Saturday, December 26, 2009
If you're not among those who are there in person, Christmas Eve in Melbourne usually means watching Carols by Candlelight on television. This has certainly become something of a tradition in my family. While I usually enjoy live music, I have mixed feelings about Carols by Candlelight. It's an important charity event for Vision Australia, and it's great that all of the performers generously give their time to support it. On the other hand, very few carols are sung, and this means that the night could be better described as more of a Christmas concert than a carols service. Whose idea was it to have two of the cast members from the musical Mamma Mia to perform an ABBA song? Why do Hi-5 perform the same song every year? There's a good reason why Aussie carols have never caught on; they're naff. Can the presenters cut back on their scripted 'witty' banter as well? It doesn't work. As far as I know, only some of the performers were Christians. For those who weren't, I pray that they think about the words of the songs they sung that night, and that through this, they might grasp something of the true meaning of Christmas.