Deana Carter's "Once Upon a December" From "Anastasia" is Still One of the Best Christmas-y Songs Out There

Deana Carter’s “Once Upon a December” From “Anastasia” is Still One of the Best Christmas-y Songs Out There

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I’m a sucker for a melancholy song.

It’s not a Christmas song, per se, but “Once Upon a December” from the “Anastasia” soundtrack has been essential for me this time of year ever since it was released in 1997.

It’s like “Die Hard” or “While You Were Sleeping.” The song — like those movies — isn’t exactly about Christmas but they’re forever associated with the holiday in my mind.

“Once Upon a December,” if you remember was included in the Disney film “Anastasia” about the lost Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia. It’s a lullaby that comes up several times in the movie, but it’s draws a very relatable image.

Dancing bears,
Painted wings,
Things I almost remember,
And a song someone sings,
Once upon a December

Someone holds me safe and warm,
Horses prance through a silver storm,
Figures dancing gracefully across my memorySomeone holds me safe and warm,
Horses prance through a silver storm,
Figures dancing gracefully across my memory.

Far away,
Long ago,
Glowing dim as an ember,
Things my heart used to know,
Things it yearns to remember

And a song someone sings

Once upon a December

If take away the context of “Anastasia,” it almost harkens back to childhood. The older we get, the more we lose the magic of holidays. Christmas was enchanting as a child, but now there’s bills to pay and pies to bake. I may not be a long lost heiress but I do long for the ease of childhood and the magic of December.