"Ain't it just like Christmas to kick you when you're down," Nashville-based singer-songwriter Ben Danaher sings on "Just Like Christmas," a reminder that the holiday season isn't always as holly jolly as some of those inescapable Christmas tunes would suggest.
The song, featuring singer-songwriter Ashley Ray, finds Danaher addressing "Christmas creep," the retail phenomenon in which holiday displays are put up way before Thanksgiving ("The most wonderful time used to start in December/ Nowadays they can't even wait 'til November," he sings) and feeling stuck in a less than festive situation.
"Holidays are hard. It seems blasphemous to trash Christmas, which isn't necessarily what I'm trying to do do but to shed light on the fact that alot of people really struggle with this time of year, including myself," Danaher tells Wide Open Country. "Being home for the holidays can feel a bit suffocating if you are trapped in your hometown. To me this song feels like a scene from a Bad Santa movie. I hope people can find comfort in the fact that other people feel the same way during this time of year."
Listen to "Just Like Christmas" below.
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The Texas-native released his debut album Still Feel Lucky, featuring the Maren Morris co-write "Hell or High Water," in 2018.
For more information on Ben Danaher, visit his official website.