Being from the U.S., when I imagine Christmas I usually think of putting up lights, picking out and/or decorating a tree together, baking treats to give the neighbors, classic holiday jingles playing in the background, and in general staying warm inside my house with good food, friends, laughter, and family. Even not being particularly religious one way or the other, I find the spirit of the season to be refreshing and a time to reflect on the year before ringing in the new beginnings of the next.
One of the nicer things about the holiday season is all the nostalgic music it brings with it. Sadly my holiday favorites are never played in Japan, and unless your list consists solely of “Happy X-Mas (War is Over)”, “All I Want for Christmas is You”, and “Last Christmas”, there’s a good chance you’ll be out of luck as well. I’m not kidding! Last week I went to T.G.I.Friday’s in Shibuya and they played six different versions of “Last Christmas” during the course of the meal I shared with some friends. Overkill is an understatement!
As unfortunate as this predicament is (first world problems-wise), it’s also given me a chance to check out some of the winter songs people here usually break out with at karaoke or tune into on radio stations/TV specials this time of year. Here’s a list of five songs I’ve added to my winter favorites that I think you might like as well. 🙂