Christmas in my Brainbank

Today is the origin of the holiday we call Christmas.  Technically the believers in Christ celebrate his “birth” on December 25, but really the Christians just put little baby Jesus in a manger at this time of year because the pagans already celebrated a bunch of shit right now. I’m all knowledgeable about this stuff and you should believe me.  The other fact I know about this time of year is that the music is amazing and awful.  It isn’t often that one gets this magnificent combination, but when it happens it is like a stripper giving out free lap dances on the day you take your coworker out to celebrate his recent engagement to that chick he knocked up a few months ago.

Where was I?  Oh right, Christmas music.  I absu-fraking-lutely love listening to Christmas music.  Maybe it’s because my parents made us listen to it, but this is one brainwashing I don’t fully hate.  I love that when the shit is hitting the electric heater in my office (the very heater we have to use because our building won’t adequately heat our office) I can turn on some Bing and I’m back in a place where no amount of stupidity can hurt me.  My brothers and I would roar with laughter when stupid old, dead Bing Crosby started singing about Christmas in Killarney.  Of course, we didn’t know that Killarney was  real place and that we probably had ancestors there.  We just found the rhythm and lyrics ridiculous.

Some twenty years later, I remember the joy we experienced in those moments.  Something so essentially happy is captured in my soul and reflected when I hear the Christmas songs that seemed bothersome or irritating as a kid.  So many memories (good or bad) can be triggered by our senses, but is generally a comfort to me that the music of Christmases gone by makes me engage with a bygone part of my life.  So much of my holiday build up is about stress: stress over shopping, angst over getting crap done at work before closure, and mostly stress over what to give that person in the bloggy gift exchange.  Then I put on my holiday mix and all is good in the world.

Yet I know that Christmas music is a bit controversial.  A lot of people seem to hate it, A LOT.  When it gets stuck in their heads, they are driven mad.  I think this is the definition of the human experience:  that which makes one person happy makes the other psychotically depressed.

So which are you, my dear bloggy friends?  Does a Mele Kalikimaka make you smile with memories of luaus gone by or vomit up the roasts porks gone by? Either way, what is or isn’t your favorite music of the season.  Share, scare, and swear away.


16 thoughts on “Christmas in my Brainbank”

  1. I love Christmas in Killarney and all of the old songs. Bing was genius. However I read a book called Christmas in Killarney that would have Bing rolling over in his grave. Sexy gay threesome, wowza. *Sorry Bing*

    I don’t like the weird joke songs like Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer or I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas. Too weird. And none of this mothers dying of cancer bullshit or cats freezing to death because you refuse to let it in the house. Merry Christmas to you bitch.

    As for pop star “new” songs. They are okay, but as you said, the oldies bring up a “feeling” you don’t get from the new ones.

    1. Very few artists can do new Christmas music! And their covers of oldies just make me wish I was listening to the oldies. Of course…for my family the Jackson 5 Christmas Album was always in rotation after Bing

    2. ALSO….when we were kids we loved Grandma got run over by a reindeer…..but I think that started to become distasteful when my grandmother passed away….

  2. I like Christmas music, but not until December (though I will admit to occasionally listening to Christmas music in July…).

    Carol of the Bells is my favorite, but I also like Sleigh Ride, The Nutcracker, The Sleeping Beauty Waltz, Good King Wenceslas and All I Want For Christmas Is You- which is my favorite modern song.

  3. I love Christmas music! The tradition in our family was to listen to it for the first time as we made pies the night before Thanksgiving. Always the Time Life Christmas CDs, though in recent years we’ve added the Ally McBeal and Glee Christmas CDs to the rotation.

      1. It’s so good! It’s not all Vonda. Calista sings Santa Baby, Jenna Maroney sings Run Run Rudolph and I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus, and Robert Downey Jr. sings River. Swooooooon!

  4. My favorite Christmas song = A Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting…). I also love some of the weird ones like Christmas Island and Santa Clause Got Stuck in My Chimney.

  5. When I was growing up, my parents mostly listened to choral Christmas music. They did spice it up a little bit, with the Arthur Lyman “Mele Kalikimaka” album, and Mae West’s “Wild Christmas” (one of my mom’s favorites).

    I tend to gravitate toward rock. Either rock’n’roll (Elvis, Brenda Lee) or heavier modern stuff (the “Merry Axemass” albums are *fantastic*). Novelty stuff if it isn’t too annoying can be fun. Oh, and soul/blues artists often put out some amazing holiday material.

    Some links for you to ignore:

  6. Hurray! A Mikey post!

    I love Christmas music. Well, most of it. I can’t stand “Santa Baby” and I’m not fond of the same stuff Tam doesn’t care for. I love the old school stuff the most. And it’s not Christmas until I listen to Rod Mckuen’s New Carols for Christmas.

    I can’t believe you stressed over what to give your bloggy gift exchange recipient!

  7. I like most Christmas music, although I can’t stand “Grandma Got Runover By A Reindeer”, “Christmas Shoes”, anything covered by Kenny G, and the Hannakuh song (just cause I usually hear it WAY too many times). And yeah, i dont want to hear any of it before Thanksgiving. Other than that, it’s all good.

    Michelle M., how, oh HOW can you not like Santa Baby? DO you not like both the Eartha Kitt and Madonna versions?????


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