Sorry. It just came to me. I had no idea just how polarizing a Christmas music debate could be. Folks have really strong opinions on what's the worst Christmas song & they have some really compelling reasons.
Last night I posted the following as my status on Facebook:
"Worst Christmas Song Ever- Go!"
The results were entertaining to say the least. And guess what. As a special treat just for you, I'm going to share some with you.
Anna says: Little Drummer Boy. Geewwww. I just can't take a song seriously that has purumpupumpum in the lyrics. This was one of my favorite Christmas carols as a child because of the prumpumpumpum. Now it's the reason it drives me crazy. Emily agrees with Anna on this one.
To which Nic replied: I always say "rum" instead of "drum" when singing "Little Drummer Boy." "Bum" works too.
Nic's vote was for something totally different: "Baby It's Cold Outside." Because date rape is soooo hilarious. Every time I hear that I want to buy pepper-spray stocking stuffers for all the women I know, and all the ones I don't too. Cannot say I'd ever thought of it that way. I've always loved that song simply for the 1940's esque sound & harmony. After reading that it kind of gives me the creeps. A Starry Night agrees.
Pam was scarred as a child by a Christmas song: Grandma got run over by a reindeer. When I was little that song made me cry and cry... I can see how that would traumatize a child. And she wasn't alone in her hatred of this one. Sarah, Jeremy, and Tanya all agreed with her.
Courtney made a more sweeping comment: Every Christmas song ever turned into a hip hop remix by a 15 second famous pop star is so disturbing I can't even describe. There is a trend to put CHRIST back in Christmas. I think we should put the psalm back in the Christmas song. Preaching to the choir, sister!
Kari & Charlene agree on one: I want a hippopotamus for Christmas! Hands down! OK, once upon a time, I would have agreed with this, but no longer. The song was written by John Rox & recorded by 10 year old Gayla Peevey in 1953. An Oklahoma City promoter quickly picked up on the song's popularity & the singer's local roots and put the song to work raising money to purchase Peevey an actual hippopotamus. When presented with her hippo, Gayla donated it to the Oklahoma City Zoo. Now the song tickles me & it makes Bitsy laugh so it's all good in my book.
Santa Baby is very popular on the list. Ordinary Sarah says, " That whiny voice and begging for stuff, drives me crazy!" And while I wholeheartedly agree, I cannot help but love the song. It goes back to my love of mid-century music & Ertha Kitt. Who doesn't want to listen to Cat Woman sing Christmas music? Apparently Rachel, Jen, and A Starry Night.
Unfortunately for B.B., All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth also made our list. Tanya's exact phrase was, "Gag me," and Rachel gave an, "Ugh." In all actuality he needs 3 front teeth for Christmas, but we'll settle for 2.
Oddly 2 songs by the Beatles or former Beatles made the list & somehow I don't think I've ever heard either one. Ashley said, " As much as I love the Beatles and Paul Mccartney, 'Wonderful Xmas time' is really annoying..." and Zann followed up with, " John Lennon 's Happy Christmas (War is Over) drives me crazy. Of course I don't like the Beatles nor John Lennon so..that probably plays into it."
Neece cracked me up with this one: Feliz Navidad. And I can say this because I married into a Hispanic family. But the joke is on me because my 1 year old daughter loves it and dances when she hears it. So of course I play it for her to see her dance. Hate that song.
Nikki & Monica dislike Last Christmas & I am right there with them. It's whiny & it bugs the living daylights out of me. Personally I think Wham! should be kept as far away from the holidays as is humanly possible.
I couldn't have put this next one any better had I tried, so I'm leaving it entirely to Heatherintheboro: Christmas Shoes. I can't deal, makes me mad and I cry. Who would let a kid go shopping for shoes with no money when Mom is dying? THANK YOU!! And I don't know a child in the world who would want to buy a pair of shoes for his dying mother. A new dress? Yes. A piece of jewelry? Sure. Shoes? For someone who's bedridden? No. And his dad is obviously around. If Mom is on her death bed, who's let the kid leave the house to roam around a shopping center?
I was going to post my most hated Christmas song, but since this is the post that never ends, & I do not know the meaning of the word concise, I think I'll break it into two. Stay tuned!