“The Christmas Shoes”

christmas-shoes-picChristmas music is part of what makes the Christmas season the most wonderful time of the year. I’m a firm believer in the “no Christmas music before Thanksgiving” ideology, but it’s what makes me eagerly anticipate the beginning of December every year because it’s one of the best ways to get in the Christmas spirit.

Without fail, though, and usually when I’m least expecting it, I hear the worst Christmas song ever made. That’s right…“The Christmas Shoes.” Newsong released this song in 2000, and the chorus goes as follows:

“Sir I want to buy these shoes, for my Mama, please,

It’s Christmas Eve and these shoes are just her size.

Could you hurry, sir, Daddy says there’s not much time,

You see, she’s been sick for quite a while

And I know these shoes would make her smile,

And I want her to look beautiful if Mama meets Jesus tonight.”

            The kid’s heart-wrenching and depressing story pushes me to the verge of tears every freaking time I hear the song, but feeling sad is the last thing I want during the Christmas season, which is supposed to be filled with love, cheeriness, and joy. However, the song provides a moral to the story if you can get yourself to stop crying long enough to listen to the rest. The narrator, who is a guy standing behind the little kid in the checkout line, ends up paying for the shoes when the kid realizes he doesn’t have enough money, and I guess that’s what the season of giving is all about.

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