The Twelve Songs of Christmas: “Same Old Lang Syne” (Dan Fogelberg)

It’s Christmas Eve, so today we’re showcasing a song with a story that takes place on this day.

I suppose this isn’t strictly a Christmas song, though it has become associated with the holiday season. After all, this time of year is all about family and friends, isn’t it? And I think it’s also important that it be a time of remembrance. The holidays stir up a lot of memories, both good and bad. No one could deny that this is a perfect example of that fact.

Running into an ex is a tricky thing. You could, I suppose, end up reminiscing about old times, like in the song, but when it comes to love lost, I think it’s more likely that a few quick, awkward pleasantries will be exchanged, and some amount of unwanted emotion will be stirred up. And that outcome is present in this song, too. There’s the awkwardness in the second verse, and the chorus is filled with longing — for a simpler time, perhaps, and the innocent joy of the past, so long ago. And I think the emotion in the last few lines is pretty clear, especially with the (blatant) rain metaphor.

It’s important to remember the past and all of the lessons it can teach us, but it’s also important that we don’t dwell on it. Live in the present and focus on the now. Memories can be a beautiful thing, but they can also be dangerous if we devote too much time to trying to recapture the past. you can’t go back, but moving forward, who knows? You might create even better memories.

Today, as we all rush to prepare for Christmas with last-minute decorating and frenzied gift-wrapping, take a moment to look back on your year. Take stock of all of the good memories, all of the fun and joy and love you experienced this year. Hold on to those moments and cherish them. They could prove to be a light in the darkness when you encounter those times where everything seems to be going wrong. And look, too, at all of the bad times. Your loss, your pain, your regrets and mistakes. Seem them, feel them, learn from them, and let them go. Go into Christmas with a light heard and a mind filled with joyful memories. Carry this moment through to the New Year. End your year on a positive note.

Don’t forget to leave some milk and cookies out for Santa tonight. We’ll be back tomorrow with one last song and all of our best Christmas wishes.

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