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Your pet peeves in Christmas carols? #3020148 12/19/19 11:29 PM
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My parents were really into celebrating Christmas for as long as I can remember, so the love for Christmas carols is carved in me for EVER...but for some reasons I just can not take this 'Wonderful Christmastime' song. Especially that part that goes, 'Simply have a wonderful Christmas time'! I don't know why, but I find that part/melody excruciating. Yes, I know who wrote the song.

What about your pet peeves ...?

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Well, I hope this doesn't violate the rules and regs for the forum; due to the centrality of my religious beliefs, I get annoyed when a store, or radio station, or school blabs about Christmas ad nauseum while going to great lengths to avoid _any_ acknowledgment of its association with Christianity. I like Santa, elves, reindeer-flattened grandmas, and snow as much as the next guy, but c'mon, 'fess up to the history.

If the above is off-limits, then Moderators please delete it with my apologies.

I'm also annoyed by a couple of "religious" Christmas songs: In the Bleak Midwinter and The First Noel, as they push the winter angle for an event whose actual date (or season) is not known.


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"...give me some figgy pudding and bring it right here".

If this lyric had been written during the last 10 years, its greed and and its self-centered focus would be cited as evidence for a decline of society.
But the song it comes from is decades old.
I cringe when I hear it.

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I hate Carols, they are boring and lacks groove.
Same thing for most gospel music, just dead and repetitive.

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Originally Posted by Tom Williams
Well, I hope this doesn't violate the rules and regs for the forum; due to the centrality of my religious beliefs, I get annoyed when a store, or radio station, or school blabs about Christmas ad nauseum while going to great lengths to avoid _any_ acknowledgment of its association with Christianity. I like Santa, elves, reindeer-flattened grandmas, and snow as much as the next guy, but c'mon, 'fess up to the history.

If the above is off-limits, then Moderators please delete it with my apologies.

I'm also annoyed by a couple of "religious" Christmas songs: In the Bleak Midwinter and The First Noel, as they push the winter angle for an event whose actual date (or season) is not known.

This year, for the first time I was noticing much the same, song after song that is very much about christian worshipping. But then I did a wider survey and found many songs that were about the season, snow, holiday cheer and reindeer!

I find Santa Claus is coming to Town a scary song- "He knows when you've been bad or good so be good for goodness sake!" Gives me the creeps.


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Re: Your pet peeves in Christmas carols? [Re: Randelph] #3020196 12/20/19 10:16 AM
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Well those of us in the southern hemisphere have grappled with the concept of a winter Xmas in the middle summer since Christianity arrived in this part of the world. One man's turkey is another man's prawns.

I figure that any festival that celebrates peace and goodwill to everyone is a good thing , on the 25th of December or any other time. Whatever the lyrics I am cool with l
them, even when they happen to be about snow and it is 40+ degrees in the shade.


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Pop stars trying to sing Christmas Carols. Example Stevie Nicks Silent Night! facepalm wall redwall


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Originally Posted by paulkondig
Pop stars trying to sing Christmas Carols. Example Stevie Nicks Silent Night! facepalm wall redwall

Or this facepalm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nryo91pHK8s

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Originally Posted by Randelph
I find Santa Claus is coming to Town a scary song- "He knows when you've been bad or good so be good for goodness sake!" Gives me the creeps.

A friend told us that when she was explaining Santa Claus to her very young daughter, the little girl said, "you mean he lands on our roof and comes into our house in the middle of the night, and you're okay with that?" "And why does he come in through the chimney instead of the door?" And why do we all have to be asleep?" ....


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I agree with the OP about "Wonderful Christmastime" But I know EXACTLY what I hate (sorry, I don;t like using that word - Seriously Dislike with Extreme Prejudice) about that song.

The cheesy synth line with the excruciatingly poorly timed echo.

Makes my teeth hurt.


