Even though Christmas is now in our collective rearview mirror, I’ll continue to explore its culture and music on this blog. My reasoning is pretty uncomplicated. Christmas is our biggest holiday and an integral part (and I’d say a rather large one) of the American experience. There’s simply too little time–through November and December–to say everything there is to say.
With the Christmas season behind us, though, I will post at a slower rate. There’s no reason to overload everyone on all things Christmas through the spring and summer. Starting at the beginning of the year, I’ll only be posting an article and an image a week.
The first thing I plan to tackle–posting-wise–is Christmas through the decades, starting with the 1960s and moving forward (I’ll return to the 1930s and 1940s later in the fall). I want to look at how Christmas music (and the holiday experience in general) changed in relation to upheavals in American culture. In essence, the seeming stability of the 1940s and 1950s–the decades that produced most of our classic Christmas songs–fell apart during the 1960s. Since then, we’ve been dealing with the fallout in one way or another.
This post-Christmas period will also give me a chance to find my way around other related blogs and become better acquainted with the uses of Twitter, Tumbler, and such. Perhaps no one was meant to use every social media outlet, but until you at least give them a whirl, it’s difficult to know whether they might work for you.,
If you have any suggestions for columns or perhaps would like to write a guest column, please let me know. One of the best things about a blog is that you can form a dialog with readers, bringing new ideas to the table.