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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

The Ten Worst Christmas Songs

You probably have you own list of "worst", which I would be delighted to read! These are just the ones that Rob, the kids, and I have been griping about hearing on the radio. So, taking a break from my literary pursuits, here is my list:

10. A Marshmallow World in the Winter-- Having grown up in Florida, I didn't even know what this song was talking about. Even where winters are chilly you are more likely to get " A Mud-Slurpee World" for most of the winter months. 

9. Santa Baby-- I actually like the Eartha Kitt version of this, which is both lighthearted and ironic. But my hubby hates it. Especially in later versions like Madonna and Taylor Swift where the joke is either stale or just plain missed. 

8. Christmas Is... --the Johnny Mathis version. Yuck.

7. Merry Christmas Darling--by the Carpenters. Ditto.

6. Please Daddy Don't Get Drunk This Christmas -- Does anyone remember the John Denver version of this?  It played on the radio all the time when I was a kid.  It still makes me a little nauseous. 

5. River--by Joni Mitchell.  True meaning of Christmas: be depressed, scorn others' holiday preparations, skate. Not too holly-jolly.

4. Wonderful Christmas Time-- Sounds like it took Sir Paul about 5 minute to write this.  

3. Mary Did you Know? See Luke 1: 26-56.  Yeah, she knew.

2. Last Christmas--The best part about this song is that it encouraged my kids to write their own silly lyrics to the tune:
Last Christmas I gave you my heart
The very next day, you ripped  it apart.
Threw it down and stomped it real flat 
Now you're gonna pay for that.

1. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus--As my daughter put it, "Am I the only one who thinks that it would NOT be a laugh if my father caught my mother canoodling with some strange costumed man in our living room?"

Feel free to disagree, but also tell me your favorites.  I will post my own list before New Year's, but here is one. Keep being Merry!


  1. Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire is my number one most-loathed. I don't see why songs about cold weather gain "carol" status. Whose Christmas tradition includes "telling ghost stories by the fire?"!

  2. True! I wondered if that line referred to "A Christmas Carol", although I wouldn't call that a ghost story. "Sleigh Ride" is another one on the same order.