The Christmas Shoes (song)

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"The Christmas Shoes"
Single by NewSong
from the album Sheltering Tree
Released 2000
Recorded 1999 - 2000
Genre
Length 4:50
Label Benson
Songwriter(s) Leonard Ahlstrom, Eddie Carswell, Isaiah "DC" Daniel
Producer(s) Chris Harris, Isaiah "DC" Daniel

"The Christmas Shoes" is a Christmas-themed song by the Christian vocal group NewSong. The song was released through Benson Records as a bonus track on their 2000 album Sheltering Tree, at the urging of popular St. Louis and syndicated radio personality, D.C. of Steve & DC fame. D.C. also co-wrote and co-produced the hit single in the Summer of 2000. [1] and it reached No. 31 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.[2] "The Christmas Shoes" spent one week at No. 1 on the Adult Contemporary chart and No. 42 on the Hot 100 chart.[3] It was written by NewSong group members Eddie Carswell and Leonard Ahlstrom, and radio personality Isaiah "D.C." Daniel.[1]

Content[edit]

The song recounts the events experienced by a narrator completing the last of his gift-shopping on Christmas Eve. While joylessly completing this task, the narrator finds himself waiting in the checkout line behind a young boy. The boy attempts to purchase a pair of expensive shoes for his terminally-ill mother. The boy explains to the cashier that he hasn't much time remaining before she finally succumbs to the undisclosed illness and that he wants her to appear presentable before Jesus. However, he lacks enough money to pay for the shoes. The narrator ends up paying for the shoes, to the boy's delight. The narrator reflects that through this experience, God has reminded him of the true meaning of Christmas.

Cover versions and other media[edit]

One year after NewSong released the song, country music girl group 3 of Hearts released their own version, which peaked at No. 39 on the country chart.[4]

In 2002, Donna VanLiere produced a novelization of the song which was published in 2002 by St. Martin's Press. The book became a made-for-TV movie released in December 2002.[5]

Pop-punk band FM Static released a cover of this song in 2008.[6][7]

Criticism[edit]

The song has appeared on various "worst Christmas song" lists.[8][9][10][11][12] In 2011, the song was named "The Worst Christmas Song Ever" by Jezebel.com, following a weeks-long survey of commenter votes.[13]

On December 24, 2008, internet critic Nostalgia Chick named this song the most disturbing and inescapable Christmas song.[14] Three years later, she wrote a review of the TV movie.[15] What she found most insulting, as she stated in both videos, is the implication that "God killed that woman because you didn't get the meaning of Christmas."

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "NEWSONG". cbs.com. Retrieved August 29, 2007. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 298. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961–2001. Record Research. p. 180. 
  4. ^ Whitburn 2008, p. 419
  5. ^ "The Christmas Shoes". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved December 21, 2016. 
  6. ^ Mansfield, Brian (15 December 2008). "A very special Christmas list for fans of all musical genres". USA Today. Gannett. Retrieved 27 December 2016. 
  7. ^ Fryberger, Scott. "X Christmas (Various Artists)". Jesusfreakhideout.com. Retrieved 27 December 2016. 
  8. ^ Gael Fashingbauer Cooper (December 17, 2012). "Is 'Christmas Shoes' the worst holiday song ever?". Today. NBC. Retrieved December 22, 2012. 
  9. ^ Shalini Roy (December 11, 2012). "Worst Christmas songs: The 10 most annoying holiday hits". Toronto City News. Retrieved December 22, 2012. 
  10. ^ Greg Janda (December 3, 2012). "Sounds of the Season: Five Terrible Holiday Songs". Channel 5 (NBC), Dallas-Fort Worth. Retrieved December 22, 2012. 
  11. ^ Moose (December 2012). "#3 of the 25 Worst Christmas Songs...Ever". 96.3 JACK-FM (Nashville). Retrieved December 22, 2012. 
  12. ^ Jeremiah-Tucker (December 17, 2009). "'Christmas Shoes' is the worst holiday song". Joplin (Missouri) Globe. Retrieved December 22, 2012. 
  13. ^ "We've Found The Worst Christmas Song Ever". Jezebel.com. December 21, 2011. Retrieved December 12, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Top 10 Disturbing and Inescapable Christmas Songs". Thatguywiththeglasses.com. December 24, 2008. Retrieved December 9, 2012. 
  15. ^ "The Christmas Shoes". Thatguywiththeglasses.com. December 10, 2011. Retrieved December 9, 2012.