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Your Most Hated Christmas Songs--2012 Edition.
« on: December 07, 2012, 04:17:42 pm »
It's that time of year again where you can't walk into even a convenience store without being assaulted by numerous versions of "Jingle Bells."  Some of us enjoy these songs, even the kitschy ones.  Some just smile and try to ignore them.  Others just want to take a chainsaw to the store's music system.

There are certain songs that cause reaction number three in even the most mild mannered people.  Throughout the years, it has become traditional here on TC to list our most hated Christmas songs and make fun of them.

So what's the Christmas song that you just love to hate?

I will start with the perennial un-favorite, "The Little Drummer Boy."


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Re: Your Most Hated Christmas Songs--2012 Edition.
« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2012, 04:28:23 pm »
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It's that time of year again where you can't walk into even a convenience store without being assaulted by numerous versions of "Jingle Bells."  Some of us enjoy these songs, even the kitschy ones.  Some just smile and try to ignore them.  Others just want to take a chainsaw to the store's music system.

There are certain songs that cause reaction number three in even the most mild mannered people.  Throughout the years, it has become traditional here on TC to list our most hated Christmas songs and make fun of them.

So what's the Christmas song that you just love to hate?

I will start with the perennial un-favorite, "The Little Drummer Boy."

 
"It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year."

Because it's not. It's cold. My skin is dry and they start playing this immediately after Thanksgiving.

I'll take some Handel over the pop stuff any day.
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Re: Your Most Hated Christmas Songs--2012 Edition.
« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2012, 05:00:11 pm »
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"The Little Drummer Boy."

 
The actual lyrics to that song are pretty powerful imo.  
But that rum-pum-pum-pum shit really grates on the nerves.  

My most-hated would have to be "12 Days of Christmas."  
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« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2012, 05:01:33 pm »
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"It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year."

Because it's not. It's cold. My skin is dry and they start playing this immediately after Thanksgiving.

I'll take some Handel over the pop stuff any day.


"Santa Baby" and "Baby, It's Cold Outside", the former is obnoxious, the latter is just...wow...."What's in this drink?" Really, song?

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« Reply #4 on: December 07, 2012, 05:08:57 pm »
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"Santa Baby" and "Baby, It's Cold Outside", the former is obnoxious, the latter is just...wow...."What's in this drink?" Really, song?

 
The former is not only obnoxious, but it's basically about someone putting out to Santa which can get rather mental image-y.

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« Reply #5 on: December 07, 2012, 05:13:25 pm »
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The actual lyrics to that song are pretty powerful imo.  
But that rum-pum-pum-pum shit really grates on the nerves.  


I think the "rum-pum-pum-pum" parts is why so many people bring it up every year.  Other than that, yeah it would be a good song...maybe.

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My most-hated would have to be "12 Days of Christmas."  
Shut up about your damned gifts already.

 
Especially if those gifts involve poultry (makes me hungry) or slave labor (no, just no).


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« Reply #6 on: December 07, 2012, 05:18:04 pm »
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So what's the Christmas song that you just love to hate?

 
The one's I tend to hate the most are the most pop-oriented (The Beach Boys, WHAM!, McCartney, etc.) or the glurge-ridden.

Of the later category, the most notorious is "The Christmas Shoes."  "Do They Know It's Christmas" also fits in this category, but with an extra does of "Westerners Who Did Not Do The Research"


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Re: Your Most Hated Christmas Songs--2012 Edition.
« Reply #7 on: December 07, 2012, 06:16:51 pm »
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The actual lyrics to that song are pretty powerful imo.  
But that rum-pum-pum-pum shit really grates on the nerves.  

My most-hated would have to be "12 Days of Christmas."  
Shut up about your damned gifts already.

 
See, it's the lyrics to "The Little Drummer Boy" that bug me the most.  Because I think the image of Jesus--of a Messiah!--born in a feed shed or cave and laid humbly in an animal's trough because his parents are too poor and unprepared for a cradle--the idea of a God incarnating essentially as a tiny, vulnerable child to migrant, hardworking, socially-disadvantaged parents who don't have a lot but do their best to raise him right--that's really, really powerful to me.  The idea of establishing a different ground for sovereignty, a different context for what power means, and the idea of that kind of honor being bestowed on humble working people.  That there's something unexpected about a guy like Jesus of Nazareth mattering, that he was not a king in the conventional sense, that his common upbringing matters.  That there's something in how he grows up that makes his ministry special, and something else special in nobody knowing how much he would matter.

