Jordane Delahaye, Gleaner Writer
It is often said that the older we get, the more rooted we become in our traditions. Each generation generally has their own culture within a culture that tends to define them as a group. However, when it comes to Christmas, we all tend to stick to the basics.
Maybe it's because they are the songs we grew up hearing around Christmas time, but generation after generation, we hear the same carols, sometimes redone by contemporary artistes who try to add their own spin. Once something is branded a "classic" however, any rendition is harshly critiqued and sometimes shunned.
There is something about the Christmas though that inspires. Sentiments of kindness, joy, altruism and unity are all bolstered.
If you can channel this inspiration into a catchy Christmas song then you will be made for life, as they say, and certainly the writers of All I Want for Christmas, Joy to The World and Jingle Bells can attest.
Here are some more recent efforts that are hoping to enjoy similar success.
Cee lo Green recently released his first Christmas studio album Cee Lo's Magic Moment. The album is an eclectic compilation of renovated Christmas classics. His cover of What Christmas Means to Me is a cheerful rendition that will have listeners rocking and singing along while basting the ham for Christmas dinner.
The lone original song on the album - All I Need is Love - is an unlikely duet with The Muppets. The track has all the making of a great Christmas song. It is cheerful, fun, and relentlessly catchy.
All For One singer, Rod Stewart, also collaborated with Cee Lo Green for the title track on his debut Christmas album Merry Christmas Baby. Stewart also worked with R&B powerhouse Mary J. Blige, for a spirited rendition of We Three Kings.
Like Cee Lo, Stewart also has one original track on his album titled Red-Suited Super Man. Stewart's smooth yet raspy vocals combined with the rock and roll beat and witty hook, make this song a sure hit for the season.
Backstreet's back! But before making a comeback to mainstream pop, the five-man band which blew up in the 90s has decided to offer the seasonal single It's Christmas Time Again as a gift to fans while they wait for the new album set for a 2013 release.
The sweet harmonies of the Backstreet Boys make the single a foot tapping, head rocking delight that is sure to give you that 'Christmassy' feeling.
Colbie Caillat's debut Christmas album Christmas in The Sand is a compilation of songs geared towards those who celebrate a warmer Christmas season. The two-time GRAMMY winner sings in the title track "I love Christmas in the snow but Christmas in the sand, oh man, that's where it's at" - a sentiment most Jamaicans would agree with.
There are other noteworthy efforts such as Coco Jones' Christmas Night, Lady Antebellum's On this Winter's Night and The Mclain Sisters' catchy remake of Jingle Bell Rock.
There are also some that are not so noteworthy and should only be visited for a good laugh, like Stavros Flatley's dance tune Santa's Funky Groove.
While it can be said that none of these songs can hold a torch to Mariah Carey's smash single, All I want for Christmas, they are all worth a listen. The maxim - 'variety is the spice of life', should be employed this Christmas; don't be afraid to mix the old with the new.
Usually there would be a few festive songs from local artistes but this year these songs seem to be either lost in obscurity or have already been consigned to oblivion. However, others are still hopeful that a few local, seasonal singles might still hit the airwaves this Christmas.