Lyric of the day:
With Candy Canes & Silver Lanes Aglow… It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas
By Meredith Wilson
Dressember Day #3
Dress by Papaya
Boots by Steve Madden
I love old references in Christmas songs. The ones that make you question “what actually is figgy pudding?” and “who are Currier and Ives?” and doing the research to see what Christmas looked like fifty years ago and the meaning behind these references.
In Meredith Wilson’s, “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas”, a black friday favorite to be sure that carries a subliminal message somewhere along the lines of “GET THOSE GIFTS BEFORE SOMEONE ELSE DOES BECAUSE IT’S NOVEMBER 1 AND YOU’RE ALREADY LATE”, the lyrics of the first verse go:
“Take a look at the Five and Ten. Glistening once again.
With Candy Canes and Silver Lanes Aglow”
If you’re anything like me you may be wondering, what exactly is a “Five and Ten”. And if you’re anything like me and live in L.A. you’re probably thinking the glistening refers to the traffic when you are merging on the 5 freeway from the 10 #trafficjoke haha. So I did some research, and the 5 and 10 is in reference to the 1950s version of the Dollar Tree, also known as the “Nickel & Dime” store, these stores would sell items for, 5 and 10 cents. Such a steal right?! Those bargain shopping baby boomers…
This lyric shows quite a contrast between the current world we live in and the one they were living in back then. A world where there was joy in simplicity, the decorations at the corner “5 & 10” were enough . Candy Canes. Silver Lanes. The simple pleasures of the season are what brought joy, reminded them of the love of family and friends and ultimately were the icing on top of the cake of Christmas, it seems they had their priorities straight in contrast to our twisted modern day and age where if you’re not buying your toddler the new iPhone 6s(plus, minus, multiply…etc. etc.), you don’t love them enough. Or you may be missing the hype and not really experiencing the “reason for the season” like the rest of our consumer culture.
I paid exactly ten dollars for the dress I wore today for the Dressember Challenge Day #3 (could have bought it at the 5 & 10 back then 😉 And it was ironic today that the lyric that stood out to me was one that spoke to what exactly makes this season special. What does it mean to “look” like Christmas? One of the reasons I embarked on this challenge because I wanted to add meaning to this month in a way I never had before. This is my favorite holiday and I have always enjoyed every part of it… but is that what Christmas is about? Enjoying family, friends, decorations, food? That’s all a part of what makes this season so special and I think we should most certainly embrace it. But if the true reason for the season is celebrating Christ’s love for us and that He humbled Himself to be born in a manger and grow up to die for every wrong thing you and I have ever done, this season has to be less about buying and more about being there for each other. This season can’t solely be about individual enjoyment. It has to be more about being the kind of people that we would want others to be for us. We must have a giving heart, make our focus on people not on things and allow the “things” to be seen only as an additional blessing we are fortunate enough to have help facilitate the sharing of the ultimate gift of Love we’ve received and are called to share, paying it forward this season and always.
They don’t call this the “season of giving” for no reason. Yesterday was “Giving Tuesday”, and if you feel so inclined to partner with me this Christmas in ending modern day slavery– find it in your heart to give. If you don’t feel called in this way, I support you to find a cause you’re passionate about and give this season. Donate your old clothes to the Salvation Army. Volunteer at a homeless shelter or a food bank. Even if it’s not monetary. Even a 5 or 10 will make a world of difference… 5 minutes of your time for a friend who’s struggling, 10 minutes talking to an elderly loved one far away. If you look for ways to give, then it will truly begin to look a lot more like Christmas.