Exactly when did I become such a sentimental fool? Funny, I don't remember having a nostalgiac bone in my body as a young man. Yet it had to have happened at some point, though I don't know when. Lemme explain - I was working the front desk on Friday when the secretary turns on the all Christmas radio station (does anyone else have one of these or is sw Michigan the only region subjected to this?) Bing Crosby starts singing "It's Beginning to Look Alot Like Xmas" and my coworkers catch me humming along to the tune, I sheepishly stop. Ten minutes later they catch me singing "Merry Christmas" along with Johnny Mathis. I tell 'em if they don't like it then they should change the station, so they promptly change it to some station playing modern music. THIS station then plays a modern 'Christmas' song (I don't know who the artist was) - but, quite frankly it sucked. It evoked no feelings of sentimentality or nostalgia (or even had a repeatable melody for that matter). I guess they just don't make decent Christmas music anymore.
I certainly didn't think Bing Crosby was 'cool' by any stretch when I was a kid but the first time I can recall associating any strong feeling with a Christmas song was when I heard "I'll Be Home for Christmas" while living overseas when I was 21. Seems like that was an artificially induced situation, though, so I don't think I can count that one.
So is it just me, or did they just stop writing good Christmas songs about 35 years ago? And how old were you when you first felt nostalgia stirring? I find it hard to believe that Bruce Springsteen's version of 'Santa Claus is Coming to Town' or Paul McCartneys 'Simply Having a Wonderfult Christmas Time" will be regarded in the same league with Nat King Cole, Bing Crosby or Johnny Mathis' Christmas music.