Reflections on the Orthodox faith and life in this crazy 21st century world by an Orthodox priest and a few of his friends.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
If I Never Heard Them Again...I'd Be Delighted
Nat King Cole, who recorded the original version of "The Christmas Song"
I've never been a big fan of secular Christmas music. Each year in late November, I cringe when in every store, you hear nothing but cheesy Christmas song after cheesy Christmas song. What's worse, beginning in late November, a few of our local radio stations start playing nothing but these songs...and, of course, my daughters all insist upon listening to nothing else!
In the spirit of Ebenezer Scrooge, I thought I would make my own personal list of "Christmas" (some barely deserve the title) songs that I really cannot stand. Just to be extra cantankerous, I am going to only include songs that are loved by millions. I'll exclude songs that practically no one likes, such as "Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer" or the wretched "Last Christmas" by Wham (sound of retching). In order to make this list, a song had to have been heard by me at least 100 times over the past 7 years (even though I avoid them!)
So, here it goes: The ten beloved Christmas/Holiday songs that I hate the most, in order from those I hate the least to those I hate the most:
10. Rocking Around the Christmas Tree (Goofy)
9. Jingle Bells (No one over about 12 should like this song!)
8. I'll Be Home For Christmas (Way too sappy)
7. White Christmas (I know; you all love it. No offense to you or to Bing!)
6. Sleigh Ride (I had to play this in band all the time and pretty much couldn't stand it by my senior year in HS)
5. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (Sappy, and I hate the line about "the Fates" -- there is no such thing as "the Fates!")
AND NOW....my all time LEAST FAVORITE (popular) Christmas song...drum roll, please.....
1. The Christmas Song (I know, I know, this will be heresy to many of you. Forgive me! I've just heard it about 1000 times too many, and the sappy, syrupy lyrics give me indigestion. Why does every recording artist on the planet feel compelled to record this song?)
Thank you for indulging me. I wish you all a blessed celebration of the Nativity of our Lord and God and Savior Jesus Christ in the flesh (that's Christmas for all you Aggies out there!)
By the way, what would you add to the list? I solicit your thoughts.