When we are children, Christmas is the light in our eyes, a song of bells ringing through the skies, a fire burning in our soul – magic that never seems to fade. As we grow older, our Christmas list becomes shorter, and we find out that the things we really want can’t be bought.
Produced, mixed, and mastered by Chris Macfarlane, “No Holly Jolly” is the latest single from Canadian musician Michelle Treacy. The holiday-themed Indie-Acoustic track embodies a somber feel as it paints a picture of just how much one’s world can be turned upside-down in the blink of an eye. Michelle prefaces this experience by singing, “When I was young I knew that Santa’d come and bring me something I could play around with. Now my one wish it won’t be filled, cause it’s not real to think you’d come back for one more kiss.”
“I wrote this song based on the artwork, a day I remember as if it were yesterday, in combination with the times we are living in,” explains Michelle. “My grandma was dancing around the kitchen while cooking dinner and was so happy to be spending Christmas with us. Ma passed away in 2008 on Boxing Day and Christmas just hasn’t felt the same since. As I grow older, the magic fades.”
Surely it hadn’t felt like Christmas for most this past year, but there is a silver lining we can take away from this; we have the opportunity to count our blessings and be thankful for what it is we already have. We must pay less attention to what is underneath our Christmas tree, and more attention to who’s around it. Presence over presents. A message that will continue to hold true as we progress through this new year, and serve as a reminder that it is more important to be in the moment than live for a moment that may never come.