Tell Me” by Ariana Grande (also a bop, to be honest) and “Mistletoe” by Justin Bieber (also not bad, although sort of cheesy) sort of champion the idea that being “alone” at Christmastime is one of the worst things that can happen to you.

And I really don’t feel like it is. Sure, it would be nice to have someone to kiss under the mistletoe, or to kiss on New Year’s Eve at midnight, but in the grand scheme of things, I don’t need it. It’s not at the top of my Christmas list.

Christmas is about being with people you love. And if you have a special someone, Merry Christmas to both of you. But this year, I’m focused on my family and friends, and that’s all I need this season.