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We Need More Cheery Songs About Winter

This weekend I caught myself singing “Winter Wonderland”, “Sleigh Ride”, and “Baby It’s Cold Outside” under my breath. And why not? Christmas is over, but winter is in full force. Maybe those songs should be played at least through Groundhog Day. True, no one uses a sleigh to get around but who wants songs about snow tires and white knuckle driving on icy roads? I really like the jaunty energy “Sleigh Ride”. Can’t walk the dogs without thinking of “Winter Wonderland”. It makes the windchill easier to bear. 🙂 A number of secular “Christmas” songs make no mention of Santa, reindeer, presents, or Christmas. We need more cheery songs about winter to get us through January. ‘Cause… “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”!

PS: I have heard versions of “Sleigh Ride” that include a passing reference to Christmas, but the basic song does not (see Metrolyrics).


Ainy Rainwater has been writing and publishing short stories, essays, and novels in various genres for about 30 years. She lives in the greater Houston area with her husband and rescue dogs. She enjoys reading, writing, playing guitar and percussion, gardening, knitting, tea, baking and other kitchen improvisations, daydreaming, and wasting time online. Her novels are available from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Apple, Kobo, Smashwords, and other bookstores. She is presently working on a chick lit fantasy series as well as a number of side projects, including a sequel to If Wishes Were Spaceships, a science fiction novel published in March 2016. Her most recent fiction and works in progress are regularly posted to her subscribers on Patreon. She is also known for the digital pop which she makes under the name Gymshoes. "Everest Sunrise" was featured in the documentary What It Takes. After hurricanes Katrina and Rita she released an EP of songs, A Tropical Depression, the profits of which go to benefit the American Red Cross. Gymshoes albums are available from iTunes, Amazon, and other online stores. For more about Gymshoes music, please see, which has liner notes, links to social media, streaming music, and much more. You can find the author on Facebook, Instagram, Goodreads, and Twitter. She occasionally contributes to the group food blog, The Usual Suspects: and posts short miscellaneous things on The Mighty Microblog: A Truant Disposition, is Ainy Rainwater's official author site.

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