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Originally Posted by Tom Williams
Well, I hope this doesn't violate the rules and regs for the forum; due to the centrality of my religious beliefs, I get annoyed when a store, or radio station, or school blabs about Christmas ad nauseum while going to great lengths to avoid _any_ acknowledgment of its association with Christianity. I like Santa, elves, reindeer-flattened grandmas, and snow as much as the next guy, but c'mon, 'fess up to the history.


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My current holiday peeve is the Cadillac Escalade (IIRC) TV ad that plays over a melody-modified Jingle Bells. Anyone heard this? It is physically painful to my ear to hear them intentionally miss those familiar intervals. It sounds like a deaf person hammering out the rhythm on a child's xylophone with only approximate consideration of the actual melody. I'm wondering if they're trying to skirt royalty payments to whoever owns the publishing rights to the original.


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I've heard the same thing on several occasions. Where the line should go (in C) G G F D C, and instead goes G G E D C

That's an affront to the ears


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I listen to this playlist every Christmas. Possibly the world's only jazz-fusion Christmas album followed by a hilarious encore by Joe Pesci. I recommend it to y'all.

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I always found the Barbra Streisand Christmas Album and the Neil Diamond Christmas Albums especially..um.. ironic?
Hey, I guess everyone's gotta' make a buck.

But, personally, it has to be playing "Sleigh Ride" for non-singers at a party or whatnot. If you don't lead them by the nose into the bridge, musically it's all over.


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Thanks, Moe. I needed that


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A "Holly Jolly Christmas"? *pukes*

There is ONLY ONE version of Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree and it is sung by Brenda Lee.
All other versions are lame and useless.

Mostly, I ignore the whole she-bang and observe the Solstice, which is the celebration day that the Romans chose to replace with Christmas. As mentioned above, the actual date is unknown. But, Solstice is known and days startt getting longer. Up here, that is meaningful.

A bit of Bob Rivers never hurts.

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When I lived in Alaska, we had Solstice parties twice a year


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There are only a handful of Christmas songs I actually like. But, in all honesty, if I never heard another Christmas song again, my life would not suffer a bit.


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Originally Posted by Tom Williams
Well, I hope this doesn't violate the rules and regs for the forum; due to the centrality of my religious beliefs, I get annoyed when a store, or radio station, or school blabs about Christmas ad nauseum while going to great lengths to avoid _any_ acknowledgment of its association with Christianity. I like Santa, elves, reindeer-flattened grandmas, and snow as much as the next guy, but c'mon, 'fess up to the history.


My first thought was that this does not violate forum rules. Then I started to write a reply to it and realized that there's just no way to talk about this stuff without spiraling into the gravitational force of a religious discussion. Those discussions are important, but they shouldn't happen here.


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I'm dreaming of a White Christmas,
Spent on the white sands of Waikiki,
Where the ocean's roaring, and no one's snoring,
with a Blue Hawaii instead of a tree.

Courtesy of the one year that my wife and I went to Hawaii in December, and flew back at 9pm (Hawaii time) on Christmas Day.
That is how we spent the morning.

MUCH better than that cold white stuff!!!!!!


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Originally Posted by SteinwayB

I just sang that one to folks at work today!


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Originally Posted by SteinwayB


Loved it!


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Originally Posted by Tom Williams


I'm also annoyed by a couple of "religious" Christmas songs: In the Bleak Midwinter and The First Noel, as they push the winter angle for an event whose actual date (or season) is not known.


It's thought to be more like springtime since the shepherds would be in the fields during lambing season. There are 2 different melodies to Bleak Midwinter (and to other Christmas carols). The Jacob Collier version is a particularly good version.

Also it's veered a bit off topic since the header says Christmas carols which, to me anyway, would be the religious songs as opposed to Christmas music which would entail all the rest.

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Originally Posted by BenWaB3
[quote=Tom Williams]

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Also it's veered a bit off topic since the header says Christmas carols which, to me anyway, would be the religious songs as opposed to Christmas music which would entail all the rest.


Right. I should've said Christmas songs in general. Carols normally mean 'sacred' songs.

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Originally Posted by SteinwayB


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Thanks for the laugh. Both were awesome!

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