Glad you asked.
Christmas songs are a reminder that the holidays are approaching, around the corner, or here (and you're left to hunt at Walgreens and 7 Eleven for a last minute gift).
This is the time of year when most of us are busy doing the most. So while some pull out their holiday sweaters and merrily deck the halls the rest of us are bah humbugging all the way.
Here's a few reasons why:
The Religious Disconnect:
I straddle two worlds, two religions, and it often leads to the most confusing time of the year. I also lived in a densely populated Jewish community for some years and so I'm always making sure I don't offend. "Seasons Greetings" & "Happy Holidays" come as natural to me as "Hello". It can get pretty overwhelming which is probably why my 4 yr old son can't wait for "Present Day" (I'll wait while y'all throw stones...at him...his words not mine. LOL!) Sometimes I just want to scream along as young Michael Jackson sings "Santa Claus is Coming to Town"!! But we all know that if you scramble the letters SANTA it also spells SATAN. No? Just me huh? How much does therapy costs?
Summer Ends & Up Goes All Of The Lights:
I don't think we made it home from our 4th stop Thanksgiving Day before The Temptations started singing "Silent Night". My hubby & I were both like Really? Can we at least get the gravy stains off our shirts first? Lawd! By the time we pulled into our driveway the entire front of our neighbors home was twinkling in energy efficient light blue lights (even though they still have pumpkins out...right now..there are still pumpkins in front of there home RIGHT NOW!) And as bad as we needed toilet paper black Friday I waited until after 5pm before I left my house. Crazy black Friday shoppers with their jingles bells and sleighs taking up all the prime parking spots. Geesh go home already!!
Making a List &
We should all be more like Mariah Carey. She only wants "You" for Christmas. Whomever that is. The rest of us are more like Destiny's Child "8 Days of Christmas". We want stuff...lots of it...and stuff is expensive. And the list can get lengthy. And if you're like my hubby or my friends you start taking an inventory of what each kid will receive to make sure it's either equal in quantity or price. Stuff + wrapping paper + bows = not disappointing anyone. Let's face it. None of us are ever 100% ready. There's always one more gift to buy, one more card to send...or text...or mass Facebook status update. There are cookies and meals to plan. The "do we have enough tape & batteries" & "where are the scissors"? Most of us are doing it with the same monthly budget we had in April. The fact that anyone gets anything done at all is the real miracle.
The Holiday Hop:
Donny Hathaway's "This Christmas" sounds magically impossible. So you're just gonna hang on the mistletoe & fa la la la la by the fireside...just caroling up and through the night huh? Where they do that at? The rest of us are doing our holiday house hop. We're snatching the kids from their new gifts & throwing them in the back of the car so they can get more gifts they won't have time to enjoy. We're ripping perfectly wrapped gifts trying to fit them in the trunk of the car that we need to clean out. We're being forced fed another plate of food and Grandma's 7 Up Cake (although we don't mind the 7 Up Cake). It can get quite overwhelming and fattening. I got 'itis just typing this.
So while I rest for Present Day y'all can enjoy the songs & answer the questions below. LOL!!!
The OCS (The Original Christmas Song): "This Christmas" Donny Hathaway
The Festive: "All I Want For Christmas Is You" Mariah Carey
The Disclaimer: "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" Jackson 5
The Fastest: "8 Days of Christmas" Destiny's Child
The Longest: "Silent Night" The Temptations
So lovely people do you become merry with glee when you hear Christmas songs? Do they put you in the mood to have a hap happiest jolly good time? Or are you the Grinh Who Hates Christmas Songs?
The Floor is open.