"For six hours after the show, our switchboard was jammed with listeners calling in. They were openly weeping on the air, telling their own Christmas stories and what this song meant to them."
How many Lifetime/Hallmark Made-for-TV Christmas Movie clichÃ©s can you work into one song? Newsong managed to cram a cynical scrooge, a selfless innocent urchin child without enough money to make his purchase, a dying parent (cancer, no less), a random act of monetary generosity, Jesus, an sudden epiphany that transforms humbug into hosanna, and a knock at the commercialization of the holiday season, all into the most excruciatingly saccharine five minutes ever recorded. If they had somehow shoved in a lost puppy who found his way home and Santa Claus saving Christmas thanks to the goodwill of children, they would have hit every possible cheap Holiday emotional ploy. Good work, Newsong. Thanks to your efficiency, I never have to watch ABC Family again.
This song is so sappy sweet that I had to call Wilford Brimley to buy some of his diabetes medication.
Jonathan wrote:If I can come up with enough Christmas songs that I don't hate, that is.
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