Throughout my life I’ve heard the same modern composed Christmas songs every Christmas — “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire”, “Winter Wonderland”, “Frosty the Snowman” etc…..And, ironically it seems, there have never been new ones since I was about five years old. Yes — a couple — “Do You Hear What I Hear” and “Little Drummer Boy” — but that’s about it. Otherwise, the songs that were there when I was five are still there, and nothing new has supplanted them. But in all the years and all my travles, there is one Christmas song that ought to be in that pantheon of worldwide standards. It’s from the Philippines, and as far as I know, it’s never really traveled beyond there — but it should have.
So here it is — “Christmas in our Hearts”, by Jose Mari Chan, songwriter extraordinaire (and businessman/economist in his spare time) from Manila. Merry Christmas — I love this song and if you don’t love the Philippines after hearing this, then you have a heart of stone!