The kids have begun bugging me because I change the channel whenever a Christmas song comes on. They think I hate Christmas music, and I don’t. I just don’t like it too soon. There are now two radio stations I can no longer listen to until late December. In a week or two, I’ll be ready to start listening, but I just don’t feel Christmassy yet, and I don’t want a radio station telling me how I’m supposed to feel.
So let’s have some fun. I’ve learned there are two things you can post in order to garner a lot of comments, the first of which is “I may have a baby someday, and if it’s a boy, I’m not sure if I should circumcise him.” Your child may graduate college before that discussion goes dormant.
The second is this: “Which Christmas song do you hate?”
I’m not consistent. I don’t dislike secular songs, for example, but I do dislike the religious Christmas songs when performed by someone who doesn’t believe in Jesus. Except for Sting’s “The Angel Gabriel,” which I would listen to a thousand times. I’m a little irritated when someone takes a love song and turns it into a Christmas song by sticking it at Christmas time — except for “All I Want For Christmas Is YOOOOOOOOOOOOU.” (Thank you to someone on my parenting forum, who first spelled it that way and has made me smile ever since.)
I detest “Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer.”
I cannot stand “Last Christmas I Gave You My Heart” even though I love(d) WHAM! and would be happy to hear just about anything else by them. (Er, except for the WHAM! rap, which I will be happy never to hear again.) “Last Christmas” didn’t need to be recorded at all, and it certainly didn’t need to be covered again, and yet both versions are playing on local stations. *click*
“Santa Baby” annoys me in any version.
“So This Is Christmas” gives me a headache, but then I heard Sarah McLachlan’s version, and that was okay.
And just so you don’t think I’m being unfair to the secular songs: I dislike “The First Noel” in every single incarnation I’ve ever heard. Ever. I dislike the rhyme scheme. I dislike the pacing. I just cannot find anything redeeming in the song. (Feel free to educate me as to its merits so I don’t have to clench my teeth every time I have to hear it.)
Let’s have a gripe-fest in the comments box. Tell me which Christmas song you hate the most.