Happy Yule, Bookwyrms! Inspired by Angélique’s 12 Days of Seasonal Earworms, I’d like to share a unique song from one of my Christmas playlists.
I say unique because it’s not explicitly a Christmas song, but I associate it as such because it was featured in an NCIS Christmas episode seven years ago. It resonates especially this year because that episode (“Homesick”) was about a(n albeit small-scale) medical outbreak that has a happy ending and a message about having faith that we’ve stopped plagues before and we’ll do it again.
The song itself also reminds me that, as much as possible, I need to treat other people with extra kindness and generosity right now. Give people the benefit of the doubt, and if that’s not possible, pick my battles. I don’t need to respond verbally to everything I disagree with. To put it in writerly terms: Show, Don’t Tell. Live my values and save my (public) outrage for when and how it’s going to be most helpful rather than just overwhelming people with bad news.
Any songs you associate with the December holidays even though they’re not technically about any holiday? Any songs you find particularly effective in keeping you going right now? Anyone else get a kick out of reading Angélique’s list of previous Seasonal Earworm segment titles? 😆