The Magic Of Holiday Tunes

The Magic Of Holiday Tunes

Why does Christmas music always bring my Christmas spirits up?
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As we approach another holiday season, we start to hear the voices of Mariah Carey, Michael Buble, and Bruce Springsteen. Yes, if you're like me, you've been blasting this music since Thanksgiving. If you're not like me and have been blasting since the first time you had to put on a winter coat, I won't shame you, but other people will.

As I stepped into the Alumni Memorial Union, I heard none other than "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" and at that moment the Christmas feeling began to warm my heart. So I thought to myself, is holiday music the spark for the holiday season?

I mean think about it, when I think of the Christmas season, I think of snowfall on the outside, the fireplace warming the area around the glistening Christmas tree, the smell of whatever meat is in the oven, and none other than the smooth notes run down the piano and the lyrics "have yourself, a merry little Christmas" in that low raspy voice, and all of a sudden, the taste of candy canes and eggnog begin to salivate in your mouth.

When I look back at all my beloved childhood Christmas memories, I think of the Christmas tree that I had, which was wrapped in Christmas lights that sang and sounded like bells which repeated every possible classic Christmas song. I remember I would lay down in bed upstairs, and listen to the ringing as I slowly closed my eyes.

It's the small things that really bring together the holiday season, whether that be the smell of hot cocoa and peppermint, the sight of all the ugly Christmas sweaters, or if you're like me, it is the simple background Christmas music that really brings in the holiday spirit.

So turn up the holiday radio, cause the holiday season is finally rolling in. Grab some hot cocoa and chill by the fire with your family. Its the most wonderful time of year so spend it with the most wonderful people and make the most wonderful memories.

Happy Holidays, everyone!

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'Baby, It's Cold Outside' Is NOT About Date Rape, It's A Fight Against Social Norms Of The 1940s

The popular Christmas song shouldn't be considered inappropriate.

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The classic Christmas song "Baby, It's Cold Outside" has recently come under attack. There has been controversy over the song being deemed as inappropriate since it has been suggested that it promotes date rape. Others believe that the song is another common example of our culture's promotion of rape. You may be wondering, where did they get that idea from?

The controversy has led to one radio station, WDOK, taking the song off the air and banning it from their station. Some people believe that this song goes against the #MeToo movement since it promotes rape. However, people are not considering the fact that this traditional Christmas song was made in the 1940s.

People are viewing the song from a modern-day cultural perspective rather than from the perspective of the 1940s. "Baby, It's Cold Outside" was written in 1944. Many people have viewed the song from the perspective of our cultural and social norms. People believe that the song promotes date rape because of lyrics that suggest that the male singing is trying to stop the female singer from leaving, and the female singer is constantly singing about trying to escape with verses like "I really can't stay" or "I've got to go home."

When you first view the song from the perspective of today's culture, you may jump to the conclusion that the song is part of the date rape culture. And it's very easy to jump to this conclusion, especially when you are viewing only one line from the song. We're used to women being given more freedom. In our society, women can have jobs, marry and be independent. However, what everyone seems to forget is that women did not always have this freedom.

In 1944, one of the social norms was that women had curfews and were not allowed to be in the same house as a man at a later time. It was considered a scandal if a single woman so much as stayed at another man's house, let alone be in the same room together. It's mind-blowing, right? You can imagine that this song was probably considered very provocative for the time period.

"Baby, It's Cold Outside" is not a song that encourages date rape, but is actually challenging the social norms of society during the time period. When you listen to the song, you notice that at one part of the song, the female states, "At least I can say that I tried," which suggests that she really doesn't want to leave. In fact, most of the song, she is going back and forth the whole time about leaving stating, "I ought to say no…well maybe just a half a drink more," and other phrases.

She doesn't want to leave but doesn't really have a choice due to fear of causing a scandal, which would have consequences with how others will treat her. It was not like today's society where nobody cares how late someone stays at another man's house. Nowadays, we could care less if we heard that our single neighbor stayed over a single man's house after 7. We especially don't try to look through our curtain to check on our neighbor. Well, maybe some of us do. But back then, people did care about where women were and what they were doing.

