“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, everywhere you go…”
True. The streets twinkle with gold and green, and the familiar December chill is here to stay. The sounds, decorations and general holiday cheer of December began long before the “un-official” start of the season (the day after Thanksgiving) with dancing Santas and Christmas carols spotted and heard in department stores as early as Halloween.
But it’s also beginning to SOUND a lot like Christmas, EVERYWHERE you go. In every store, mall, and even in the car it’s nearly impossible to escape hokey holiday music this season.
The tradition of singing Christmas carols is said to have been introduced into church services in the 12th century by St. Francis of Assisi. The first carols of course revolved around the nativity story, but as Christmas became more widely celebrated and commercialized, and the legend of Santa Claus more accepted, other holiday songs began to seep into popular culture.
Enter some of the most annoying songs that inevitably hit the air waves every December:
“Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer”
Made popular by Elmo & Patsy, this song about poor Grandma’s run-in with Santa Claus is funny for the first few days of the season, but after that, the eggnog jokes and southern twang just become too much.
“The Chipmunks Song”
The first time Alvin, Simon and Theodore hit their high notes, particularly when Alvin requests his “hula hoop,” it’s cute. But, as the song continues, the insanely high voices are enough to make listeners swear they’re listening to an old, broken cassette tape.
“Little Drummer Boy”
With everyone making covers of these “pa rum pum pum pums,” this holiday classic will undoubtedly be pounded into every innocent listener’s head at some point this season.
“Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”
Covered by various artists over the years, “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” was a great attempt at a hip Christmas carol, but after it’s been used in every holiday movie and parade, it’s status has moved to overplayed.
“Santa Baby”
There’s just something inherently wrong with every throaty version of this sexy holiday song that prompts a chubby man in a red velvet suit to “hurry down the chimney tonight.”
Don’t let the abundance of over done, trite holiday tunes become overkill this season. Embrace holiday music by seeking out some lesser known carols and making a unique mix CD. Our favorites include Bob Marley and the Wailers’ “White Christmas,” Adam Sandler’s “The Chanukah Song,” to highlight other cultural celebrations. And your favorite band or performer is sure to have a Christmas CD on shelves. We also recommend checking out the “Maybe This Christmas” collection, with seasonal favorites from artists including Ben Folds, Death Cab for Cutie, and Badly Drawn Boy on three individual CDs.
But, remember, as your ears bleed thanks to the holiday music blasting through the department store, anything, anything , beats those damn barking dogs.

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