Raindrops on Roses and Garlands on Fences…

“Raindrops on Rose” is not a Christmas song. It is a “Sound of Music” song, it is an Optimistic Anthem, it is a Show Tunes Choir Song, but it is not a Christmas song.

And yet, people associate it with Christmas. I’ve seen it among many other Christmas songs on compilation lists, snug between Silver Bells and Santa Claus in Coming to Town.

Is it the “brown paper packages tied up with string” line?

Because , first of all, I don’t Package discriminate. You can send me a brown paper package tied up with string anytime of the year.

And also – it’s 2021. You know who delivers packages tied up with string?

Amazon.

Technically the string is where the opening is so it isn’t exactly tied up, but none the less.

Amazon delivers all the time. Not just Christmas.

So really, the modern twist works in this instance.

You know what else isn’t * actually * a Christmas song?

“Walking in a Winter Wonderland”.

The lyrics mention snowmen and marriage and walking and framing by the fire. Nothing about Christmas.

To me, this shows the magical power of association.

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