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Album: Where My Christmas LivesReleased: 2009
This is the title track of American rock band 3 Doors Down's second acoustic EP. The other seven tracks are acoustic takes on songs from their 2008 self-titled album, plus an acoustic version of this song.
Frontman Brad Arnold explained to Artist Direct
why he decided to pen a Christmas song: "We were already planning on the EP being released around Christmas, so we did want it to have a bit of a Christmas feel. I've never written a Christmas song before, and it sounded like an interesting challenge, honestly. I was glad because it gave me a chance to explore and think about what Christmas means to me—being around your family, being with your friends, being with the people that you love and being thankful for those things."
Arnold explained the lyrical content of the track in he same interview: "When I started to write the song, I thought about what Christmas meant to me. There are so many memories that I can think back on. I'm the youngest of seven kids. I have a really big family and all of them are around at Christmas. I started thinking about the times from when I was a kid—not even the presents I got, but just being around my family and the cooking. I even started exploring the idea of how you miss people that are gone around Christmas time. You don't really miss them with sadness. You just think about the times that they were there. I tried to write something that talked about all of that."He added: "It talks about the snow on the windows, but there's always somebody by the end of the night—whether it's your brother-in-law or another relative—that's in the recliner sleeping by the fire [Laughs]. You're sitting there talking and there's children just running everywhere! I thought of a line about that. Somehow these children just never get tired! There are so many people around my house and the kids are running amok, but it's cool! That's the great thing about it. I think that's my favorite part of the song."