I prefer the sacred songs to the secular ones, but I find there is one thing that many Christmas songs, regardless of origin, have in common.
Incredibly. Ridiculous. Lyrics. Weird word choices. Creepy phrases.
Please, allow me to explain in the form of a top ten list (in no particular order).
#10. Winter Wonderland: Later on, we'll conspire / As we dream by the fire / To face unafraid / The plans that we've made / Walking in a winter wonderland. What kind of plans were you making that you have to note you're unafraid to follow through on them? I mean, are we talking going skiing on a too-steep slope or an attempt at world domination here?
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#9: Do You Hear What I Hear? A child, a child shivers in the cold / Let us bring Him silver and gold / Let us bring Him silver and gold. No. Just no. The thought is mighty sweet, Your Highness, but the Holy Child could use a nice wool blanket, or maybe some crocheted booties instead. Thanks.
#8: Away in a Manger: The little Lord Jesus, no crying He makes. Yes, Jesus was God made flesh, but that does NOT mean he was too sweet and angelic to cry. As a new mom, I can say the chances were really good that little Lord Jesus cried when He was hungry and cried when He was wet and cried when He was tired...it's the human aspect of Him and all.
#7: Little Drummer Boy: Mary nodded / Pa rum pum pum pum. In the same vein as the above, Mary's a teenage mom, but she isn't stupid. If her baby just fell asleep, your rat-a-tat-tatting on the drum is not going to be a welcome gift, Ringo.
#6: Little Saint Nick: Christmas comes this time each year. I love you, Beach Boys. Really. You're among my very favorite bands. But this is akin to saying "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is a reindeer with a red nose." Guys. Come on.
#5. The Most Wonderful Time of the Year: There'll be scary ghost stories / And tales of the glories / Of Christmases long, long ago. I never understood this. Why would you tell ghost stories on Christmas? Wrong holiday, right? I don't get it, either.
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#3. Frosty the Snowman: Frosty the Snowman / Knew the sun was hot that day / So he said, "Let's run / And have some fun / Now before I melt away." Hot sun + running = melting even faster. Basic science, Frosty. You might be magical, but you're not the brightest crayon in the box.
#2. Last Christmas: I keep my distance/ But you still catch my eye / Tell me baby, do you recognize me / Well, it's been a year; it doesn't surprise me. Okay, let me get this. You were passionately in love, gave your heart away, and don't think your lover would recognize you just a year later? I recognize people I haven't seen for a decade...and I didn't even profess undying love for them. So, the question is...how dramatically did you change your hair?
#1. Here Comes Santa Claus: So let's give thanks to the Lord above / 'Cause Santa Claus comes tonight. Again, I kind of lean to the right when I celebrate Christmas...so thanking God for Santa Claus - and not for the birth of Jesus - seems kind of selfish and icky to me. I guess I should apologize if this seems a bit on the biting end of sarcastic. It's only the past two years I've really been able to enjoy Christmas after years of bad memories associated with the holidays. Still...some lyrics are almost as inane as what you hear in pop music. Just something to think about.
As I'm listening to Christmas music, of course. My husband is rewriting some of the lyrics for me: "Last Christmas, I gave you my heart, but the very next day, you returned it to K-Mart."
And he's cheery WITHOUT the addition of rum in his eggnog.
Merry Christmas, everyone!