Our parents picked this music. Sure, it's the music of our childhood and therefore familiar; it's the soundtrack behind our memories, good and bad. But our parents chose the popular songs of the day because they liked them, they enforced cultural standards and created memes that our parents identified with at the time. They danced to it, they decorated the tree to it, they smooched under mistletoe while these songs were playing, and they watched us, their children, tear into our presents to the sound of this music--because they'd bought the 45s (analog single-song MP3s).
You can blame Boomers for the 1960s (although I object that personally because I was only 8 years old when the 1960s ended--just how much did I affect society at age 8?) and for disco in the 1970s and for the greed-is-good ethos of the 1980s, because Boomers made choices and took actions that had results, intended and un-intended consequences. But you can't really blame Boomers for traditional popular Christmas music, just because it's what we remember--we didn't pick it.
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