Your Favorite Holiday Song: Your Personality!

by Maryann Pisano on December 10, 2011


The information presented in this website and the comments from Dr. Hughes are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or psychological disorder. The information presented is not a substitute for medical, psychological or psychiatric treatment. You are advised to seek professional medical and psychological help as necessary.

With the holiday season comes Christmas carols! Do you prefer Santa Baby”?  “O Holy Night”?  “Joy to the World”?  Whatever your favorite  holiday melody, Psychologist Dr. Carsi Hughes interprets what your favorite Christmas song says about your personality!

“Santa Baby”

People who prefer this song are usually female, and are very good at oversexualizing just about anything– even a major Christian holiday!  This song is flirty and sensual and quite childlike and honestly, has more to do with the woman asking for expensive presents than it has to do with Santa or the holiday at all.  people who have “Santa Baby” as their favorite song are attention seeking, manipulative, and know how to get what they want.

“O Holy Night”

This is big song, a song that is clearly religious and founded in tradition and a difficult, complicated melody.  People that prefer this song are intense, intelligent, and impressive.  They often stand out in a crowd and are usually the leaders of any group they are in.  They may come across at times as arrogant; however, truth is, they are simply very educated and perfectionist which can be misinterpreted.

“Joy to the World”

This is another big song with a big powerful melody; however, those who prefer this song seem less serious and intense than those who prefer similar traditional religious songs.  This is a happy song that is full of Christmas celebratory moods and music.  It is nearly impossible to sing this song without smiling.  People who love this song are huggers who see the glass half full full at all times, and most times, entirely full.

“White Christmas” 

This holiday song is secular and has, despite its lovely lyrics, a sad tint to it.  people who love this song are likely calm, contemplative, and don’t feel that they are truly experiencing the holiday unless they can feel both the happiness and the more depressive aspects.  For many people, the holidays bring along stress and resurface feelings of sadness; this is a perfect song for them in that it feels like a good fit with their mood.

“Little Drummer Boy”

Another song with a slightly depressive tinge, “Little Drummer Boy” is the underdog’s song.  People who prefer this song often feel different from others or somehow inferior.  They may be shy or unassuming.  This rhythmic song has a comforting lull and a story that takes the drummer boy from invisibility to front and center.  This is an enticing scenario for those that crave visibility and praise.

“Silent Night”

This religious song is the closest one to a lullaby and despite its pure religious bent, appeals equally non-Christians and Christians.  People who choose this song as their favorite crave peace and relaxation.  They may be anxious or dream of a simpler, less hectic time.  Those who love this song often love other songs as well; however, when they are most stressed, “Silent Night” is their go-to carol to regroup or rebuild.

“The Christmas Song”

This song is a very definitional song and most people have a very clear opinion of it: either they love it or they hate it.  Those who love this song have an interest in “the perfect Christmas” and either have experienced in their own life or have a longing for such a holiday.  All the things mentioned in the song are family traditions and paint a picture of an ideal Christmastime.  Those who hate this song, find it to be unrealistic.  Their thought is that if all these things are what makes Christmas, Christmas… then not having them feels like failure.  Chestnuts roasting?  Yuletide carols sung by a choir?  Dressing up like Eskimos?  Mistletoe?  Some will love all the trappings of the season, others will roll their eyes.

Dr. Carsi Hughes received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Northwestern University Medical School. She is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in adult psychopathology, clinical neuropsychology, and psychoanalytic psychotherapy. Academic appointments include Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology and Post Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Studies at Dominican University.

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