The female singer also says in the lyrics, "The neighbors might think," and, "There's bound to be talk tomorrow," meaning she's scared of how others might perceive her for staying with him. She even says, "My sister will be suspicious," and, "My brother will be there at the door," again stating that she's worried that her family will find out and she will face repercussions for her actions. Yes, she is a grown woman, but that doesn't mean that she won't be treated negatively by others for going against the social norms of the time period.

Then why did the male singer keep pressuring her in the song? This is again because the song is more about challenging the social norms of the time period. Both the female and male singers in the song are trying to find excuses to stay and not leave.

On top of that, when you watch the video of the scene in which the song was originally viewed, you notice that the genders suddenly switch for another two characters, and now it's a female singer singing the male singer's part and vice versa. You also notice that the whole time, both characters are attracted to one another and trying to find a way to stay over longer.

Yes, I know you're thinking it doesn't matter about the genders. But, the song is again consensual for both couples. The woman, in the beginning, wants to stay but knows what will await if she doesn't leave. The male singer meanwhile is trying to convince her to forget about the rules for the time period and break them.

In addition, the complaint regarding the lyric "What's in this drink?" is misguided. What a lot of people don't understand is that back in 1944, this was a common saying. If you look at the lyrics of the song, you notice that the woman who is singing is trying to blame the alcoholic drink for causing her to want to stay longer instead of leaving early. It has nothing to do with her supposed fear that he may have tried to give her too much to drink in order to date rape her. Rather, she is trying to find something to blame for her wanting to commit a scandal.

As you can see, when you view the song from the cultural perspective of the 1940s, you realize that the song could be said to fight against the social norms of that decade. It is a song that challenges the social constrictions against women during the time period. You could even say that it's an example of women's rights, if you wanted to really start an argument.

Yes, I will admit that there were movies and songs made back in the time period that were part of the culture of date rape. However, this song is not the case. It has a historical context that cannot be viewed from today's perspective.

The #MeToo movement is an important movement that has led to so many changes in our society today. However, this is not the right song to use as an example of the date rape culture.

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8 Christmas Pinterest Recipes To Try That Even The Grinch Can’t Turn Down For A Bite

It's the holiday season, and with the season reaching peak, it is time to come up with wonderful wintry treats the whole family can enjoy.

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Whether you are a beginner or could qualify to be on "Top Chef" you can more than certainly get these recipes down. I don't see why you cannot try at least one Christmas Pinterest recipe to bring excitement to your holiday hangouts!

1. Santa Crunch Christmas Popcorn

This is a nice after dinner treat recipe for when you want to cuddle with your S.O. or your family and watch one of those wonderful Hallmark Christmas movies!

2. Pine Cone Cheese Ball

It looks kind of weird but pretty cool at the same time! If you're almond nut lover like me, then you would definitely enjoy this cream filled cheese ball!. It can be used as table decor at the table to give that woodsy finishing look or it can be devoured with some crackers—totally up to you!

3. Layered Christmas Jello Cups

When I saw this, the college brain in me instantly thought of Christmas Jello Shots *laughs out loud* but it is not for everyone. So these sweet treats are totally easy to make and your little ones can help out too! All you need is a few ingredients and a working fridge.

4. Christmas Tree Spinach Breadsticks

Not ever holiday recipe has to be full of sugar. Christmas Tree Spinach Breadsticks are a nice appetizer to have at a holiday party, along with some BBQ meatballs (y'all know what I am talking about). They are light, fluffy, crispy and will just melt in your mouth. If you do not like spinach, I can imagine that the filling can be holding something else!

5. Hot Chocolate Cookie Cups

These are by far, the CUTEST holiday treat I have seen. It can be used as a holiday tradition AND I bet it goes great with actual hot chocolate!

6. Chocolate Gingerbread Truffles

Every holiday party has to have a truffle. So why not mix together gingerbread and chocolate?

7. Peppermint Patties

A nice fresh peppermint patty can really set the mood of a cold winter night. They can be wrapped up and given as little gifts in goodie bags or even in a festive mini bucket!

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