This Christmas… I just want to be left alone

My relationship with Christmas has gotten worse with the passing of each year. As a little boy I still loved it. The day my father walked in with the new Christmas tree and its smell of fresh pine tree filled the house… My mother who went up the attic to get the lights and the Christmas manger… The gifts under the tree… It was exactly like the movies want us to believe it is: days of homey happiness and warmth. But little by little the warm Christmas feeling disappeared. And then suddenly one day my parents had put up the tree and the manger and I hadn’t even cared nor worried… Bye bye childhood, bye bye happy Christmas days.

This song of the brilliant Benjamin Shaw is one of the best Christmas songs ever written. No home nor mall should be without it.