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A Universally Appealing Christmas Song December 25, 2013

Posted by Christine Coleman in 2013.
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There are a lot of Christmas songs out there, to state an obvious fact. Some are better than others for a variety of reasons. The lyrics to the song, the artist — the usual reasons for liking or not liking any song.

José Feliciano - Feliz NavidadThis holiday season, though, I’ve realized there’s one song that everyone seems to like … and seemingly cannot resist singing when hearing it.

“Feliz Navidad” by Jose Feliciano.

My discovery of this began several weeks ago, at Walmart of all places. Christmas music was playing rather loudly overhead as I made my way through the grocery section — just the usual, forgotten-moments-after-you-hear-them songs. Until “Feliz Navidad” came on. As I continued along, most everyone I saw was either bobbing his or her head along or singing, especially the title words. Any age, any race, male or female — didn’t matter. Everyone was listening and into the song.

The other night, I learned the same thing was true with my nieces. At ages 9, 11 and 15, there isn’t much they can agree on — yet all three were singing along when this song came on as we were driving out looking at Christmas lights. (Another discovery: Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You” is also a uniting factor for them, as we listened to that over and over.) Monday, with just my 11-year-old niece with me, she wanted to listen to “Feliz Navidad” on repeat like we’d done with Mariah the night before.

Whether it’s the upbeat nature of the song, the Spanish and English lyrics, Feliciano’s performance or the combination of all three, it really is fantastic. And as you watch this video, you’ll see just what I mean in the shots of the crowd and even the other musicians. (Also, that’s Maria Shriver about 1:48 into the video, right? Singing along, of course.)

So, today, I want to wish you a Merry Christmas to all — from the bottom of my heart!



1. linda - December 25, 2013

and a Happy Christmas to you as well!

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