Poll: Is ‘Christmas Shoes’ Too Sad To Play During The Holidays?
Christmas songs put us in a nostalgic mood. They make most people happy, but not everyone. Some people become very depressed during the holidays.
When I was a little girl, my mother died of cancer. It was Christmas time, so I associated the holidays with her passing for many years. I didn't learn to love Christmas until much later in life. Things started to turn around for me one year when I volunteered my time and saw Christmas through the eyes of other people. Now, I enjoy the festivities and love almost all Christmas songs, including the sad ones such as "Christmas Shoes." There are a couple of novelty songs that I do get tired of hearing, like the Singing Dogs "Jingle Bells." However, I still giggle when I hear them the first time.
Although "Christmas Shoes" is perceived to be a sad song about a little boy who wants to buy his mother a pair of shoes before she dies and "meets Jesus tonight," I believe this song is about giving -- helping others when they need a hand, which is what Christmas is supposed to be about. A total stranger gives a little boy joy in knowing his mother will be wearing pretty shoes when she goes to heaven. That's a beautiful story.
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