And it all gets ruined with "The Little Drummer Boy" and its image of a line around the block of people who all apparently know that this baby is King of something and are showering his family with expensive presents.  Not just three kings with pack-camels, not just some local shepherds who heard something interesting, but, like, the whole municipality, all lined up, bringing their fanciest stuff in tribute, down to a little kid who is treating this nonverbal baby like a sovereign.

The whole story changes if everybody knows, from the very beginning, that Jesus is worldshakingly important, and Mary and Joseph have, like, a stack of gold bars and fancy unguents in the back of the house and never want for anything again.
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« Reply #8 on: December 07, 2012, 08:13:14 pm »
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"It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year."

Because it's not. It's cold. My skin is dry and they start playing this immediately after Thanksgiving.

 
Agreed!

I quite enjoy a lot of Christmas carols, especially the really religious ones. They're beautiful, even if one is not a believer. The cheesy carols about winter and Santa are pretty annoying.

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The one song is not to blame for those contradictions. The story of the star shining in the east and the three wise men coming to worship Jesus comes from the Gospel of Matthew, and in the Gospel of Luke, an angel appears to shepherds on the night of Jesus's birth to tell them the saviour has been born in the city of David. I don't think the nativity is even mentioned in the other two gospels at all.

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Re: Your Most Hated Christmas Songs--2012 Edition.
« Reply #9 on: December 07, 2012, 08:40:12 pm »
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Of the later category, the most notorious is "The Christmas Shoes."  

 
Agh, it's the song that shall not be named.  

 It ranks right up there with "Please Daddy (Don't Get Drunk This Christmas)" as top song most likely to suck every bit of joy out of the holiday season.
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« Reply #10 on: December 07, 2012, 09:01:24 pm »
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"Please Daddy (Don't Get Drunk This Christmas)"


Never heard of this one, so I went googling.

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I recall being 5 years old, being carried out by my mother at a run, looking back and seeing by drunken raging stepfather demolishing the tree.  
So yeah.  There's a trigger.

But it's not as bad as "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer."
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« Reply #11 on: December 07, 2012, 09:16:36 pm »
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The one song is not to blame for those contradictions. The story of the star shining in the east and the three wise men coming to worship Jesus comes from the Gospel of Matthew, and in the Gospel of Luke, an angel appears to shepherds on the night of Jesus's birth to tell them the saviour has been born in the city of David. I don't think the nativity is even mentioned in the other two gospels at all.

 
I'm...aware of that?  I don't like the song because it narrates and perpetuates a version of the story that bothers me from a theological and storytelling perspective.  I don't think it is the first or only source to display the perspective in question.  And I know my Gospels, thanks.
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Re: Your Most Hated Christmas Songs--2012 Edition.
« Reply #12 on: December 07, 2012, 09:21:08 pm »
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It ranks right up there with "Please Daddy (Don't Get Drunk This Christmas)" as top song most likely to suck every bit of joy out of the holiday season.

 
:eek:  Good lord.  I've never heard that one.  And maybe I should keep it that way.


But agreed: "Christmas Shoes" is the worst. THE WORST.
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« Reply #13 on: December 07, 2012, 09:25:21 pm »
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So what's the Christmas song that you just love to hate?


"Blue Christmas" by Elvis Presley. Actually, "Blue Christmas" by ANY artist.

Every time I hear that song, I either turn the radio WAY down/off/to another station or, if it's not on MY radio, I want to rip my ear drums out.

I HATE that song.
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Re: Your Most Hated Christmas Songs--2012 Edition.
« Reply #14 on: December 07, 2012, 09:47:14 pm »
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But it's not as bad as "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer."

 
My dad loves that stupid song! I hear it every year (but not this year, this year all they'll be hearing are the awesome tunes coming from my room).

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