I’m having a crisis.
I love singing in a choir, being part of a group that creates beautiful, inspiring music. So I joined the office choir that performs only at the office holiday party. Notice it’s called the “holiday party” and not the “Christmas party” because it’s supposed to be non-denominational. So I figured the holiday songs would be more about sleigh bells than Jesus and boy, I could not have been more wrong. Every song we do it’s JESUS this and SAVIOR that. What the hell? I’ve gone to two of four practices, and I think I’m gonna have to bow out. I sang in a choir for eleven years (age 10-21), in the children’s choir, then the girl’s choir, then the adult choir in the church associated with my elementary school. Most of that time I was an atheist, but I loved the music because it was traditional, Latin, old-church perfection. It was gorgeous! And everyone loved doing their best, while this choir is sorta… casual. Which isn’t a sin, but… *sigh*. I miss it. And I just can’t handle singing about Jesus if it’s gonna be this kitschy. I object as an atheist, and as a human being with good taste. I can’t go against my belief system that there is no god, and that We Need a Little Christmas is just awful.
Not looking forward to telling the co-workers about this one. Most of them are Jewish, so that might make it a little less awkward. Maybe.