Merry Christmas Darling

By Mike McDaniel:

Greeting cards have all been sent

The Christmas rush is through

But I still have a wish to make

A special one for you…

Thus begins one of the most achingly beautiful, vocally perfect Christmas songs of all timeyet one not nearly as universally known as it deserves to be. By all means, take the link. Merry Christmas Darling by the Carpenters, has long been one of my favorite Christmas songs. First released in 1970—I was still in high school then—I appreciated it, not only for the melody and gorgeous harmonies so often lacking in the popular music of the time, but for the emotional beauty and interpretive power of Karen Carpenter’s voice.

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