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Is It A Christmas Song?

On the latest edition of the Merry Podcast, the Merle Haggard classic “If We Make It Through December” is played. I have liked that song since the first time I heard it (about ten years or so ago…it was old then). The country stations around here play it year round. I even heard it today, as I was driving in 90+ degree heat in mid-June! I have never thought of it specifically as a Christmas song. It got me wondering how others interpret the song. It does mention the Holiday several times, and one of the major themes is a dad not being able to provide a Christmas for his daughter. So, just wondering on what you all’s thoughts on the song are.
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Hmmmm. It isn't a traditional Christmas song, but I think it's one that should be played every Christmas season, along with Pretty Paper. I guess I'd say yes, it is a Christmas song, just about an aspect of Christmas that we don't like to think about but maybe should.
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This is a really good topic, Ryan. Thanks for bringing it up.

Let me share with you first why I included that song in the podcast. For months now I've been receiving email from country fans that we're not being representative enough in the podcast or on the radio stations with country Christmas music. Particularly with the passing of George Jones recently (we're working on a bit there).

But I had one emailer write me that this was a very traditional song with their family, with a message that was very appropriate at the time they first heard the music -- and it is just as timely for them today as they are struggling.

So you never can really say what is a Christmas song or what isn't, because everyone will have a different take on it.

Jingle Bells, for example, has NOTHING to do with Christmas.

Same with Let it Snow.

I'm sure we can find dozens of others in music -- just like movies -- that aren't technically Christmas related but that we associate with Christmas anyway.

On another angle on this...isn't interesting how Christmas music crosses so many genres? We've been working on play lists and such and we were talking about how there is almost nowhere near the diversity in overall music as there is in Christmas. On one little station we've got everything from chorale to country to rock to jazz to blues to R&B to pop all with top hits, all with popular tunes.

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I have noticed that too, Jeff, about the diversity in Christmas music. Around Christmas time, several of our local stations switch to all Christmas. Stations that normally only play new artists or country artists will suddenly be playing Dean Martin, Bing Crosby, and Nat King Cole mixed in with new, young artists.
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"If We Make It Through December" may be one of the only Christmas songs I can think of that receives year round play, though.
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"If We Make It Through December" may be one of the only Christmas songs I can think of that receives year round play, though.
Good point.
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I have never heard the song....from Your description, tho....it sure sounds like it is one...and makes me want to listen to it

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Somebody needs to do a show on MCR featuring these type tunes!....Wait...
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Somebody needs to do a show on MCR featuring these type tunes!....Wait...
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