Christmas; That wonderful time of year when stores are crowded, people are (extra) crazy, your not-so-favorite relatives are in town, and there’s too many gift exchange parties for you to keep track of, right? How about the specials on the television, the old ones you grew up watching, and the new ones that make you wonder why they were even made in the first place? They’ll never live up to those OG hits like “Rudolph The Red- Nosed Reindeer” and “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town,” so why bother, right?
Oh, and the music! Played on repeat for at least a month leading up to the 25th, and in some cases (like my in-car playlist) as early as October 1st. How many times will you hear “All I want for Christmas is You” by Mariah Carey (or someone attempting to copy her sound?) “Jingle Bell Rock,” or “Last Christmas” blaring through the mall speakers? The difference between Christmas TV shows and Christmas music is definitely the amount of playtime. “Frosty the Snowman” on TV doesn’t seem to age because it’s seen once or twice a year, whereas “Frosty the Snowman” by The Ronettes is heard over 222,000 times from October-December in a given year.
That’s why when a new Christmas song comes out that is original, compelling, and feels like an instant classic, we must spread the good word because you deserve to hear some new and different songs to include in playlists, Christmas mixtapes, and party background music. Today we are premiering a special exclusive song and video, by Atlanta-based Country artist Carly Burruss; “The Sweetest Time of All.”
If you’re looking for the cure to this overinflated, increasingly busy, commercialized consumerist holiday (at least for a little while), look no further than this single, written to call out the very things we get tired of every Christmas, like lonesome moments under the mistletoe and tacky sweater vests. The song reminds us of the real reason this Holiday is celebrated: The Advent and Coming of Jesus Christ, as a migrant baby in a manger, on Christmas night.
“The Sweetest Time of All” is available on Spotify, Apple Music, and iTunes, on December 1st.
Carly is performing this song and other Christmas tunes live on Thursday, December 21st, at 8PM, at Smith’s Olde Bar in Atlanta, GA, alongside Chidima Ubah and Trae Vedder. (TICKETS) Definitely a show worth seeing!
Carly Burruss is an Atlanta-based Country singer/songwriter who has played on stage with Keith Urban, opened for Dwight Yokam, and played alongside Florida-Georgia Line, Sam Hunt, and more on several occasions. She was a Georgia CMA Female Artist of the Year Nominee in 2016.